Pretty easy to answer! Imagine if a device like Google Glass existed with the fundamental ideas of Project Ara? Pick and choose what you want from the device and just upgrade old parts, not the entire device.
(mi)Display came about when I couldn't get my hands on a Google Glass, so I built my own that I could slowly or quickly upgrade and update over time however I saw fit. The problem I had was I'm not a designer and the device always looked extremely crude when being used, I had a solution to the problem but no real way of achieving it.
(mi)Display runs on an Android-based OS which will be heavily modified for usage on a wearable display device. This OS will be open sourced and modifiable by anyone, even without the device itself.
Specifications have not yet been decided but at the very least it will run on a low power quad-core ARM processor, 2GB of memory, 1080p Autofocus camera, 32GB on-board storage and a reasonable battery for 24 hours usage.
Australian Made. Owned. Operated.
(mi)Display is going to be the first device of it's kind developed and built inside Australia. This is a massive undertaking and unheard of for an extremely small company to take on such a grand task.
We will pride ourselves on generating jobs and revenue within Australia and supporting our local economy in doing so, this is a major step in the right direction in regards to technology creation and development in the country.
What does it look like?
(mi)Display looks however you want it to look, want green? Go ahead.. want red? Why not.
(mi)Display is built on our slogan, (your)(ours)(mine) which means that you are free to make it look, feel and operate however you like. You have the creative control to do whatever you need to do.
Once the Kickstarter is over we will be looking into a final design we think will work and not be oversized and heavy like the prototype, we are aiming for a simple click and fit design above all else while remaining slim and sleek.
Right now this is how the prototype looks, lots of cables and mess. It's crude but that's why it's a prototype, we want the end product to be sleek but also allow for those people that might want something a little bulkier and powerful for certain applications.
Couple of old videos..
These two videos show off an extremely early version of my concept, it evolved far past this over time and I do apologise for the fact I wasn't great at recording video!
Where did this come from?
(mi)Display came from a vision of a device with more processing power, battery life and camera features than Google Glass could ever offer. Glass is our nearest competitor but it's on nowhere near the scale we are aiming for..
I wanted to design and build a device that anyone could use and design themselves, making it personal the way it should be. You don't need a fancy camera then just don't have one, don't want a massive battery? Don't have one..
The whole ethos we are run by guides how (mi)Display is being built and it's one I've stuck by when developing the device from the beginning.
What modules are there?
To start with we are tackling the basic modules you need for a device to function well and also the base device with the display.
But how do they connect? Each module will operate in a plug like fashion, old school plug and play! It will click into place depending on what module it is.
The camera module has a target of 1080p Autofocus video and photo capture, we have no set megapixel as of yet only a resolution. This is something we are keen to investigate as we want the highest quality possible, our issue is hardware scale. We'd love to be able to do 4K at 30fps for people wanting something cool!
The battery module is going to be one of our key focuses because everyone needs something reliable throughout a working day. We will have facility for the user to power it via external packs which will attach to the port a battery module would via cable. We have no set capacity as of yet and it will depend on what we can do for the total size of the module.
The brain of the entire (mi)Display device is the most important, it must be energy efficient and deliver sufficient power for even extreme tasks. This can be backed up by cloud computing but that's up to individual developers. We are aiming for a quad-core matched with around 2GB of memory and 32GB of storage, but we may also look into versions with MicroSD slots for extra capacity.
Where does my money go?
Your money goes into getting the entire project off the ground and running, with this funding I can take the technology to a completely new playing field. Hiring the best people possible to make this a success and a reality requires some help and crowdfunding is the best way to do it.
Most of all you are contributing to development and creation of an open source piece of hardware that can be used in many ways and forms for different purpose, imagine someone developing modules for radiation detection, thermal video or even just a higher resolution camera.
- Begin formation of (mi)Display team and hire the best minds to create the future, this is already underway right now.
- Begin designing a final product as we envision, begin finding hardware partners to build our modules and make it a reality - Start development of Android-based operating system
- Start construction of first final design prototypes - Begin working with the community on what software features they would like to see and what modules may be useful
- Start building initial developer devices (allows for issues in production) - Begin feedback portion of development - Begin testing and evaluation with various groups in different fields with prototypes - Assess first batch of developer devices to ensure they will operate stably despite the fact they are for development- Finalise features and launch applications of our operating system
- Start shipping developer units out - Start going through feedback and issues with hardware and software - Release initial open source components - Finalise module production for consumer units - Speak with partners about use-cases in industry
- Begin production of first batches of consumer devices - Fix any hardware-based issues prior to shipping - Release all designs and details into open source - SHIP DEVICES!
$1 million - More modules
We will spend more time working on even cooler modules to release after the campaign has ended, we want to create your ideas so this will form part of a survey at the end of the Kickstarter.
No more yet! Come back later and see what great things we can do!
Risks and challenges
We understand from watching other campaigns that sometimes it's hard to deliver on a promise when you set a goal date. As a barely setup startup we need your help to get off the ground and work around the clock to get the device into your hands, together and on your head.
Understand that going open source has it's problems, there are all types of things we need to look at, especially with manufacturers not having open source licensing it could be problematic but we will work closely with our partners to ensure we can be as open as possible.
Everyone who donates even $1 will be constantly updated on what is going on with the device and we will begin doing weekly vlogs and blogs to help you keep up with the future.
Come visit us in Adelaide, Australia!
Meet the team we're building and what we're working on! This can be used multiple times, we don't mind visitors.
Also includes a Developer Edition (mi)Display
No flights or accommodation included.