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Infrared device for laptop file exchange

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018839D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 190K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This article describes a laptop's retractable device used to exchange files through a wireless infrared connetion. This device improves the customer experience when transferring files between laptops.

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Infrared device for laptop file exchange

   Laptops are currently being used extensively for business and private use. Other than being connected to a network, the most common and convenient way to share files between two laptops is using a wireless point to point transfer through the Infrared port (IR port) .

The IR port on laptops reside on one side of the laptop, so to send/receive files between two laptops, they have to be oriented in opposite directions (Fig.1). The file transactions are possible but in a very clumsy way because of the required limited positioning of the laptops. For example if two users are sitting next to each other at a table, to facilitate the file transfer, one laptop has to be turned with the back to the user.

Figure 1

Disclosed is a retractable device that circumvents the awkward positioning of the laptops when transferring files in a wireless mode. The IR device could be mounted on top of the laptop monitor and have a 360 degrees mobility (Fig. 2).

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Figure 2

Once retracted from its locked position, this IR device can be rotated and pointed to the adjacent laptop without the need to turn the second laptop away from a user. The rotative IR device can achieve a 360 degree coverage in a single position of the laptop. Since the monitor of the laptop has a folding mobility of 180 degrees, the combined coverage area of the infrared beam is much larger.

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