RIM granted patent for automatic volume adjustment based on ear seal



    Just when you think RIM is down and out, they are granted a “patent for automatic volume adjustment based on ear seal”.

    This is a huge win for the company, and a massive loss for both Apple and Android vendors.

    RIM IS BACK!!!!!!!

    • ELNY

      That’s probably the worst assumption anyone could ever make. As cool as this may be, some people a) use handsfree devices, therefore negating the use of this feature and b) hold their phones to their face with the same pressure regardless of external environmental sources. Although a “cool” feature to have, this won’t save RIM at all.

  • Paul

    At least it is a patent on solid technology and not a swiping of a bar in a certain direction on a screen or some other BS. It isn’t going to have an impact on RIM however other than having the patent.

  • Marc-Olivier Hétu

    Great patent, great feature, but I wouldn’t buy a phone specifically for that. Right now, their biggest concern is their software and their apps. Stop playing around and get into it.

  • Jay

    I think a lot of bar enthusiasts would like this feature. I still see lots of people pressing their phone to their ears harder and harder while trying to plug their other ear.

  • LC

    You people are losing sight of what the patent is for. Protection of intellectual property.

    Maybe it’s not a deal breaker for a phone not to have it. But if other manufacturers decide “hey, this is a good idea.. let’s use it too” then RIM gets to reap the licensing benefits which is just an added bonus.

    Anyway, if Apple came up with this idea I’m sure Ifans would be like “APPLE IS THE GREATEST INNOVATOR! THIS IS THE BEST IDEA SINCE SLICED BREAD! APPLE IS LEADING THE INDUSTRY ONCE AGAIN!” etc etc.

  • CBV

    I would benefit from this feature.

  • Ryan

    That’s a pretty neat idea.

  • mark

    Wonder if Apple has a patent for being granted patents, maybe they’ll sue RIM for this!

  • Kalo

    Neat idea but honestly it’s not a great selling point.

    I’m pretty sure once they implement this into the next blackberrys 89% of the people that use the blackberry probably wont even notice the feature

  • seant

    i think a better way is to monitor background noise through the mic to adjust volume. Did someone already implement this? If not, start sending the cheques my way!!

  • steven schwartz

    Don’t club the baby ear seals!

  • no1 u no

    Ifonez allreadi haz dat

    • BB King

      iPhone (get the spelling right…..i`m sure there’s an App for that haha) does NOT have this feature you tool.

  • Chris S

    Go RIM!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Big Hairy Richard

      You look g*y, give me a call

  • ehoustoun

    RIM. Still great at phone calls, still mediocre at everything else.