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Kinematic Laptop Securing Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021981D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Kinematic Laptop Securing Device

1. Describe your invention, stating the problem solved (if appropriate), and indicating the advantages of using the invention. We have observed that users of laptop in the workplace tend to carry their laptop open. However, when open the center of gravity of the laptop shifts upward and away from the user causing the laptop to tilt away from the user. This makes the laptop difficult to balance in non-office environments and limiting the usefulness of the machine in these envrionments. In addition, users of laptops naturally solve this problem by sitting in an unnatural position (ie both legs together) to keep the machine balanced while having access to the keyboard. We have created a method by which a laptop can be attached to the user freeing the user from the problem of balancing the computer while using it. The attaching device can be detachable, small, lightweight and have a low profile so as not to interfere with laptop's function as either mobile computing device, or at docking station.

In the first embodiment the attaching device is part of the case which automatically extends from the front of the case when the lid is open. The attaching device as part of the machine has the added benefit that it can also be used to secure the device to a large object to prevent theft.

The second embodiment involves a strap (eg. nylon) attached to the front of the machine via a harden platic clip or velcro on either side of the center of mass. In the second embodiment, the user placed the strap under the forearm of the carrying arm. This would be use for carry the device short distance (ie. in the office).

In the third embodiment, the user in a siting position places the strap under the thigh of the leg used to hold the machine. In both cases, the strap can be tighten or loosened to accommadate the comfort of the user and provide adequate balance of the device. This would be used for extended period...