About this project
SPUD is a completely new type of product: the world’s first large AND portable display.
SPUD is the only high resolution, 24-inch display with the awesome benefit of ultra-portability. It collapses just like a ruggedized umbrella to the size and weight of a paperback book - making it ideal for anyone on the go.
When expanded, SPUD uses custom optics combined with the latest DLP technology to produce the sharp, bright image that you need. Either with an HDMI cable or wireless adapter, SPUD can be connected to a smartphone, tablet, or laptop - no matter where you are!
From watching movies on the go to being more productive while away from your office, SPUD optimizes the visual experience on practically any device.
Just for our earliest community of supporters we are offering discounted pricing from the $499 projected retail price.
SPUD pops-up to a huge, 24-inch diagonal display. When fully expanded, the device is 21 inches wide, 11 inches high, 14 inches deep (61 cm diagonal, 53 cm wide, 28 cm high, 36 cm deep).
The 24-inch display is the size of a large desk monitor, with almost 4x more screen area than a 13-inch laptop screen, and 23x more screen area than a 5.1-inch smartphone! The screen is also highly durable. Unlike breakable glass screens, SPUD uses a flexible polymer that can’t get cracked or chipped. If you happen to get it dirty, it’s washable. Further, the attached casing keeps your SPUD protected as you take it wherever life takes you.
When SPUD is collapsed, it’s about the size of a book: 5.64 inches wide, 2.17 inches high, 7.52 inches long (17 cm wide, 5.5 cm high, 19 cm long).
Because of SPUD’s lightweight (less than 2 pounds) and compact form factor, when collapsed, it fits in your purse, backpack, laptop bag, or even your jacket pockets! Take SPUD anywhere!
One of the most exciting things about SPUD is the many different ways that you can use it. For entertainment, SPUD is basically a portable TV or movie screen.
Whether you’re traveling, camping, hanging out with friends at a coffee shop, or just lounging around your house, it’s the big screen you can use anywhere.
For work, having a dual-screen setup is great for productivity, but you can also use it for presentations and as a collaboration tool. It’s great for trade shows, sales visits, or any kind of field work.
SPUD gives you that flexibility you need no matter the situation. And it’s great because it’s a complete solution in a small package that you can take anywhere!
SPUD combines a projector and projector screen into a complete, easy-to-use system. Unlike a traditional projector, SPUD does not need dim lighting, a wall, or a long projection distance. With our innovations, you can use your SPUD anywhere, with confidence. Three patent-pending innovations make this possible:
The Projection Screen
SPUD uses the only projection screen designed to fully collapse. The screen material has been carefully crafted by our team to optimize image quality while minimizing screen wrinkles.
SPUD Screen vs Other Projector Screens:
The Collapsible Design
The arms “pop-up” like a ruggedized umbrella, making setup a one-step process. The cover over the arms blocks out ambient light and helps to maximize brightness and contrast.
The Custom Optics
The optical design enables SPUD to project a high quality image over a much shorter distance than a standard projector.
When you want the simplicity of a wired connection, just use an HDMI cable to connect SPUD to any HDMI-compatible device. No additional setup is required!
When you want wireless (e.g. Chromecast, Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, Fire TV Stick, Roku Stick), just plug your wireless adapter’s HDMI port into the SPUD HDMI port and the power for the adapter into SPUD’s USB port. No wires needed to stream your favorite content!
Easily select the brightness you want (between 350-785 nits) using the convenient brightness dial.
SPUD is a whole new type of product: the first collapsible display! To bring SPUD to life, our team has a diverse range of expertise across product development, optical engineering (telescope, lasers, projectors!), mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and manufacturing.
Dragon Innovation, who helped bring Pebble and Makerbot products to market, certified SPUD for manufacturing through their Dragon Certified program. Dragon Certification consists of a detailed design review for manufacturing, COGS analysis for manufacturing, and manufacturing strategy creation.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the first funding to SPUD through their innovation corps (I-Corps) program, which provides $50,000 grants to innovative projects. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..."
Intelligent Product Solutions, a world renowned engineering firm, helped improve SPUD’s patented one-step and easy to use pop-up display mechanics.
SPUD was first made at TX/RX Houston’s Hackerspace which is one of the largest hackerspaces in the United States.
Andromium turns Android into a desktop operating system. With SPUD and Andromium you have the world’s first portable, 24 inch desktop. Andromium are also the makers of Superbook, which received over $2.9 M in funding on Kickstarter.
Here's a top level timeline of our past and future development schedule. If you're interested in more info, here is the detailed manufacturing delivery timeline.
We're having a great time using our current prototype... here's a quick demo:
We’d love to hear your thoughts on some less obvious ways you can use SPUD. Let us know in the Comments section… we may be able to show those ideas in action using our prototype. Here are some of the setups we’ve explored already:
- Connect an Intel Compute Stick to SPUD, add a wireless mouse and keyboard, and you have a 24-inch collapsible desktop!
