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$11,207
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
44
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 13 2014 2:47 PM UTC +00:00

About

Technical spec sheet
Technical spec sheet

What is MiniMax?

MiniMax is a high DPI display that you can use at your desk or on the road. It was designed with productivity and ease of use in mind. It has a crystal clear 12.85" 2560x1700 display that clocks in at 239 pixels per inch. If you have ever experienced a high DPI screen, you are already familiar with how brilliant text and images read on these displays. Whether you want sharp text or a large work area in a small space, MiniMax delivers. It is also the perfect companion to a Retina Macbook Pro, Surface Pro 3 or any other high DPI laptop. 

MiniMax is great for a lot of things, but perhaps the best is reading. If you've ever read for long periods on a regular computer monitor, you know how unpleasant it can be. But maybe you have a high DPI screen on a phone or a tablet, or even your laptop. Think about how much easier it is on your eyes, and how much more pleasant it is to read off of, especially when reading for long periods of time. Check out the comparison below!

Text Comparison. All compared words are the same physical size.
Text Comparison. All compared words are the same physical size.
Perfect for multi-tasking
Perfect for multi-tasking

Ways MiniMax has already helped us:

  • Coding
  • Digital Painting
  • Web Development
  • Graphic Design
  • Client Presentations
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Data Visualization
  • Video Editing
  • Pro Audio

Compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms

Designed with usability in mind
Designed with usability in mind

Our Story

We spend most hours of the workday on laptops. When dealing with multiple documents, elaborate projects, or collaborative efforts, it didn't take long to realize that the space provided by our laptop screens just wasn't enough. MiniMax solves this problem. After experiencing high DPI tablets and laptops, we wanted a screen with even higher DPI for crystal-clear text and images. No existing solutions met our needs for high DPI, performance, and reliability. So we formed Sencha and began development on MiniMax, a portable display that merges the high performance of DIY solutions with the solid reliability and design of a consumer product.

Moving between an office and portable environment constantly, we needed a product that worked at a desk and on the road without sacrifice. MiniMax fills this need, with its lightweight, compact design and superior display technology featuring one of the highest DPI panels available (4 times the resolution of HD video!). Accepting anything less was not an option. What we arrived at was a best in class panel and a specially developed converter board. The resulting display was such a joy to use that we wanted to share the results with the world.

It has been a long road getting to this point. We’ve learned a lot, and like what we’ve created. And now we want to share it with all of you. With the final product almost complete, we need your support to put the finishing touches on and make our first bulk order. We use a universal embedded DisplayPort to DisplayPort board developed and manufactured exclusively for the MiniMax.

Stunning 2560x1700 resolution
Stunning 2560x1700 resolution

Our Team

Josh is a grad student in Statistics at The University of Pennsylvania. He uses the MiniMax to work more efficiently where ever his work takes him. Josh is the creator of Sencha Electronics and the MiniMax and is an avid tea enthusiast.

Sam is a product design student at Drexel University. MiniMax helps him conceptualize and develop ideas on the go in greater detail than ever before. Sam designed, prototyped, and arranged production of the MiniMax case. He is proud to be working on such an exciting project.

Zis is a grad student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He has a passion for electronics and displays and jumped at the idea of the MiniMax. Zis designed and prototyped the electronics of the MiniMax.

Risks and challenges

The MiniMax is already designed and almost ready to leave our doors, the biggest challenge is shipping quickly. As soon as orders go in, we will need to work around the clock to assemble and quality check all of our units before shipping by our self-imposed deadline. Every one of our MiniMax displays are hand assembled for quality, but we also want to get them out to you, our backers as quickly as possible. Through hard work and a bit of elbow grease, we know that we will be shipping right on time.

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    Do It Yourself (barebones kit)!
    For the makers, we are offering a limited run of parts only, no case. You will receive one panel, one cable, and one board. The housing is up to you! Comes with a free Kickstarter exclusive Sencha Electronics T-shirt and keychain.

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    Trendsetter!
    As a token of our appreciation, we are offering these units in any color you please (over 30 options!) with custom engraving. We will work with you to give you custom graphics, text, or anything you can imagine on the back of the MiniMax. Comes with a free Kickstarter exclusive Sencha Electronics T-shirt and keychain.

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    We will handcraft a wooden case for your MiniMax and offer custom engraving. You choose the wood and lacquer color, and we'll make it. Seriously. Comes with a free Kickstarter exclusive Sencha Electronics T-shirt and keychain.

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