Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on October 6, 2013.
About this project
What is it?
The GoBag is a personal home video game console portable enclosure. It allows the user to take their favorite home console or media player (Xbox 360, PS3, IPad, Bluray players etc...) with them wherever they go. The distinct difference between this enclosure and others on the market is that the GoBag offers TRUE PORTABILITY. By combining a high-energy battery pack with a screen and speakers in an easy to carry system, you are no longer tethered to the wall outlet to power your screen and your console.
Boredom. Sheer, utter, complete, soul-wrenching boredom. That's why the first unit was created. Some jobs lend themselves to long hours of open monotony punctuated by brief customer or technical interaction. Call centers, hotels, security desks, and gas station kiosks are a few places where such jobs can be found. Finding myself in just such a job, where management tends to overlook employees who fill the time with reading, watching TV, or playing video games, I was faced with a night of nothing to do. No calls, only a handful of customers and a driving desire to play my new 360 game sitting at home. That's when it struck me, maybe I can buy a portable Xbox.
I scoured the Internet and could not find anything suitable for my needs. The closest match was just an enclosure that provided only a screen and was priced in the $300 range. If I wanted to, I could drop $1000+ on a modified Xbox that is super slim, but STILL needs to be plugged in. Alas, however, I needed a truly PORTABLE video game system that could provide it's own power.
This led to a new wave of "Googles" that sparked a startling conclusion. Not only could such a box be built, no one, not even professional modders are making these things. I decided then and there that this would be my next tinker project.
Money was tight though, and high-energy battery packs are expensive. After two weeks of trying to gather the funds, I decided to shelve the idea until someone else can come along and make one. At that point I can shell out $500 to that guy. This idea, sucked.
Unable to get this project out of my head, I continued to search for ways to supplement my income and stumbled across an initial investor willing to help get the first unit built. Three days later I had all the parts on the way here from China.
Once the parts arrived I began assembly. Striving to keep costs low, the original gObOx is constructed from foamboard, blood, sweat, glue, and dark magicks. Sporting a 12.8v 20ah battery the unit can power the Xbox and the HD screen for almost three hours on a single charge. Using the most current battery tech, I added as little weight and heft as I could and ended up with a fully portable xbox enclosure. The final result, as you can see from the pictures and the video, the prototype is roughly the size of a briefcase.
Once I had the first version finished. I wasn't really happy. Sure, it gave me power, and it gave me portability, but it lacked style and switching from one console to another was impossible. After a lengthy conversation with my significant other, changes were decided upon. The MK-1 was disassembled and I began construction on the MK-2. Codenamed the gOscreEn, the MK-2 version removed the "enclosure" aspect of the system reducing the entire unit to a 2 inch thick portable screen with a standard 110v outlet and HDMI inputs on the side. The perks were immediately seen. It was much lighter, and since it wasn't designed JUST for the 360, I could now plug in other devices such as PS3's and IPads. Unfortunately... the entire purpose for this project is to give gamers a way to carry the screen, battery and system. The gOscreEn, while convenient and versatile, isn't quite what I was looking for and was soon broken down to bare components once again and the final version has started to take shape.
After the first one was built, I began showing it of and I had several people ask me to build them one as well. That's when I started to realize that maybe there's a demand for this thing. As I previously stated, the closest thing I can find on the open market is little more than a screen and a bag to put your system in. This "cousin" still needs to be anchored to a wall outlet to function. That's when the idea for this Kickstarter began to take shape. With this gap in the market, I'm sure there's other people like me who would love to have one of these but may lack the technical know-how or attention span to build something like this. Having hit a wall financially, I can no longer fund further additions to this project, so I'm putting it in your hands. If the good folks of the Internet would like to see the GoBag built and want one for themselves, now is the time.
As it currently stands, the final unit will function much the same as the MK-2, with the addition of several refinements and a more elegant carrying solution.
The finalized unit will look much like a clamshell laptop bag with two compartments. The first top compartment will house the screen and speakers as well as your HDMI and optional audio input hookups. The lower section will be expandable to house any console up to four inches thick and will also house the battery packs and internal bits. The 120v socket will also be integrated into the lower half. When collapsed, the entire unit will weigh about 8 pounds and will be approximately 3 inches thick.
