#659: ‘Podtop

Even though laptops are supposed to rest on a user’s lap, there are often times when they actually get used on the hoof…standing holding the machine or perching it on some ledge, whilst entering or presenting data.

Today’s invention is simply to equip laptops with a standard tripod mount (of the kind that cameras routinely have). This would enable more people to make effective use of their machines in areas where sitting down is just not possible (eg building sites or on factory floors). Magnesium alloy chassis are strong enough to mount security hasps and so providing an extra, near-central threaded hole would not be a major problem for manufacturing.

A lightweight tripod could be carried without much extra effort in a standard laptop rucksack. Careful design would allow the laptop and collapsed tripod to remain attached within the bag for rapid deployment on site.

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