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Last updated March 22, 2015

The Sofa Surfer

Hardwired gaming lapdesk with built-in USB hub and customizable mousepad

The Sofa Surfer

Hardwired gaming lapdesk with built-in USB hub and customizable mousepad

$4,165
pledged of $24,500pledged of $24,500 goal
41
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 22 2015 4:59 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 22, 2015

About

We at d-lab are excited about the upcoming “Steam Boxes”. We love that Valve is bringing PC gaming to the living room. But, we thought we'd like to use our favorite mice and keyboards with a Steam Machine or any other livingroom-based PC. There didn't seem to be too many options that would allow us to marry the stability and precision of our desk setups, with the comfort of our living room sofas. So, we set out to make that happen. What we ended up with is the Sofa Surfer, a gaming lapdesk with integrated USB hub that brings the desk most important parts of a desk setup right to the couch or easy chair.

SOFA SURFER BASE UNIT
SOFA SURFER BASE UNIT

Yes, we know that Valve is developing a console-style controller that will ship with the Steam Machines. We believe it will be great. But, there are already features of Steam such as the Big Picture Mode which allow any PC to be hooked up to a TV and used in the living room. And there must be others like us who are just a little attached to their expensive peripherals, right?


SURFER WITH MOUSE AND KEYBOARD
SURFER WITH MOUSE AND KEYBOARD

So what are the main features of the Sofa Surfer? Here's an overview:

USB 3.0 Hub - Unpowered USB hub for keyboard and mouse. Potentially also for USB thumb drives and other accessories.

Single USB extension cable – one extension cable to reach the PC, presumably near the TV.

Symmetrical Design – A  symmetrical design means the same experience for Righties or Lefties.

Excess Cable Tidy – Tuck in the excess cable lengths from hardwired mice or keyboards to keep it neat.

Lap Cushion - Quad-chamber beanbag system comfortably conforms to the legs, neatly providing stability without rigidity.

Customizable mouse area – The mousepad artwork is customizable through a system whereby a retaining ring is placed overtop a translucent mousepad layer, which is overtop a graphic layer, allowing anything from sports teams to cat memes to be printed and placed underneath. We will also include a fitted standard mouse pad.

Elastic Cords - Cords keep keyboard held down in place, and keep mouse and keyboard USB cables tidy along the Sofa Surfer body.

So how's it work?  Simple, really.  We knew we had to keep it hardwired, so the one concession is to use a single USB extension cable to reach the PC or Steam Machine, presumably near the TV.  We think it's a small concession considering the advantages and flexibility it offers otherwise.

Your favorite keyboard is placed on top of the Sofa Surfer, and (optionally) strapped in with elastic bands. Your favorite mouse is placed in the mouse area.  The cords for both are fed under the elastic bands, and plugged into the USB ports on the side of the unit.  The extension cable is plugged into the PC and thats it... sit in comfort and have the accuracy and stability of your desk setup.

Risks and challenges

The photos we took and the video clips we made are of a working prototype. So, if the campaign is successful we'll need to start discussions with suppliers and component manufacturers, and start tooling and ordering special parts so that the end result is a high-quality, well-manufactured product. In this review process, there will be new insights into optimizations we can make, material substitutions we should consider, and so on. There will be design changes and there will be challenges in putting it all together. It is a simple device for the most part, but at least 6 (quite possibly more) manufacturers will be involved in supplying the components for the Sofa Surfer.

The two engineers on the team have a combined 20+ years of experience building all kinds of products. They are completely qualified to sort out any issues that come up.

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    SOFA SURFER MOUSE PAD - The same standard mousepad we’ll use on the Surfer itself, printed with a Sofa Surfer logo.

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    SOFA SURFER UNIT (EARLY BIRD!) - The standard Sofa Surfer unit. Jump on early to save ten bucks!

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    SOFA SURFER UNIT - The Standard Sofa Surfer unit. Includes 2 custom artworks for the translucent mousepad as well as a standard mousepad.

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    SOFA SURFER - SPECIAL EDITION - The standard Sofa Surfer unit, PLUS three additional custom commisioned mouse artworks, PLUS a carrying bag for the unit.

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    SOFA SURFER - KICKSTARTER EDITION - Limited quantity Special Edition Sofa Surfer package, with an additional Kickstarter/Sofa Surfer mouse art and both logos embroidered on the carrying bag.

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