No assignee for this patent application, patent application serial number 574785, has been made.
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The invention concerns a device for attaching a tablet computer, in particular, to the rear side of a motor vehicle seat part such as a back rest, head rest or head rest mounting of a vehicle seat.
"In contrast to a notebook computer comprising a keypad and a screen block, which are connected via a joint, a tablet computer consists of one single block with integrated flat screen, on which the entries are made via automatically displayed keyboards or with an electronic stylus. The length and width of the block approximately correspond to the dimensions of the 9.7 inch screen and the thickness is slightly more than 1 cm, such that tablet computers are very light-weight, portable devices which are particularly suited for use while travelling.
"Despite the very compact design, tablet computers combine a plurality of passive and interactive functions and can therefore be used in an immense variety of ways. The user can e.g. read books and newspapers, listen to music, watch TV programs and video clips, study GPS-based maps, surf on the Internet, send and receive e-mails, communicate via blogs and web forums, play computer games, and also edit photos and documents.
"Tablet computers have their own current source and the data is transmitted via radio communication such that neither a power connection nor a connection for data transmission are required for operation. At the most, a power supply must be provided for charging the batteries of the device or in case of a very long period of use.
"For all these reasons, tablet computers are also particularly suited for use in vehicles. In particular, during long car trips, the passengers in the backseats wish to watch films, information programs and the news on the Internet or on TV, correspond via e-mail, listen to music or entertain themselves with video games. In particular, for passive use, e.g. for watching films and information programs, it is ideal for the tablet computer to be positioned on the rear side of a front seat approximately at the height of the head rest and for the screen or tablet computer to be aligned approximately in a vertical position to the eye level of the viewer. It is also desirable for the screen or tablet computer to be optimally finely adjusted to the respective user in this passive position of use both in height and also with respect to the angle of inclination.
"The position of use of the screen or tablet computer in the passive mode of viewing is, however, unfavorable for interactive use, in particular for making entries via the displayed keyboards. For this purpose, the tablet computer should rather be oriented with the screen facing upwards approximately at table height in a horizontal position or advantageously in a position inclined with respect to the user such that operation is possible in a relaxed position to prevent the user from twisting his/her wrists and fatiguing his/her arms.
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