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Ergonomic monitor docking stand with TFT mount and support for CRT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126972D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Aug-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Aug-16
Document File: 4 page(s) / 200K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Ergonomic monitor docking stand with TFT mount and support for CRT

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Ergonomic monitor docking stand with TFT mount and support for CRT

     Users that utilize a notebook computer, a docking product (e.g. docking station or port replicator) and an external monitor typically have trouble finding enough desktop space for their equipment. To conserve desktop space, users can utilize several varieties of monitor stands that allow users to simply place a CRT or TFT monitor on a support surface above the docked notebook computer. The problem with these solutions is that they all create a monitor height that is too high for a some users (depending on the sitting eye height of the user and the height of the work surface). When a user places an external monitor on the monitor stand, they are, in effect, utilizing two stands; the stand integrated into the external monitor and the additional stand. In addition, many typical monitor stands prohibit an open access and clear view to all the features of the notebook computer and docking product that rest below the monitor stand. There remains a need for a monitor stand that conserves desktop space while providing monitor heights that comply with ergonomic recommendations and accommodate visual preferences for all users, and also provides better access and visibility to items below the stand.

     The concept of this invention is a multi-functional monitor stand for notebook computers that marries to existing docking products and positions a monitor over the notebook computer. Unlike existing monitor stand solutions, this invention allows mounting capabilities that allow lower positions for the external monitor when it is mounted to the stand. The most effective method for providing lower positions for the external monitor is to allow the user to mount a TFT monitor to the monitor stand with its integrated base removed. By removing the integrated base, the height of the monitor is only driven by the height of its mount on the monitor stand. By providing multiple monitor positions, including several that are closer to the desktop, the solution of this invention will allow the user to mount any TFT monitor (using VESA standards) in an optimal position for their sitting eye height and visual preferences, see FIG1. However, there are still users that may want t...