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Desk Top Holster for a Tablet Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115610D
Original Publication Date: 1995-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Battiloro, GJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Described is a holster into which a tablet, or pen-based computer may be placed for use as a desk top computer. The holster, which holds the computer so that the screen is oriented as the screen of the display unit of a desk top computer system, also provides connections to a keyboard, to a printer, to a telephone line through a modem, and to external electrical power through a power supply.

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Desk Top Holster for a Tablet Computer

      Described is a holster into which a tablet, or pen-based
computer may be placed for use as a desk top computer.  The holster,
which holds the computer so that the screen is oriented as the screen
of the display unit of a desk top computer system, also provides
connections to a keyboard, to a printer, to a telephone line through
a modem, and to external electrical power through a power supply.

      The Figure is a partially exploded view of a tablet computer 10
arranged with a holster 12 into a configuration easily usable on a
horizontal surface as a desk top computer.  Holster 12 includes a
pocket 13, into which a side 16 of computer 10 is slid, and a support
surface 18, which extends upward from pocket 14 to support the tablet
computer 10 at an angle at which display screen 20 may be
conveniently
viewed.  Holster 12 may be easily carried by means of slots 21.

      When side 16 is fully inserted into pocket 14, electrical
connections are made between computer 10 and a docking connector 22
of holster 12.  Within holster 12, a power supply 24 converts line
current from a line cord voltage which can be used to operate
computer 10.  On a side 28 of holster 12, a connector 30 is also
provided for connecting a keyboard 32 to the computer 10 through
docking connector 22.  Similarly, a connector 34 is provided for the
attachment of a printer (not shown), and a connector 36 is provided
for the attachment of a telepho...