When it comes to content consumption, the larger the screen, the better. It's not for nothing that we go to the theaters and love IMAX so much. Everything looks more fun on the giant display.
True, at the same time, most of the time we look at the relatively small screens of smartphones and tablets. Not to carry a monitor with you, after all? This is probably how the American developer Alexander Wesley came up with the idea to develop a SPUD, which he presented on Kickstarter.
Diagonal SPUD - 24 inches. And this is the world's only folding screen of this size. In fact, it is a large "monitor" that when folded will take up as much space in your bag as a regular book. Or the umbrella that SPUD looks so much like.
In fact, of course, SPUD cannot be called a monitor in the usual sense of the word - there is no LCD or OLED display. The device consists of two parts: a projector and a snow-white cloth - "hood". However, unlike other projectors, the design by Alexander Wesley's team can work in any light, even bright sun. The developers have made the cloth of the device from a flexible polymer material, so it does not wrinkle - it does not leave wrinkles on it, even if the SPUD is kept folded for weeks. In addition, it can not crack or tear, and is not afraid of water - it can be washed.
The SPUD can be connected to almost any modern device using an HDMI connector, either directly through a cable or wirelessly. In the latter case, however, a third-party device that supports wireless streaming is required. For example, Google Chromecast.
Few technical characteristics: screen ratio - 16: 9, native resolution - 1280 x 720, battery life - 4 hours at maximum brightness, 10 hours - at minimum.
Developers are especially proud of the number of use cases they have in their development. First, it's a portable entertainment center, making it an almost ideal travel companion. By connecting a smartphone to it (via the same Chromecast), you can play mobile games on a huge screen, or watch movies on it. It is not necessary to plug in headphones - there are built-in speakers here.
Secondly, SPUD can "take root" in a professional environment: it can show presentations in the absence of a projector, and this is much more convenient than displaying an image on a laptop screen.
The only significant drawback of the device is its relatively high price. The Kickstarter fundraising campaign has completed successfully (almost $ 750K was raised), but SPUD can still be purchased online for $ 418.>