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Wearable harness for computer tablet

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033872D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Dec-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Dec-30
Document File: 3 page(s) / 98K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a solution for a harness-like wearable system that ergonomically facilitates and eases the transportation and use of a computer tablet.

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Wearable harness for computer tablet

Many digital products need to be worn or carried when not in use. When in use, the current solutions often do not provide a comfortable way to interact with them. For example, computer tablets used as a work tool need to be picked up and put down multiple times throughout the day.

    The common solutions to this problem are shoulder straps, but currently, most shoulder straps in the market do not efficiently support bigger computer tablets. With a computer tablet hanging on a strap, movement can be uncomfortable and unsafe. Problems with current solutions:

Mobility. Computer tablets are hard to move around when hanging from a shoulder strap. A user in motion will more likely have a computer tablet that dangles and bounces over the waist. This is a liability for the computer equipment as well as for the user's safety.

Safety. A shoulder strap can potentially fall or slide off the shoulder, putting the computer tablet in danger of being damaged. It also makes the unit bounce over the user's body, which is not only uncomfortable, but can also cause injury. In addition, positioning a wireless-enabled tablet as far away from the user's lower extremities as possible is beneficial because it avoids exposure to potential radiation to this area, which is something that a conventional shoulder strap usually does.

Comfort and weight distribution. A shoulder strap puts all the weight of the supported computer tablet on the user's shoulder. The weight of the tablet is relative to the battery size; therefore, a bigger battery will make a bigger and heavier computer tablet.

    The disclosed invention is a harness-like wearable solution that ergonomically facilitates and eases the transportation and use of a computer tablet. The solution is convenient to use because it allows the computer tablet to be readily available when needed without being obtrusive to the user when it is not in use. When in use, it is easier to hold because the battery stays contained within the component of the wearable solution that is supported on the body, not in the tablet. Some of the advantages of this invention versus known solutions are:

Mobility. The computer tablet is being worn on the body in a way that is very comfortable while the user is in motion.

Safety. The computer tablet rests in a safer place where it is less likely to be hit against other objects, furniture, and so on. The unit is firmly secured on the body, and it does not dangle when the user is in motion. A special cup attachment enables easy latching and unlatching of the unit on the harne...