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Modular Computer Cover Concept

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118200D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bigelow, SP: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

Disclosed is design concept for computer covers which takes a modular approach. The Industrial Design (ID) or 'look' of a computer cover may need to be changed or updated as market conditions dictate. This change usually needs to happen quickly so as to be first to market with a new 'look'. The concept disclosed meets the needs for this fast paced change.

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Modular Computer Cover Concept

      Disclosed is design concept for computer covers which takes a
modular approach.  The Industrial Design (ID) or 'look' of a computer
cover may need to be changed or updated as market conditions dictate.
This change usually needs to happen quickly so as to be first to
market with a new 'look'.  The concept disclosed meets the needs for
this fast paced change.

      The concept consist of a 'skeleton' which will accept the
outer 'skin' components.  These outer 'skin' components make up the
'look'.  The 'skeleton' can be mounted directly to the chassis or
sandwiched between top cover / chassis and some components of the
outer 'skin'.  The 'skin' components can be snapped or screwed in
place on to  the 'skeleton'.  The 'skeleton' can remain the same
while the 'skin' changes to give a different 'look'.  See the Figure
for an exploded view  of this concept.  This Figure shows the
'skeleton' sandwiched between a  top cover and upper and lower 'skin'
components.  These components are  fastened to the top cover through
the 'skeleton'.  Additional 'skin' components are snapped into place
to complete the 'look'.  This Figure  also shows a handle which is
captured between the skeleton and the top  cover.  This handle is
part of the modular 'skin' and can be changed to  accommodate
different 'looks'.