Laptop computer with ergonomically enhanced interface features
IBM’s 1995 “butterfly” ThinkPad is one of history’s most famous weird portable computers. In 2001, the company filed a patent for a sort of son-of-the-butterfly: a laptop with a split keyboard that swiveled outward, letting the user adjust it to a comfortable position. Both a touchpad and the classic ThinkPad TrackPoint eraserhead pointer were hidden beneath the keyboard. A handle (which I hope wouldn’t have been as tiny as the one shown here) was also part of the patent.