HOW TO KEEP YOUR LAPTOP ON YOUR LAP
HOW DID THOSE NIFTY portable computers ever get the nickname ''laptop''? They seem to work just about every place but the lap, where shifting legs and slippery plastic cases combine to make dropped computers the major cause of laptop fatalities, according to IDC Research.
To curtail such mishaps, two guys from Ferndale, Wash., have come up with the Legtop Podeum, a device that turns the leg into a stable base for a portable computer. Randy Bishop and Christopher Stirling of Rach Inc. created the Podeum from basic backpacking materials. To set one up, detach the nylon sides and strap them around your leg. The computer is attached to a Velcro base the size of a sheet of paper that is supported underneath by contoured foam padding. This padding cradles the leg. You can bend or straighten your leg, and the computer remains stationary as you type away at the airport, on a boat, or under a tree.
The Podeum does exacerbate another hassle: At 1 1/2 pounds, it just adds to a laptop's hefty load. If the safety of your little pal is paramount, however, the Podeum can be had for $79.99 through mail order--call 800 942-4902. Bishop and Stirling hope to have it in specialty retail stores by Christmas.
EDITED BY CATHERINE ARNST
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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