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Automatic Flap Door for Notebook Personal Computer/Docking Station Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118055D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fujino, T: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes an automatic flap door that can be used in a notebook Personal Computer (PC) and docking station. The flap door has an automatic open/close mechanism, and it causes space saving and no additional expenses for extra parts.

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Automatic Flap Door for Notebook Personal Computer/Docking Station
Connector

      This article describes an automatic flap door that can be used
in a notebook Personal Computer (PC) and docking station.  The flap
door has an automatic open/close mechanism, and it causes space
saving and no additional expenses for extra parts.

      Fig. 1 shows a connector of the docking station.  The connector
has two pins (1) for positioning with mating, and these pins have the
function to open the flap door, too.  Fig. 2 shows the flap doors
which return automatically when any external force is removed by
means of spring for returning.  Figs. 3, 4, 5 show an operation for
opening the flap doors.  At first, the connector with two pins (1)
approaches to slopes (2) of flaps (Fig. 3).  And then, the pins (1)
make flap doors to open by the shape of slopes (2) (Fig. 4).  Then,
the connector of the docking station also makes flap doors to open by
pushing and mates with the connector of the PC (Fig. 5).

      Since this mechanism minimizes the space and quantity of parts,
this can be applicable for all docking door mechanisms.