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Cable Clamp for Computer Accessories

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118186D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Denny, I: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

As more personal computer components are becoming prone to theft, the requirement to secure easily removable items, such as keyboards and mice, has increased in significance. This is especially true where personal computers are being used in public places, as well as in the traditional office environment.

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Cable Clamp for Computer Accessories

      As more personal computer components are becoming prone to
theft, the requirement to secure easily removable items, such as
keyboards and mice, has increased in significance.  This is
especially true where personal computers are being used in public
places, as well  as in the traditional office environment.

      Also, in a two-element computer design, the keyboard or the
mouse cable may become dislodged by rotation or tilting of the unit.
Such an instance would render the system inoperable and require  the
system to be rebooted.

The cable clamp shown in the Figure addresses these problems:

      A clamp member (b) formed from plastic or, if greater security
is desired, from a metal such as diecast aluminium or zinc, is
slotted at its edge to accommodate the accessory cables.  The clamp
member (b) has a recessed aperture to receive a tamper-proof screw
(a) which is designed to be screwed into a fixing location (e) on the
computer chassis.

Operation
  1.  Retaining screw (a) is unscrewed and the cable clamp (b)
       removed from the rear of the computer.
  2.  The keyboard cable (c) and the mouse cable (d) are
       inserted into their respective ports.
  3.  Both cables are then looped towards the back of the computer.
      o  Each of the cables should be inserted into their
          respective location slots in the cable clamp as
          shown in 3.1 (the cable cla...