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Under-laptop drawers

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Laptops are getting thinner, to the point where they're in danger of becoming edged weapons.

This increasing thinness is often accomplished by the simple expedient of removing functionality - serial ports are too fat for a slim laptop; CD drive takes up too much space; presumably the keyboard will eventually have to go and we'll just let the computer decide for itself what it wants to do.

Proposed, thencefore, is an Under-laptop device (or ULD, as the marketing department prefer to call it). It is about 9/32nds of an inch thick, and has a raised lip in which the base of the laptop snuggles. It's slightly wider than the actual laptop, and it is locked in place by two USB plugs that slide, latch-like, into the laptop's ports. This not only holds the ULD in place, but also provides it with power and data connectivity from the laptop.

The ULD itself is packed full of goodness. It has every imagineable kind of port (all interfaced via the USBs, and with additional USBs replicated on the ULD), a CD drive, serial port, potentially even a 5 1/4 floppy drive for nostalgists. Another option is to have some additional batteries, for longer working time.

Best of all, the ULD has a little drawer, which can be opened computronically, for holding paperclips, PostIts, pencils, or one very thin sandwich. It also has a retractable handle for carrying your laptop around.

All options are, of course, customizeable. You want a carbon-fibre ULD for a Dell 8210, with two serial ports, five USBs, a SCSI, an SD card reader, 1/4" headphone jack and a Tic-Tac dispenser? No problemo, amigo, comprendo?

MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 11 2017


       // they're in danger of becoming edged weapons. //   

       <manic giggling>
8th of 7, Sep 11 2017

       Docking stations are WKTE.
pertinax, Sep 12 2017

       Yes, but they're rarely capable of inflicting lethal injury.
8th of 7, Sep 12 2017

       But you know what's going to happen. You'll want something that can retrofit more contents to your very thin sandwich. Further ingredients. Extra padding out. Increasive lunchiness.
Ian Tindale, Sep 12 2017

       No 8" floppy drives?
RayfordSteele, Sep 13 2017

       //You'll want something that can retrofit more contents to your very thin sandwich.//   

       sp: Lukewarm very thin sandwich.
bigsleep, Sep 13 2017

       Lukewarm ? If Samsung make it, then the sandwich might well be toasted ... or indeed charred.
8th of 7, Sep 13 2017


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