It fixes a problem you probably didn't even know you had - unlocking the full potential of your graphics card hardware.
By simulating the presence of an attached display, Headless Ghost allows you to use all of the power and available resolutions locked away inside your graphics hardware, which might otherwise be disabled when there is no screen available.
What does it do?
When attached, a Headless Ghost emulates the presences of a high resolution display, this enables the GPU hardware and unlocks a range of resolutions to work with. The Headless Ghost fits directly into an HDMI socket and will work with mini HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI outputs using readily available adaptors. NB: Some passive DisplayPort adapters do not the full range of HG resolutions.
Great! Why would I want that?
Many computer systems do not enable their GPU hardware when there is no display attached; a well documented issue amongst the Mac Mini and Intel HD graphics user bases. Having a dummy plug like the Headless Ghost attached fully enables the GPU which allows for:
Hardware accelerated remote desktop access at high resolutions
Running software which requires the presence of a graphics card without a display
Fully utilizing GPU hardware for GPGPU tasks such as crypto currency mining, rendering and simulations
- Ensuring the correct display mode on a media centre PC when used with a AV receiver or switch that doesn't pass EDID correctly
- Taking screenshots at resolutions not support by your real monitor (e.g. Retina or 4K)
Supports resolutions from 800x600 all the way up to 4096x2160 (4K!)
Operating system and software agnostic - works with Windows, OSX, Linux and just about anything else
Requires no drivers, configuration or power supply - just set it and forget it
Manufactured on black PCBs, with a gold corrosion resistant finish, in the UK
Appears as a headless ghost display in the OS graphics properties window for easy identification amongst other displays
Programming port - exposed programming pins on the board allow for new EDID data to be easily downloaded into the Ghost's memory
Open source - design files for the Headless Ghost will be available after the Kickstarter has ended
Who are you, anyway?
Why did you develop the Headless Ghost?
£1 - Thank you! Every pledge counts and your name will go on the supporters list on the website
£8 - Early bird special! 1x Headless Ghost, free shipping worldwide at a reduced cost for the first 20 backers!
£10 - 1x Headless Ghost, free shipping worldwide
£15 - 1x Headless Ghost with custom display identifier, free shipping worldwide (limited 50)
£17 - 1x Headless Ghost with limited edition Kickstarter case, free shipping worldwide (limited 20)
£19 - 2x Headless Ghosts, free shipping worldwide
£48 - GPGPU pack - 5x Headless Ghosts. Great for rigs with multiple GPUs being used for high performance computing, free shipping worldwide
- £97 - Server farm pack - 10x Headless Ghosts. Great for taking care of lots of machines e.g. a rack of Mac Mini Servers, free shipping worldwide
Worldwide shipping costs have been folded in to the Kickstarter Reward tiers - however as with all Kickstarter projects, this does not include customs fees, duties and other taxes that you might incur for importing goods into your state or country. After this initial run of the Headless Ghost, they will sell for £12/unit plus shipping.
Campaign backers will also have access to two special editions of the Headless Ghost.
50 Headless Ghosts will be made with custom display identifiers, so, they will show up as whatever you like in the operating system (up to 13 characters):
Prototyping and testing - DONE
Design for manufacture review - DONE
Tooling and manufacturing quoted - DONE
Kickstarter Campaign preparations - DONE
After you take my money, what happens next?
Terms and Conditions
YOUR PLEDGE CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, THEREFORE PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY.
1.The terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”) detailed herein (the “Agreement”) apply to you, the donor (“you,” or the“Backer”), and your donation (the “Pledge”) made during the HeadlessGhost Kickstarter fundraiser campaign (the “Campaign”) for the HeadlessGhost HDMI display emulator module (the “Product”).
2.This Agreement shall apply unless the Backer and Go2Dev (D Joshi) (the “Designer”) have entered into a
agreement applicable to the Pledge.
For the sales of the Product during the Campaign, the Backer will receive the following quantities of the product at the stated Pledge levels. Products that Backers receive as a reward for their pledge towards the campaign include shipping costs worldwide.
£10 - 1 unit
£15 - 1 unit with custom display identifier (up to 13 characters)
£17 - 1 unit with limited edition case
£19 - 2 units
£48 - 5 units
£97 - 10 units
After the campaign has ended, the product will the
available through retail channels at the cost of £12/unit plus
shipping. Distribution channels and pricing are subject to
change without notice.
Limitation of Liability
3.The Designer is not responsible for anyloss, damage, loss of profits, claim, or injury, whether direct or indirect, of any kind, which has a connection with the use of, or interruptions in the use of, the product.
4.Clause applies regardless of whether the grounds for such claim arecontractual, non-contractual liability, strict liability, or any other form of legal responsibility. Furthermore, this limitation applies regardless of whether the cause of damages lies within the control of the Designer or not, or whether the Designer by any act or omission is deemed negligent or to have acted or omitted to act with full insight of the risk for loss or damage.
5.Nothing in this
Agreement removes or
limits the Designer’s liability for death or personal injury.
6.The warranty covers any defects in materials and workmanship ofthe Designer and/or the product, and islimited to the replacement of the Product. In the Designer’s solediscretion, it may (a) replace the Product with a new item of the same model, or (b) replace the Product with a new product of the similar specification, in circumstances where the Product is no longer available.
7.The warranty does not
cover any of
the following: damage caused by the user; spillages or moisture;
abuse or misuse, including but not limited to the failure to use
for its normal purpose in accordance with the manufacturer's
for usage, failure to properly maintain the Product in
accordance with the manufacturer's
instructions, and/or the failure to use the Product in
accordance with the manufacturer's specifications; normal wear and tear; use of the product with incompatible or faulty equipment; unauthorised modifications; repairs conducted by unauthorised persons or service centres; accidents; or acts of God or any cause beyond the control of the Designer. Cosmetic defects, such as surface finish, and general wear and tear are not covered under warranty.
Third Party Rights
8.This Agreement shall not confer any benefit on a third party under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
Law and Jurisdiction
9.The Contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
Risks and challenges
The Headless Ghost has been prototyped and proved to work but some additional testing and development is required to ensure that it can be manufactured and delivered efficiently on a larger scale. The module also needs to be tested with a wide range of different video hardware to weed out any bugs. Bug squashing takes time and while this has been accounted for, there can always be unforeseen issues which disrupt the delivery timeline.
For niche products like the Headless Ghost, there is always a risk that the market isn’t large enough to warrant a production run - crowdfunding the production of the Headless Ghost mitigates the risks associated with fixed cost tooling investments.
Production on any scale is fraught with challenges - component availability and lead times are in a state of constant flux and may impact the delivery timeline for the Headless Ghost modules - however - with this in mind, measure are in place to keep operations from straying too far from the schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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