No assignee for this patent application has been made.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Recent developments in computer technology have created a surge in popularity for portable electronic devices such as tablet computers and notebook computers. These portable electronic devices have become more powerful and more functional. They have attractive design that are thin and light weight making it easier to transport and much more appealing to people of all ages, not only for entertainment purposes but also for business or work purposes. These portable electronic devices are designed mainly for mobile use where people carry and operate them whenever and wherever they desire. As such, they will be vulnerable to damage caused by exposure to harsh environmental condition, physical abuse, accidental dropping or when placed in a potentially detrimental position.
"In addition, these portable electronic devices are known for the poor visibility when used outdoors or in bright sunlight or even indoors with excessive ambient light. When used under these conditions, the display screen often appears washed out or faded making it difficult to see the display screen properly. As a result, the user will attempt to adjust the position of the screen to avoid the glare or adjust the screen settings, i.e., brightness or contrast which oftentimes prove to be ineffective. The reduction in visibility of the display screen inhibits the user's ability to use these portable electronic devices outdoors as well as in rooms having direct sunlight or high intensity lighting. There are also instances where there is a lack of privacy for users when these electronic devices are being use in crowded public places.
"It is common to use a protective case to guard the portable electronic devices from damage. Many cases are currently available. Some of the cases are designed to have a generic fit to accommodate a variety of devices while others are designed specifically for a particular model and/or brand of a device. However, prior art cases for portable electronic devices currently only provides for carrying, storing, and protecting the electronic devices. None of the cases provide the necessary protection against damage while including the additional benefits of protecting the display screen from glare caused by excessive light as well as protection from the eyes of undesired onlookers. Therefore, it would be desirable to have a case that has integrated features that offers damage protection, glare protection and privacy protection.
"A search of the prior art discloses relevant information, however, none of the prior art discloses the novelty of the present invention that discloses a glare protection and privacy screen that is integrated into a protective case that is lightweight, made specifically for use with tablet computers and which are easily collapsible and can be retrofitted to an existing case."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present invention effectively addresses the above recited problems by extending the utility of the tablet computer case. This invention relates to a tablet computer case which provides a protective means to transport a tablet computer having a display screen and also form a shielded enclosure which permits the use of the tablet computer and its display screen within the shielded enclosure.
"The present invention proposes a solution to provide enhanced screen visibility for tablet computer display screens that are subject to glare through a protective case comprises of a base, a cover that is pivotally attached to the base and a pair of collapsible side panels. The panels are provided having a closed or folded position in which it is essentially flat and are integral to the cover of the case. In its open position, they are readily extendable onto the left and right edges of the cover and base to effectively reduce glare, facilitates outdoor use of the display screen and provides privacy relative to information displayed on the screen. The panels according to the present invention generally have a triangular shape and are constructed from a durable, light-proof and light weight material such as polyethylene foam.
"In view of the above disclosure, it is an object of the present invention to provide a tablet computer case that can significantly reduce glare on the tablet computer screen caused by excessive light source.
"Another object of the invention is to provide a tablet computer case that can provide a layer of privacy protection to limit viewing of the tablet computer display screen by the undesired surrounding people.
"It is also an object of the present invention to provide means to provide privacy and glare protection for a tablet computer that can be retrofitted to an existing tablet computer case.
"These and other objects of the invention will be made apparent to one of skill in the art upon a review of this specification, the associated drawings and the appended claims.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 is a side perspective view of one embodiment of the tablet computer case showing the side panels in an open position.
"FIG. 2 is a side perspective view of one embodiment of the tablet computer case showing the side panels in a folded position with respect to the cover.
"FIG. 3 is a side perspective view of one embodiment of the tablet computer case showing the side panels detached from the cover.
"FIG. 4 is a side perspective view of the tablet computer case in a closed position."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Dow, John. Tablet Computer Case with Glare Protection. Filed
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