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Detachable Laptop Wireless Link

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031426D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention seeks to solve the above problem with the wireless link location by making the infrared device detachable from the laptop. This will allow for the user to easily use the laptop to transmit data via the infrared device without having to reposition the laptop to align infrared ports.

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Detachable Laptop Wireless Link

The problem is the viable usage of the wireless link to transmit data. The wireless link works well enough but it is extremely awkward to use. This is mostly due to the placement of the infrared transmitters. For example, the IBM ThinkPad T40 has the infrared link on the front left of the machine. So, to transmit data between two T40s, both machines must be facing one another. This makes it extremely hard for the user to actually use the laptop to select the files to transmit and for the second user to accept the incoming transmission.

The infrared device on the laptop can be detached similar to the external device drive on the IBM ThinkPads. This would be a simple push button or you could simply push the infrared device itself to release the catch mechanism. The infrared device would then be removed from the laptop and it would only be connected via a thin, retractable cable. This cable would be at least a foot in length to provide virtually any position around the laptop without forcing the user to reposition. Once the user is finished transmitting data, the infrared device can be retracted back into the laptop casing.

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