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Ben Heck’s Coach Section Laptop Lets You Compute While Flying

by Paul Strauss

Created for the latest episode of The Ben Heck Show, the modder created yet another ingenious design, a laptop with a screen optimized for flying in a in the cramped cabin of a commercial airplane.


If any of you have ever tried to use your laptop on the tray table of an airplane, you know how irritating it can be to get the screen angle to work where you can comfortably view it.

Ben’s simple, yet clever design lets you float the screen above the keyboard so you can view the display at a more comfortable angle, while still being able to type. Check it out in action in the video below…

Of course, you need to be able to touch-type in order to use the thing, but overall, I think it’s a design that deserves to be incorporated into a production laptop PC.

[via Ben Heck]

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Comments (6):

  1. Josiah says:

    It’s already been made by Dell. Look up the Dell “Convertible”.

  2. Alexander Cuadros says:

    I agree. I already saw the Dell version couple of days ago and had my worries about the usuability. This is a good project, get a patent on it and get the word out to the fabricants.

  3. seeeu911 says:

    ahh FAIL.. the first time you pull out hat rube goldberg contraption watch the AIR Marshal handcuff you.. IF you make it through TSA security.

    • Keith_Indy says:

      Why exactly? You can turn it on and show them it’s a working laptop.

      I think it’s an elegant solution to a problem. It could be prettied up, but I’m of the opinion, make it work, then make it pretty.

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