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A "Two-Sided" Laptop Display

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028937D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jun-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jun-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Laptop Computers with "Two-sided" Displays

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A "Two-Sided" Laptop Display

The idea behind this is quite simple: as you can see in the picture below, laptops generally have just one viewing surface (the inside "lid").

A problem arises when sitting at a table and discussing something with a person across from you. Say, for example, you want to show them something on your screen. In order to do so, you have to relinquish control of the laptop by turning the laptop around so that the other person can see what's on the screen, or the other person has to move next to you (and as you can see from the image below, moving next to someone may not be very easy).

A relatively easy way around this problem is to implement the idea presented here, which is simply to have an additional viewing surface on the opposite side of the laptop display, one that stays in-sync with what's being displayed on the primary display. This way, the person sitting opposite from you will be able to easily see what's being displayed.

Of course, two things come to mind:

    1) Allowing the "secondary" display to actually display anything is under the control of the user (similar to hitting Alt-F7 on IBM laptops to allow the display to show on a screen or projector).

    2) A cover will still be needed for the laptop so that the secondary display doesn't get messed up because it will now be on the "outside" of the laptop when the lid is closed.

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