In 1987 IBM's Ted Selker, a former Xerox Park researcher, introduced the pointing stick for the notebook. In 1996 the idea was patented and right up until today the pointing stick is still integrated into Lenovo ThinkPad keyboards. Last week, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Motorola revealing a new notebook or Chromebook keyboard concept incorporating a mini trackpad right into the center of the spacebar. Whether Lenovo, who acquired Motorola last week, will want to modernize their keyboard line-up with this updated feature remains to be seen. For now, it's a simple idea that makes sense at first glance.