Many road warriors love their notebook touchpads and many of them prefer the use of a wireless mouse. Yet the hassle of carrying a mouse around and recharging it separately could be an inconvenience to some. The good news is that a solution might be in the works. A new patent application published by the US Patent Office last week revealed that Hon Hai, the Taiwan manufacturer who makes Apple's iPhone and iMac, Microsoft's Xbox and computers for Dell and HP, has come up with an invention for a hybrid notebook trackpad/wireless mouse. The notebook's design shows us an ejection button that's built right into the front of the trackpad so that it's convenient for users to pop out and use it as a wireless mouse. When your work is done, it's easy to snap back into you notebook. The device is likely to function very much like an Apple Magic Mouse or a Microsoft Touch Mouse does today.
Laptop Design with Ejectable Trackpad
Hon Hai Precision Industry's patent application was originally filed in Q3 2011. It's unknown at this time if Hon Hai is planning to sell this design to another PC company. For more information on this design, see patent application 20120314347.
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