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Ladder Unit for PC Storage

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038119D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brumbaugh, KA: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a stand which holds a display, printer, keyboard, CPU, and disk drivers. The unit folds up into the ceiling when not in use. The equipment is protected and out of the way when not in use, though it is very easy to access. No floor space is used.

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Ladder Unit for PC Storage

Disclosed is a stand which holds a display, printer, keyboard, CPU, and disk drivers. The unit folds up into the ceiling when not in use. The equipment is protected and out of the way when not in use, though it is very easy to access. No floor space is used.

The unit is a shallow long box which pivots down from the ceiling, attic-ladder style. Like the steps on some ladders, the platforms are linked so as to stay horizontal at any "ladder" angle. Each platform carries a piece of equipment. Depending on the type of house or office, the unit can be very shallow. The equipment moves into the attic through a cutout and under an adequate cover when not in use.

The figure shows a personal computer unit and associated peripherals which are controllably stored in the ceiling of a room. A ladder unit swings down from the ceiling when access to the unit is desired. A series of shelves (1) are firmly attached to the keyboard (2), the PC unit (3), and the monitor (4). The shelves
(5) are hinged in the front to the top rails (6). The shelves are hinged in the back to the bottom rails (7). These rails are attached in a similar manner to the top shelf (8). The top shelf is permanently mounted to the frame of the building. A motor (9) is used to control the relative angle of the rails to the top shelf. Rotation of the rails upward causes the shelves to rotate outward and upward. Therefore, in the up-position, the computer devices are all at the same ho...