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Kitchen Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114341D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 4 page(s) / 87K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Genduso, TB: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design of a computer system for the average home consumer that may be used in places such as the home kitchen or on top of a desk top. To satisfy such varied requirements the computer requires little space, packaged in a single unit, is portable, simple to operate, and operable with one hand.

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Kitchen Computer

      Disclosed is a design of a computer system for the average home
consumer that may be used in places such as the home kitchen or on
top of a desk top.  To satisfy such varied requirements the computer
requires little space, packaged in a single unit, is portable, simple
to operate, and operable with one hand.

      Shown in Fig. 1 is the disclosed computer system.  As seen in
the Figure, the computer is packaged such that it may be hung under a
typical home kitchen cabinet.  Because it's hung from the kitchen
cabinet, it does not take up valuable counter space in the kitchen
when used in this configuration.  When mounted on the special mount
bracket, the computer can swivel and turn (Fig. 2) so that the
computer display screen can be seen by the user from any part of the
kitchen.  Because the display can also rotate more than 270 degrees,
the user can also adjust the screen to different angles to reduce
light glare when hung under the kitchen cabinet.  When configured as
a kitchen computer, the computer accepts voice input commands.  Input
commands may also come from a touch screen.  When the computer is
detached from the special mount bracket under the kitchen cabinet,
the screen can be rotated 180 degree so that the system may be placed
on top of the deck and used as a "portable" computer.  When used in
this configuration, the screen has electronics to invert the screen
image such that "top" is "bottom", and "right" is "left".

      Fig. 2 shows the computer from the front view of the previous
Figure without it being mounted to the mounting bracket.  The "front"
also shows diskette/CD drive or PCMCIA slots.  The mounting bracket
is shown to the right without the computer.  The bottom right shows
the side view of the mounting bracket.  The computer is mounted by
inserting the computer rear (keyboard end) into rail "B" and "C" of
the mount bracket...