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Laptop Laptop Port Replicator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000125892D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jun-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A laptop port replicator device which is secured to the user's lap, and to which the laptop computer is secured. This permits the user to use the laptop computer as a true laptop, safely and comfortably, and most particularly, at an ergonomically optimum viewing angle. At the same time, the known advantages of port replicator devices are preserved. In addition to assuring device safety, the proposed invention also provides features which maximize user temperature comfort while also permitting maximum heat dissipation from the laptop computer.

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Laptop Laptop Port Replicator

Main Idea

1. Background: What is the problem solved by your invention? Describe known solutions to this problem (if any). What are the drawbacks of such known solutions, or why is an additional solution required? Cite any relevant technical documents or references.

PROBLEM

A laptop computer resting on a desk or tabletop or other fixed-height surface in a hotel room, in an airliner, at home or in the office can be difficult to adjust to the optimum comfortable angle for the individual user. This is often due to the surface being too high or too low. In fact, it is rare that available fixed-height surfaces provide optimum individual comfort for many individuals.

Bi/trifocal lenses worn by user can further exacerbate this problem.

Such awkward angles can result in discomfort and possible long-term damage to neck, hands/wrists, and possibly, to eyes. Needlessly elevated fatigue levels are also a certain result.

One obvious remedy is to place the laptop on the lap as the name suggests. However, placing the laptop device on one's lap can present the following problems:
* Danger of laptop slipping off the lap, with the possibility of damage to the device.
* Danger of laptop being out of balance and tipping over when the screen is opened to certain angles.
* Heat from the laptop: a) discomfort to user, b) impaired heat dissipation from the device due to proximity to user's body.

Basically, these limitations prevent the laptop computer from delivering its maximum convenience, fulfilling its stated mission: to be a LAPTOP device.

ADVANTAGES OF THE PROPOSED INVENTION

The proposed invention provides:
* Optimized ergonomics
* Reduced user fatigue
* Completely user-defined head/neck angle
* Reduced temperature discomfort
*...