Slideshow: The World's Weirdest Portable Computers!

21 peculiar - and patented - portables. Kids, don't try this (or buy this) at home.

By Harry McCracken, PC World |  Offbeat, laptop, patents

Laptop with Hinged Keyboard

Patent filed June 26th, 1992

To understand what’s going on in this patent, you’ve got to envision yourself holding this device by grasping the folding keyboard like a book - and you’ve got to know that some of the keys are on the backside of the two panels, which helps to explain why there aren’t many on the front. I can’t recall seeing another gizmo design involving keys which you can’t see in use. Instinctive touch-typing would have been a must.

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