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Guiding Recess for Stylus Cord

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113121D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bratton, W: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a hand-held computer, to which a stylus is attached by means of a cable acting as a tether, having a cover with grooved surfaces providing features for storing the cable and stylus.

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Guiding Recess for Stylus Cord

      Described is a hand-held computer, to which a stylus is
attached by means of a cable acting as a tether, having a cover with
grooved surfaces providing features for storing the cable and stylus.

      Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a portion of a cover of a
hand-held computer, together with a tethered stylus.

      Fig. 2 is a partial cross-sectional view of a corner of the
cover of Fig. 1, taken as indicated by section lines II-II in Fig. 1.

      Referring first to Fig. 1, a portable personal computer (not
shown) includes a stylus 10 for data input, attached thereto by means
of a cable 12.  A computer cover section 14, which may be composed,
for example, of a molded thermoplastic urethane material, includes a
groove 16 for storage of the cable and an enlarged trough 18 for
storage of the stylus.  At each corner 20 around which groove 16
extends, the groove is formed at a sweeping radius, so that the cable
can be easily pulled into the groove without damaging wires within
the cable.

      Referring to Fig. 2, groove 16 includes outwardly-diverging
entry surfaces 22 to allow for easy entry of the cable into the
groove.  At each corner 20, a ridge 24 acts as a hook to retain the
cable in place within the groove after it is pulled tightly around
the corner.  This configuration allows the cable and stylus to be
guided easily into the storage condition.