Patent Number: 7,042,711

Title: Multi-functional electronic device with a continuously accessible pointing device

Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, an electronic device comprises a body case, a display and a pointing device. Featuring a flat panel display, the display is rotationally coupled to the body case and adapted to be translated over the body case. The pointing device is positioned at an edge of a first body of the body case. The pointing device is accessible and remains uncovered by the display for all positions of the electronic device and display.

Inventors: Tanaka; Toshiyuki (Laguna Niguel, CA), Kusaka; Hiroyuki (Toyko, JP), Granaas; Aage (Redwood City, CA)

Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

International Classification: H05K 5/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018