Packed Pixels - An extra monitor for your laptop
Packed Pixels - An extra monitor for your laptop
A high resolution monitor for your laptop that fits neatly into your laptop bag. Take your desktop experience out on the road with you.
A high resolution monitor for your laptop that fits neatly into your laptop bag. Take your desktop experience out on the road with you. Read more
About this project
The desktop experience on the move
Packed Pixels allows you to have a multi-monitor setup for your laptop that:
- Fits in your laptop bag
- Needs no additional plugin power supply
- Is quick to setup
- Needs no drivers and works with Windows, OS X and Linux
How it mounts
The brackets simply slide on and off your laptop screen with no need to permanently mount anything to your laptop. This means you can easily move Packed Pixels between different laptops. Once the brackets have been slid on, you hook the screen on in portrait or landscape orientations on either the left or right, either facing the laptop user or the facing away for the delivery of presentations.
How it connects
Packed Pixels can be connected using either DisplayPort (found on many PCs and laptops) or Mini DisplayPort (found on most Macs, Microsoft Surfaces and other laptops).
Power for Packed Pixels comes via USB meaning you can either use the included cable to power Packed Pixels from your laptop, mobile phone charger or an external battery pack, depending upon what suits you best.
What you can use it for?
An extra monitor or two when you are out and about can be very handy. Use it for displaying multiple documents, presentations, dashboards, video preview or gaming.
Packed Pixels very high resolution allows you to display lots of items or enlarge your content to show fewer items in beautiful clarity.
Since Packed Pixels utilises DisplayPort connectivity you can perform full frame-rate activities such as video playback or gaming.
Packed Pixels will be made of black plastic (almost certainly ABS). If there is sufficient interest in specific colours and we substantially exceed our target we will add additional pledge tiers for alternative colours for Packed Pixels.
What’s in the box?
Each Packed Pixels screen comes with:
- The high resolution screen
- A pair of brackets
- A desk stand
- A USB to micro USB cable
- Your choice of either a DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable or a Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable (If we substantially exceed our target we will include both cables)
The Tech Specs
Screen resolution : 2048 x 1536
Screen size : 9.7”
Screen weight : approx 340g / 12oz
Screen dimensions : 228 x 180 x between 21 and 9mm
Screen brightness is controllable via buttons on the rear of the case.
Anticipated design changes
The current prototype brackets have a couple of areas that under extreme duress in a laptop bag could potentially break so the brackets will be slightly redesigned to deal with this.
To allow Packed Pixels to be used free standing on a desk (instead of using the brackets) a stand will be included. Currently this is a separate item which clips on but for convenience we would rather have a stand that is an integral part of the screen and flips out when needed.
With Packed Pixels we are keen offer a schedule that is achievable and realistic:
- August through October 2014 - Finalise Design
- November, December 2014 - Tooling manufacture and compliance certification
- January, February 2015 - Final product manufacture
- March 2015 - Delivery
While this product has been designed for use with laptops Dovetail Technology Ltd cannot guarantee that your specific laptop is suitable to have the Packed Pixels screen(s) mounted. If you have any concerns about your laptops suitability to have the Packed Pixels screen(s) mounted you can use the supplied stand to simply stand the screens on the desk next to your laptop instead.
It should also be noted that Packed Pixels has been designed for static desk use. If you need to move your laptop you should unmount the Packed Pixels screen(s) prior to moving.
Dovetail Technology Ltd cannot be held responsible for any damage resulting from the use of this product.
Risks and challenges
We have got Packed Pixels to this point with just a small number of individuals involved. The next steps require bringing in specialist suppliers in areas such as injection moulding tooling and compliance testing. Bringing in external suppliers always carries additional risks but we have a long track record of managing suppliers on large IT projects and so we feel confident we can appropriately mitigate as much risk as possible.
In the past we have supported some crowd funding campaigns that have been funded but then they have realised they needed to raise additional funds to complete the project, which causes delays. It is because of this the target for this campaign is quite large. At this level we can deliver all pledges without any additional funding or prospect of further sales.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Most of our testing has been done while we've been plugged into a mains supply at a client's office. In addition to this there are some minor changes we'll be making to the circuitry for production which will reduce the amount of power used.
In some informal testing with a MacBook Pro and with no PP plugged in the estimated run time was 3 hours and with a PP plugged in this dropped to 2 hours 40 minutes.
Myself personally I also carry one of these (link below) in my laptop back for charging devices but Packed Pixels happily run from one of these, meaning the only additional current drain on your laptop is the additional graphics card load, but I doubt this would prove a major dent on runtime.
No, Packed Pixels uses Display Port for the display signal. We are looking at a HDMI version but this may come after this KickStarter has finished.
The current version of Packed Pixels can't be daisy chained but we are very actively looking into how this could be achieved. Watch this space.
My computer doesn't have a DisplayPort connector but does have a Thunderbolt connector, would this work?
Yes, Thunderbolt is fully backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort.
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