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Suction Cup Security System for Laptop Docking Station

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120265D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cordes, MJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a device which secures the laptop when it is installed in a docking station since theft of laptop computers has become a major problem in and out of the workplace.

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Suction Cup Security System for Laptop Docking Station

      Disclosed is a device which secures the laptop when it is
installed in a docking station since theft of laptop computers has
become a major problem in and out of the workplace.

      This device employs suction or vacuum to secure the docking
station to the work surface (such as a desk or table top) as shown in
Figs. 1 and 2.  The device consists of a rubber bladder on the
underside of the docking station which contacts the work surface, and
a lever on the top of the docking station (beneath where the laptop
is installed).  When the lever is engaged, the center of the bladder
is drawn away from the work surface creating a vacuum beneath the
docking station, making it impossible to remove.  With the laptop in
place, the  lever is inaccessible, and the laptop is secure.

      This same concept could be implemented in a device designed
just to secure the laptop to be used when a docking station is not
available.  The device would latch to the laptop in the same way that
the docking station does and would employ the same bladder to secure
the device to the work surface.