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Try this - lots of old examples out there
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 09:41 AM EDT
Think of all the credit cards out there with rounded corners.

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Try this - lots of old examples out there
Authored by: tknarr on Monday, August 20 2012 @ 11:38 AM EDT

I know my HP-48GX calculator has rounded corners on the case. Oddly they're asymmetric: the bottom corners (the end that goes first when inserting the calculator into a pocket or case) are more rounded than the top. The earliest calculator I had, a Radio Shack 4-function one w/memory from way back in the mid-70s, had the edges rounded on the ends. I'd always thought both came from the same motivation: sharp pointed corners catch and snag when trying to put something into a shirt pocket or sleeve, rounding the corners makes them slide smoothly. Given that I'm not even in industrial design and I was able to come to that conclusion back in elementary school, that makes a strong argument for obviousness on top of prior art. I'm fairly sure if you went to companies like Fluke (hand-held meters) or HP (calculators) or Nokia (cel phones) you can probably find records of case-design decisions going back forever saying basically "If it'll go in a pocket, round the edges/corners to avoid snagging/catching.".

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