Laptop innovation flop: Detachable displays
by Bill Detwiler | August 27, 2010, 1:27pm PDT | Image 1 of 40
Removable stand alone display for laptop computer
Laptop innovations, like the trackpad and built-in webcam, have been wildly successful. Nearly every modern laptop has both.
But, not every portable and laptop computer "improvement" has caught on with consumers. The US patent drawings in this gallery showcase a definite miss--removable displays. Check out these early detachable display designs from tech heavyweights like IBM, Toshiba, Unisys, and others.
U.S. Patent number: 5,196,993
Filed: Apr. 15,1991
Issued: Mar. 23, 1993
Inventors: Matthew A. Herron and Dennis J. Boyle
Assignee: Unisys Corp.
In 1991, a pair of inventors from Unisys designed a laptop with screen that could be removed from the base computer and used as a "free-standing" display.
The patent describes the device as "a portable computer having a base housing and a removable display pivotably mounted thereon, the display being removable from the base housing to be made free-standing on pivotable support feet, while having a removable electrical cable to the base housing."
Image taken from U.S. Patent 5,196,993 - Digitized by Google
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A laptop with a removable display did exist
I can't remember the make of it bt it wasn't a popular make. I always wondered why such features weren't more popular.
It is how you name it........
Flopped idea or tablet ....
Removable LCD is possible and may be coming soon
Someone will be making laptop with removable/detachable LCD soon.
I think this laptop computer is where you can remove the LCD and use it as iPad.
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