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A method for magnetic alignment and attachment of a notebook computer to a dock.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000186506D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Aug-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Aug-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

Lenovo

Abstract

Traditional mechanical docks require the user to align the system on at least one axis, if not two. The presented invention discusses a method for using magnets to aid the user in aligning and attaching the system to the dock.

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A method for magnetic alignment and attachment of a notebook computer to a dock.

Current mechanical docking solutions require the system to be hooked or slotted to the dock so that the connectors on the dock and the system are aligned. This causes many headaches for those who design the systems and docks, as well as those supporting the docks. Additionally, current mechanical solutions require the user to press a button or pull a lever, requiring significant force expenditure on the part of the user.

Rather than the traditional docking methods, the use of a magnet (or set of magnets) would allow the user a wider range of set-down points for the system resulting in the proper alignment and attachment of the system to the dock. It also frees the designers from having to utilize traditional affordances and constraints in the design of the dock. Also, because magnets are employed, the attachment force can be tuned so that it is the optimum balance of attachment and ease of removal.