Saturday, March 26, 2005

Slider, slider-why art'h thou gone

We al can emeber the Zire 71. Its camera was protected by the housing, only to be actviated by sliding the unit open. Also, there are theb TT,T2 and T3. These machines were smaller than a Palm V, but still had screens bigger than any Palm OS handheld ever had before(TT3).
many people(including me) were annoyd by the sliders, as they were not firm enough. A slight push, and the unit contracted, and a slight pull and the unit was open.
Luckily, I know a professor of applied machine engineering. The slider was demonstrated to him-and his only reaction was: OMG what a stupid way to build it.
He suggested a button that was required for moving the slider. A simple steel knob could hold the slider in place firmly, pushing the button would pull it back and permit the slider to move. 100% firm.....
Lets now forget about how PalmOne's implementation was-the sliders are gone from the Zire 72 and the T5. But, other companies adapted the concept-these images show a Samsung camera phone that reveals its keyboard and camera when opened:

And one last, miscellaneous thing-did you ever wonder where PalmOne got the idea for the logo orb from? Here is an old Erricson phone-look carefully at its bottom!

Did you like the slider?

6 Comments:

Anonymous Steven Fisher said...

Yes, I do lke it. It lets me carry it around in a slightly more compact form. Further, while I've heard a lot of people complain about how the slider will break, I have yet to actually hear a report of it happening.

With the greatest respect to your expert, the slider does not need to be a miracle of engineering with the half life in U-238. It just needs to outlast the usefulness of the rest of the T3. Not a problem when the screen starts whining after a month or two.

10:48 PM  
Blogger ryan said...

I really liked the slider. Steven's comment about the size is definitely very true. Even just for pure aesthetics, or the user experience - the slider was very 'sexy'. I think most probably symbolized by the Nokia 7xxx in the first Matrix. The phone in the second one was styled after a magazine loaded into a sidearm - another Hollywood sexy motion and noise.
The slides exudes cool - but yes, I definitely like the smaller profile.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
first of all, thank you for commenting.
Little note to steve-the buzzing can be handled with a bit of shareware. Then, one needs the slider fix again...
Best regards
Tam Hanna

9:52 PM  
Anonymous David L. said...

I love my T2 and and annoyed that Palm has dropped the slider deisgn. Yes, perhaps it could have stood some design improvements to make it more "firm" but I totally love teh smaller form factor. I wish they would bring it back.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
I can only agree!
Best regards
Tam Hanna

4:02 PM  
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