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Adjustable Dual Display Flat-Panel Monitor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032049D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Described is a design that allows both a user and a person on the other side of the user's desk, to view a computer display. With the commonly used single display flat-panel, if a user sitting across from another person wishes to show his/her display to that person, they must either rotate the panel or ask the person to come over to their side of the desk, Also, if the user has certain windows open that contain private or confidential information, he/she must close or minimize these windows before showing their display. With this design, the user selects which specific window or information he/she wishes the other side to see, while leaving other confidential or private information viewable only to the user. Finally, with this design, the user can expand their virtual workspace to twice the size when needed, and then reduce when not, which saves desk space.

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Adjustable Dual Display Flat-Panel Monitor

The core idea of this design involves using two flat-panel displays joined by a hinge on one side. When the displays are "closed", i.e. facing opposite directions, one side is considered the master, the other is the slave. If a user wants to display information to the slave, they simply mark that window as "slave accessible" and it appears on both the master and slave. This feature eliminates the problems of rotating the display, having the other person physically move, and having to close confidential/private windows/applications. When the displays are "open", i.e. both facing the user, the workspace is extended, allowing the user to utilize both displays as one. This feature allows a user the option of expanding his/her display when needed, but also reducing when not.

The software mechanism used two switch display methods would be similar to what is used with laptops when connected to an additional display. Both panels are attached to a hinge on one side. The base of the dual display is the width of one panel. However to stabilize during extended display, there is a vertical stabilizer stand that can fold down to maintain balance. Here are some diagrams to help explain:

In addition, the design can use attachable arms to allow for tilt adjustment of each panel:

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