Re: US20080316176 A1
Is this invention novel and patentable?
1. A laptop computer system having an extended touchpad functionality, the system comprising:
a base having a media bay, the base housing a microprocessor based computer system; a keyboard having a plurality of keys, the keys communicatively coupled to the microprocessor based computer system;
a display screen connected to the base via first and second hinges such that the display screen is moveable between a closed position and an open position, the display screen communicatively coupled to the microprocessor based computer system to drive the display screen; and
a touch-pad disposed in the media bay, the touchpad being extendable and retractable with respect to the media bay, the touch-pad being (i) configured as a drawing tablet and (ii) configured to control the cursor movement and placement functions on the display screen, wherein the touchpad is disposed on either a right or left opposing side of the base having the media bay and the touchpad has a form factor substantially the same as a USB I/O powered device.