- Connect SPUD to a Raspberry Pi and develop on the go!
- Bring your SPUD + XBOX One/PS4 to a friend’s house for video games and in-person trash talk.
Risks and challenges
SPUD is a completely new type of product: the world’s first commercially available collapsible display. Like any new innovative product, there are risks that come from building a new design (but that is also what makes SPUD so exciting!) While our current schedule does give us flexibility, our biggest risk is meeting our timeline. We may find hidden bugs or have unexpected issues sourcing components. Additionally, through further usability testing, we may find features we want to improve. In order to mitigate these risks, we had our full design and timeline audited by an independent 3rd party: the Dragon Innovation team. SPUD is Dragon Certified!
At the end of the day, we are committed to delivering not only the world’s first available collapsible display, but also a superior solution that you will love! You are one of our earliest supporters, and we simply will only ship you a product of the highest quality. We consider you all a part of the Arovia family, and we will be forever grateful for your help and support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Our most important goal is that you are happy with your SPUD. To that end, we will have a 1 year limited warranty for your Kickstarter SPUD.
We chose 1280 x 720 resolution to provide a balance between cost and performance. With higher resolution, the price of SPUD would have significantly increased and the SPUD chassis would have to be 20% larger. With lower resolution, higher resolution images, like spreadsheets, could have been difficult to read.
We can reassure our backers that one can read small text without problems. Here are some pictures we took of our current prototype: http://www.arovia.io/prototype
The pictures were limited by the resolution of our camera, but if one compares the SPUD to the Dell laptop in the picture, one could see that SPUD has the same text clarity as the normal laptop screen.
To compare, most other portable projectors on the market today have a native resolution of only 854 x 480 or lower! To provide a better picture of the current projection technology and legibility of small text. Here is one of the best selling projectors on Amazon with really high rating:
The projector is advertised as 1080p, but looking at the second bullet point, it actually only has a 854x480 native resolution, while SPUD is 1280x720. However in the customer reviews, nobody really complained about any legibility/resolution issues.
We understand that some applications like graphical design may require a high resolution screen, but we want to reassure you that SPUD will be able to display a clear image good enough for everyday entertainment and work. We will never deliver a low quality product to our backers, because we understand that your user experience will determine the long term success of our project.
We do not suggest using SPUD in direct sunlight (picture a TV with the sun shining on the screen). That being said, SPUD works great on a nice shaded patio!
SPUD does not use a lightbulb/lamp in its projection system. The system uses three R/G/B LEDs as the light source. LEDs have a lifespan of approximately 50,000 hours, meaning you could use SPUD for 10 hours a day for well over 10 years before you even had to think about the LED lifespan!
We developed (and patented!) the first type of projection screen that doesn't wrinkle when collapsed. Check out the “How SPUD Works” section for more info!
Not yet, we chose 24-inch due to the versatility and everyday use cases: great for both entertainment and productivity. In the future, we would love to offer larger display sizes.
Every other portable project requires perfect lighting and a perfect wall, meaning you cannot use it anywhere, like SPUD. Additionally, they typically have lower brightness, lower resolution (often projector companies mislead that they have high resolution, that is actually upscaling; usually the native resolution is 858 x 480 or lower), and require a much larger projection distance than SPUD. Typical portable projectors usually have relatively short battery life as well. We think you should be able to have a larger screen experience wherever you want whenever you want to have it -- and that's what SPUD gives you!
We measured SPUD's response time as less than 1 millisecond by taking a picture simultaneously on the SPUD prototype and a laptop (with a timer duplicated on both screens). SPUD was connected via HDMI for the test. With a wireless adapter (i.e. Chromecast), response time will be bottlenecked by the latency of the wireless adapter. In short, SPUD is good enough for all applications including gaming response-wise!
You can connect through HDMI (if your device does not have a HDMI port, you may need an adapter), connect a miracast wireless adapter like the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, or use the Chrome Web Browser to connect wirelessly via Chromecast.
You can connect a miracast wireless adapter like the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter or wirelessly via Chromecast, Roku Stick, Fire TV Stick, or via MHL to HDMI adapter (be sure to confirm that your device supports MHL).
You can connect via HDMI with the Lightning Digital AV Adapter or wirelessly via Chromecast, Roku Stick, or Fire TV Stick.
You can connect through HDMI (if your device does not have a HDMI port, you may need an adapter) or use the Chrome Web Browser to connect wirelessly via Chromecast.
With the $100,000 stretch goal now unlocked, SPUD now has built-in speakers! You can either use the built-in speakers or you could plug headphones into your mobile device that is connected to SPUD (e.g. phone, tablet, or laptop).
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