Computer: Laptop
Quasistable Laptop   (0)  [vote for, against]

The problem, I find, with these modern 7-inch laptops is that it's actually quite difficult to place them comfortably on your lap. I suppose they're dubbed 'netbooks' to extinguish any lap-based expectations.

I like to place my machine on one knee, but this does lead to stability issues while attempting to type. It should be possible, using an internal moving weight, gyroscopes or the workings of a segway to create a self balancing laptop that sits sturdily even on one leg.

A cheaper solution would be having poles sticking out with weights on the ends.
-- mitxela, Aug 25 2011

I will read your idea when you've fixed the split infinitive.
-- nineteenthly, Aug 26 2011

Apologies, I hope that fixes it. Sadly English isn't entirely my first language.

[21Q], with a tablet, I would not be able to touch type at all. This invention need not be a permanent modification -- imagine a tiny self balancing table that your device sits on (and possibly powers via USB).

I also just realised (apologies once more) that this laptop I am typing on and complaining about actually has a 10 inch screen.
-- mitxela, Aug 26 2011

A practical solution [bigsleep] but not exactly what one would describe as 'style'...
-- mitxela, Aug 26 2011

//Quasistable Laptop//

Who would want to quasist a laptop?
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 26 2011

They should come with a thigh-strap harness, like fighter pilots used to have for their logbooks (is that correct terminology? I can't believe I don't know that. What kind of obsessive history geek doesn't know that?*).

*don't get all excited, Borg, it was a rhetorical question.
-- Alterother, Aug 26 2011

It's called a "kneeboard", and they're still very widely used by GA pilots. Military flight suits often have a similar feature integrated into the garment, again on the upper surface of the right thigh just above the knee.

A log book is a document in which a pilot records their flight hours and details of flights.

"Obsessive history geek" … hmm … we shall take that as flattery…
-- 8th of 7, Aug 27 2011

Is the cooking-your-flesh thing actually true? Surely it would get extremely painful well before any actual cooking occurred?
-- mitxela, Aug 27 2011

//Is the cooking-your-flesh thing actually true?// A 15" aluminum monobody laptop with two 3 GHz cores, both crunching numbers at at 100% of available CPU cycles, on bare thighs, merely causes pain, but no actual burns. Apple laptops are said to be among the hotter ones, but perhaps there are modded, overclocked ones which will actually cook flesh.
-- mouseposture, Aug 27 2011

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