No assignee for patent application serial number 406836 has been made.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates generally to computer peripherals and, more specifically, to a computer system having a smart drain hole.
"In recent years, various personal computers have evolved from transportable suitcase style computers, to popular laptops or notebooks due to their affordable prices. Many features have been added to electronic devices, such as portable telephones and personal computers to attract more users
"More recently, with the increasing popularity of wireless networks at individual homes and restaurants, people are using their laptop computers to either surf the internet or work while also consuming beverages. In these types of environments, people may have wet fingers or may spill their coffee, tea, or soft drinks on their computers. If there is no water drainage system for computers, liquid may damage the circuit boards of the electronic devices and the operating functions of the electronic device may be impaired.
"Therefore, it can be seen that there is a need for apparatus and methods for a drainage system disposed around touchpads or keyboards of electronic devices."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In one aspect, a drainage system for a pushbutton casing comprises a liquid collecting receptacle operatively interfacing the pushbutton casing; a counter-bore having a sidewall; and a drainage exit disposed on the sidewall of the counter-bore, wherein an end opening of the counter-bore is in connection with a drainage exit, the end opening of the counter-bore is disposed to allow liquid entering the drainage exit out of the end opening of the counter-bore.
"In another aspect, an electronic computing device comprises a casing having a plurality of pushbuttons on a surface of the casing; and a drainage system comprising: a counter-bore having a sidewall; and a drainage exit disposed on the sidewall of the counter-bore.
"In a further aspect, a method for draining liquid permeated between a plurality of pushbuttons on a surface of a casing comprises collecting liquid that has permeated between the pushbuttons on a surface of the casing; and directing the collected liquid from a liquid collecting receptacle into a drainage exit; wherein the drainage exit is disposed on a sidewall of a counter-bore.
"These and other features, aspects and advantages of the present invention will become better understood with reference to the following drawings, description and claims.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a notebook PC according to an exemplary embodiment;
"FIG. 2 is a detailed three dimensional view of a notebook PC illustrating a drainage system under a touchpad according to an exemplary embodiment;
"FIG. 3 is a detailed perspective view of a notebook PC illustrating a drainage exit on a sidewall of a counter-bore according to an exemplary embodiment; and
"FIG. 4 is a detailed bottom view of a notebook PC illustrating an exit opening on a bottom case according to the exemplary embodiment shown in FIG. 3."
For additional information on this patent application, see: MORINO, TAKAYUKI.
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