The internal battery is really the highlight of the bag. It is so powerful it can provide approximately 3 hours of play time on a home console. A tablet can be powered and displayed on the screen for approximately 10 hours. The pack is so robust, it can even be used in emergency situations to provide power during an electrical outage. Enough power, in fact, to run two lamps and a stereo for 4+ hours.
Your funds will be used to fund the design and production process of the first generation of mass-produced GoBag's. Because this is still the early design process, they may not be as described in their general design, but functionality will not be changed during this process and any changes made will be to improve the design or functionality
The GoBag will be perfect for dorm kids, on-the-go nerds, frequent travelers, people with boring jobs, and military personnel. It can only become reality with your support!
Risks and challenges
The largest part of the work has actually been finished. The internal bits and the housing for the screen and battery are sorted and designs are nearly finished and ready to be sent off to a enclosure manufacturing company for prototyping. It's the exterior and basic configuration I'll be using the funds to refine. If funded I'll be using your support to try different housing methods and configurations of all the parts to make it an aesthetically pleasing unit. As it stands, the enclosures will be custom made from ABS plastic by an enclosure manufacturing company and the bags will be produced by my team and I. If there is a large outcrying for the GoBag and a high volume of people back at the $600 level, I'll instead be outsourcing the bags to a local company that can craft custom bags based on my specs. I will provide constant updates as far as delivery times are concerned as time frames will change depending on the amount of units we will need to put togetherLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
I get this one a lot. This question probably stems from using the GoBox as my primary picture for the project. The GoBox WAS bulky. It was unruly and uncomfortable. That's why it was broken down. The build I'm working on right now (and need the funds to continue with) is MUCH slimmer. By using plastic instead of foamboard (as seen in the photos) It cuts A LOT of heft out. You can also see by looking at the second version, I reduced a lot of the bulk by reconfiguring all the inside parts. I rewired it with the help of a budding electrical engineering student and it came out a lot nicer and by housing the entirety of the working bits in an expandable canvas messenger bag... it really makes it much easier to carry.
1) The point of the Kickstarter is to raise about $500 in non-reward fulfillment funds to use to design this thing... to try different fabrics, different plastics, different styles, different hinges and zippers and handles and straps. Anything I make additional will be used to make it even more awesome.
2) THE BATTERY PACK - This isn't your grandma's battery. This thing is POWERFUL. With that much power comes a price tag. The battery alone accounts for almost half of the $600 pledge price.
YES! The only thing is, this is definitely a niche product and I would like to keep tinkering with the ideas until I hit about 80%. If it makes it that far, I'll post the first one.
From a completely discharged state it takes around 3-4 hours.
NO. The GoBag has a standard household outlet just like the ones you see on your walls at home built into the side. You just plug your console in and you're off.
Absolutely not. On it's own, the GoBag is essentially a portable HDTV with a built in power source. You can use the GoBag to charge phones or laptops. It can be used to power emergency lighting. In fact, one of the people who contributed to the design process wants one to use when he does commercial satellite TV installs so that he doesn't have to move furniture or crawl behind desks to plug in his TV to test reception signal levels. When I worked at a local computer shop, I would have loved to have one of these when trouble shooting a bank of monitor-less work stations in a dusty crevice. My girlfriend used it as a back up computer monitor when her screen blipped out during a WoW raid. This was DESIGNED for gaming, but it's evolved beyond that.
There's not a lot of solid reliably info on the power consumption for these new behemoths. From what I can dig out of the interwebs they will use a fraction more power than their predecessors. The GoBag SHOULD power these new consoles, but without an Xbox One or PS4 to test with, I cannot guarantee it.
Yes there is. After this kickstarter is finished, if I'm successful, I'll probably do that next. I have two friends in the military who have the GAEMS enclosure and they are the ones whom originally brought up to me the idea of a drop in/clip on battery pack for the people that already have this peripheral.
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