Although creative, these four IBM laptop designs never made it to market--telescoping screen, pop-up magnifier, scissor hinge lid, and folding sun shield.
For decades, IBM was a pioneer in the portable computer market, introducing the venerable ThinkPad laptop brand--sold to Lenovo in 2005. And when Big Blue was still designing laptops, its engineers and designers came up with some pretty strange ideas.
Image taken from U.S. Patent 6,504,707 - Digitized by Google
The U.S. patent drawings in this gallery showcase four of those ideas:
- Telescoping display screen for frequent fliers
- Self-contained, pop-up magnifier to make the display's image larger
- Scissor-hinge lid for the ultimate in display flexibility
- Collapsible glare shield that looked like a giant, square ice cream cone
While none of these ideas made it to market in their original form, they illustrate the creativity of IBM employees. They also provide a glimpse of current technologies that were being toyed with years ago--such flippable displays (found in many convertible, tablet laptops).