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Dual-Orientation Docking Platform for Notebook Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116134D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cohen, M: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a docking platform configured to hold a notebook computer in a horizontal or vertical orientation.

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Dual-Orientation Docking Platform for Notebook Computer

      Disclosed is a docking platform configured to hold a notebook
computer in a horizontal or vertical orientation.

      The Figure is an isometric view of the docking platform 1
holding a notebook computer 2 in a horizontal orientation, as viewed
from above and in the rear.  With docking platform 1 in this
orientation, the lid portion 3 of notebook computer 2 can be rotated
into an alternate open position indicated by dashed lines 4, exposing
a keyboard and pointing stick (both not shown) of notebook computer 2
for operation by the user, and exposing a Liquid Crystal Display
(LCD) screen, extending along an inner surface of lid portion 3, for
viewing from the front.  A slanted lower surface 5 of the front
portion of the docking platform 1 and a pair of pivotable rear legs 6
support the docking platform at an angle providing for comfortable
use of the notebook computer keyboard.  A front portion 7 of the
docking station functions as a palm rest when the keyboard is in use.

      Docking platform 1 can also be used to hold notebook computer 2
in a vertical orientation, with rear surface 8 of the docking
platform lying on a horizontal surface, such as that of a table.  In
this orientation, lid portion 3 must be closed.  In either
orientation, with lid portion 3 closed, the user can power on the
notebook computer with for use with an external keyboard, mouse, and
Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) display (all not shown), along with other
peripherals attaching to the docking station, such parallel and
serial port devices and a slot for attachment cards...