Dismiss
InnovationQ will be updated on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 10am ET - noon. You may experience brief service interruptions during that time.
Browse Prior Art Database

Autolocking Mobile Docks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020609D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a device that automatically locks a mobile device to mobile dock when it is docked. It is designed for the convenience of frequent mobile dock users.

This text was extracted from a PDF file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 57% of the total text.

Page 1 of 1

Autolocking Mobile Docks

    Disclosed is a device that automatically locks a mobile device to mobile dock when it is docked. It is designed for the convenience of frequent mobile dock users.

    There are many varieties of mobile docks. Mobile docks offer quick connections to ports like power, Ethernet, serial, printer, USB, firewire, video, and audio. Mobile docks may also provide additional harddrives, PCI/PCMCIA and similar slots, CDROM/CDRW/DVD drives, additional batteries for mobile operation, and charging facilities for these or similar batteries. Different manufacturers call mobile docks different names. Popular names include dock, extender, media slice, and port replicator. In some cases, mobile docks provide ports, media, or functions that are not available on the mobile device itself.

    Perhaps the most significant role a dock plays is that of security. Docks are typically physically secured to the workspace via a cable lock. Cable locks are typically secured to large or heavy objects like a desk. This allows mobile users to dock their mobile device, lock it to the mobile dock, and leave their mobile device unattended. Mobiles devices include notebooks, PDAs, tablets, and other forms of portable devices.

    The lock that secures a mobile device to a mobile dock typically requires a key for locking and unlocking. A popular mobile dock locking implementation forces the user to put the lock into the locked position before the key can be removed. Thus, to dock and lock...