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Ultra-compact, Auto-aligning, Convertible Audio Solution

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016457D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Feb-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-23
Document File: 3 page(s) / 111K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an ultra-compact, auto-aligning, convertible audio solution. Ultra-compact Flat panel speakers are stored (side-by-side or overlapping) inside an enclosure. Once the speakers are deployed outside of the enclosure (see convertible section), the cavity inside the enclosure where the speakers were stored may be used as a subwoofer bass chamber (in this case the enclosure will have a bass port hole). The ability to store flat panel speakers inside the subwoofer bass chamber saves a significant amount of desktop space while not in use and is much easier for the user to transport. This audio application may likely be integrated into a device with it’s own power supply; if so, this audio application should share the power supply with the parent device thus not requiring one of its own.

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Ultra-compact, Auto-aligning, Convertible Audio Solution

Disclosed is an ultra-compact, auto-aligning, convertible audio solution.

Ultra-compact

Flat panel speakers are stored (side-by-side or overlapping) inside an enclosure. Once the speakers are deployed outside of the enclosure (see convertible section), the cavity inside the enclosure where the speakers were stored may be used as a subwoofer bass chamber (in this case the enclosure will have a bass port hole). The ability to store flat panel speakers inside the subwoofer bass chamber saves a significant amount of desktop space while not in use and is much easier for the user to transport.

This audio application may likely be integrated into a device with it's own power supply; if so, this audio application should share the power supply with the parent device thus not requiring one of its own.

This audio application may likely be integrated into a device with it's own hardware or software user controls; if so, this audio application should share the user controls with the parent device thus not requiring it's own set of controls (ie power, bass, treble, volume, headphone jack, etc).

All audio wiring to the flat panel speakers is integrated inside the enclosure and is hidden from the user's view.

The combination of hideaway audio, integrating with the parent power supply, integrating with the parent user controls, and integrated audio wiring makes for an extremely ultra-compact, user friendly audio solution.

Auto-aligning

Flat panel speakers commonly deliver directional midrange and high frequencies...