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A touch sensitive slide method of opening an IBM Thinkpad CD Tray

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031507D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 196K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The current invention relieves the user of searching for small buttons to open the CD tray. A thin, touch sensitive strip would be applied along the front of the CD tray, that would trigger the CD tray to open when the user slides a finger along the strip. Users could remain in their normal posture and simply slide their finger along the side of their laptop with little regard to exactly where the CD tray is.

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A touch sensitive slide method of opening an IBM Thinkpad CD Tray

Background / Problem Solved by Invention

The normal posture and physical orientation of users is not conducive to opening the CD tray on the side of IBM Thinkpads. Currently, there is a blue button that, when pressed, opens the CD tray (see red circle in figure below). This button is small and not visible when using the laptop computer in a normal posture. This design can make opening the CD tray difficult. The tactile feedback is also minimal, and the user may end up fumbling a bit to get the tray open, and may have to bend over the side of the laptop to try to view exactly where the button is so they can press it. The current invention will solve this problem.

Figure 1. Existing CD tray appearance and operation.

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Description of Invention

The current invention relieves the user of searching for small buttons to open the CD tray. A thin, touch sensitive strip would be applied along the front of the CD tray, that would trigger the CD tray to open when the user slides a finger along the strip. Users could remain in their normal posture and simply slide their finger along the side of their laptop with little regard to exactly where the CD tray is. They wouldn't be required to hit a small target (e.g., the small button) to open the tray, but could rather perform a more gross sweeping movement to accomplish the task. This would great...