Patent Bolt discovered and reported on Toshiba having invented a future eBook-like device just last week. We noted at that time that the dual display eBook design is one that both Microsoft and Samsung are currently working on as well. It's a next-wave trend that is likely to come to market in the not-too-distant future. Now a second patent application from Toshiba has surfaced and this time around we learn that one of their research teams have invented a future Ultrabook-like design that could double as an eBook with just a few hardware twists. While the idea behind the hybrid design is fascinating, Toshiba may first introduce the practical side of this invention which is the built-in notebook stand. Then again, only time will tell.
An Overview of Toshiba's Invention
Toshiba has invented a unique hybrid stand/hinge that will support a future Ultrabook and/or eBook being that the hinge allows the device to open 180 degrees.
Toshiba's patent FIGS.1and 2 noted below illustrate a PC notebook that will provide users with a built-in stand. The stand will involve the use of a biaxial hinge mechanism and interlock that will allow the user to adjust and lock in the angle that best suits their needs. One point about this design is noted as being a design to relieve wrist strain.
According to Toshiba's filing, the design and mechanisms could be extended and integrated into future products such as an eBook, mobile phone, smartphone or PDA. In respect to an eBook, Toshiba makes it a point to describe a notebook that could act as an eBook by replacing the traditional keyboard with a touch display. In this scenario, the keyboard would simply be a virtual keyboard that is similar to those being used in tablet computers today.
In an alternative embodiment, Toshiba focuses on the simplicity of adding foldable back-end feet for the notebook that are shown below in patent FIG. 19.
The vast majority of Toshiba's invention revolves around the complexity of their notebook hinge and braking mechanisms that could double as an eBook Hinge.
Toshiba's patent application was filed in Japan under 2011-033806 in Q4 2011 and published by the U.S. Patent Office in Q3 2012.
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