Hardware

Fantastic folding laptop designs

Accordion-fold Laptop computer (Figure 1)

U.S. Patent number: 6,256,192
Filed: Aug. 9, 1999
Issued: Jul. 3, 2001
Inventor: Robert Shannon
Assignee: Packard Bell NEC, Inc.

Seeking to move beyond the "clam-shell" design used by most laptops, Robert Shannon proposed an Accordion-Fold Laptop Computer. According to the patent, Shannon's design would provide improved thermal management, ergonomic features, and greater battery capacity. The design would achieve these goals without "substantially increasing the overall thickness or weight of the laptop".

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