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Wireless charging station in top cover of Multifunction Printer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000209458D
Publication Date: 2011-Aug-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

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Abstract

This idea proposes to install an inductive wireless charging device in the top horizontal cover of Multifunction Printers (MFP). This would enable the use of a Service Technician’s laptop computer, without the need to plug the laptop charger into a convenience outlet, during lengthy service calls. This would also prevent the depletion of the battery and alleviate the need to find a power source for the laptop charger.

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Wireless charging station in top cover of Multifunction Printer

This idea proposes to install an inductive wireless charging device in the top horizontal cover of Multifunction Printers (MFP).  This would enable the use of a Service Technician’s laptop computer, without the need to plug the laptop charger into a convenience outlet, during lengthy service calls.  This would also prevent the depletion of the battery and alleviate the need to find a power source for the laptop charger.

When a Service Technician is dispatched to a customer site to service an MFP (or other copier/printer), quite often they will have a laptop computer with them which is used to help repair the customer's machine.  Depending on the length of the service call, the Technician may need to spend time setting up the laptop with a power cord.  Also, there is no guarantee that a convenience outlet is easily accessible at the location of the machine. This could result in the laptop being set up further away from the machine than desirable or possibly trailing cables longer distances, resulting in a trip hazard. This idea proposes utilizing a now common technique of inductive charging to eliminate the need to have power cords to charge electronic devices for Service Technicians during Service Calls. The use of an inductive mat within the machine would mean that powered equipment could be used at the machine without the need to trail long cables and so reduce health and safety risks associated with tra...