September 11, 2009, 4:13 PM —
Laptopia! The World’s Weirdest Portable Computers
There aren't many pieces of technological design that simply can’t be improved upon, but the clamshell-style laptop computer case - introduced by Grid Systems in 1982 - may be one of them. That’s why the vast majority of the portable computers built ever since have used it. But for more than a quarter-century now, inventors have been trying to top it, with folding screens, screens on stalks, folding keyboards, two-screen clamshells, tri-fold clamshells, and more. Most never even get off the drawing board. Herewith, a gallery of designs from Google Patents (click the filing dates to see the patents). There's only one in here I might have considered buying, but on some perverse level I admire them all.
Republished with permission from PC World (view original version)