Removable stand alone display for laptop computer
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Back in the 1990s we had a laptop which had a detachable screen. The rear of the screen also came off so that you could place the screen on an overhead projector (before the days of vga projectors) to project the display on to a screen. 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.
Asus Eeepad is a touchscreen LCD which is connectable to a keyboard. However this is not computer but only function like iPad. It is an iPad with a detachable keyboard. 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.
I don't understand why this feature wasn't popular. I have actually been seeking a laptop like this for ergonomic reasons. Neck pain would suddenly disappear if you could relocate the display to a place that was eye-level! gb
What I think, they should have components available where a person can be able to put together his or her laptop without all the added prices. It seems like the laptop market is closed for some people.
Haha!! A glimpse into corporate RnD before mandatory drug testing I guess. :p Those designers must have smoked some good stuff for those midnight cheeto/ design sessions. :p ;\
I'm wondering if this patent won't have value as some companies are coming out with laptop-tablet hybrids. Thus the "detachable display" part.
kinda off the beat on the techie world...but nice try anyway...for the author of this idea, just keep those brain cells moving someday you'll have your break innovation. http://bitsnipe.com/
Removable displays don't seem to add much user value. But industry standard interchangeable displays that would allow a laptop user to replace his laptop without necessarillly buying a new display (and trashing the fully functional old one) would be intriguing.
This is something I have proposed before. Now with the wireless technology we have a detachable screen could be used as a tablet computer with the base handling all the heavy number crunching and the screen (in tablet mode) simply sending pen/finger/virtual keyboard data back to the base unit (Or even through a WAN) and receiving screen update info in return. Varios battery configurations could be used depending on weight/resolution/run-time requirements.
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I could see a very useful "removeable" pad display. I suspect it will make some patent attorneys a ton of money pursuing this patent in the current pad/tablet market.
One of the research teams in the Computer Science department I worked in had one. It was designed so that you could remove the screen and then the back of the screen so you were left with an LCD display that could be placed onto an overhead projector. I believe it was effective - until the suitcase it was in got into the hands of a baggage handler at an airport - lots of pretty colours after that but not very useful!
I recently read that the Apple rumor mill says that Apple is coming out with a new tablet/pad/laptop similar to HP's Touchsmart. The big difference would be that it would not just be a touchscreen display, but could also be used like a pad or laptop. I'm no Apple fan, but why not do it this way. Why didn't HP think that way when developing the TouchSmart? Not having it just be a stand up display. I'm sure it is also thinner and lighter than the Touchsmart. I think it makes sense. I don't necessarily want a 50" HD screen in my lap, but I wouldn't mind a 22" or 24" screen. I can see many uses for this on a desk, on a lap, for people with handicaps that need more real estate on a touch screen and that can sit on their lap and not have to reach out to a vertical screen. I can see my stepson who has cerebral palsey being able to interact with the screen in so many ways. People who have no muscle control to write legibly can often make repeatable moves that could be easily interpreted with a gesture recognition type of model. Replace written language with gestures. I think this would work great. Come on HP, lets see a 24" ruggedized Touchsmart that can be oriented in any direction, even on a lap. HP is on my list for not being the innovator it once was. I hope it gets with the program and takes a few more risks with new ideas. Remember the HP35 with RPN. It revolutionized the calculator and our concept of using one. I know, you weren't born yet, but some of us remember!
IBM Convertible. I really liked it, and I still have it. Switching back and forth from the LCD, which was barely readable to the mono chrome monitor was a good compromise. I left the CRT monitor in my main office and carried the "laptop" every where in the field. I always had a search light with me to read the LCD display while on the road.
Yes. A Company I worked for bought a number of Toshiba T1600 (from memory) which had removable screens so that they could be "docked" with a CRT.
They're on my list for ridiculous over pricing. Go to their website, and you'll pay infinitely more for anything than you would from a retailer - even a high priced retailer like Best Buy. It puzzles me, it really does, why they do this. They don't even have the added expense of being the middle man, like a retailer does, and yet they charge more. They're not the only ones that do it, but for what I've looked at, they're the most extreme. But as for the rumored Apple tablet you mention, if Apple really does come out with a full-sized and full-featured tablet (in other words, NOT just an oversized iPad), I might actually be tempted to finally break down and buy an Apple product. The HP Touchsmart never even got a second glance from me. I thought, and still think, that it's a stupid idea. If they fix it and make it more versatile, I might at least give it another glance. Knowing Apple, though, they'll probably get it right first.