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Wearable Interconnection for Portable Computers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107697D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Harrison, CG: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for providing interconnection among a portable computer and various auxiliary devices such as a battery pack, a storage device, a printer or a wireless communications device. It is intended for use where these devices are to be carried on the person of the user, for example, a service technician, a survey engineer, and so forth. (Image Omitted)

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Wearable Interconnection for Portable Computers

       Disclosed is a method for providing interconnection among
a portable computer and various auxiliary devices such as a battery
pack, a storage device, a printer or a wireless communications
device.  It is intended for use where these devices are to be carried
on the person of the user, for example, a service technician, a
survey engineer, and so forth.

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      This invention proposes to interconnect wearable devices by a
flexible bus into which each device may be plugged.  The bus can
carry the following services:
1. DC power distribution at one or more voltages (5 V, 12 V, and so
forth).
2. Data bus signals, for example, SCSI.
3. Local area network signals, for example, Token Ring or Ethernet.

      The bus is implemented as a ribbon cable reinforced to
withstand the stress of use as a belt. Devices are connected to the
bus using snap-on ribbon cable connectors, as shown above. The cable
carries power, bus signals and network signals in a ring among the
various components plugged into it via sockets molded into the belt.