Able-HD Plus: Sleek Portable HD Monitor in your bag (DIY)

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      Evgeny Filatov on February 9, 2014

      I am glad there is an option for just a case only for previous backers. This shows support for early adopters that they are not forgotten. Good move.

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      Mitch Capper
      Superbacker
      on February 5, 2014

      It certainly seems a bit light on details (IE what is the hard case vs not some pictures might be helpful here). Productivity up 50% means 6 hours not 8 hours of work.
      I still don't understand the audio in if you are going to mention this feature maybe mention its use case.

      I am not sure the 'expedited' option is great. Most campaigns fill orders in the order of the backer not by backers paying more to get the same thing early. There is a soft case shown in the video but not mentioned anywhere else.

      I know originally there was discussion of an actual hard case it would fit into. for traveling. It seems in the current version there is a hardened screen and the back is hardened plastic (I am guessing) but no actual travel case. So if people want something to put it in for travel they are still only left with 3rd party options I assume?

      Showing the connection and disconnection would also be nice, as the other comments 'charge' is wrong for the power and would be confusing to people.

      I am not sure there is much DIY either involved with this.

      Is the quality of the 15" screen similar to that of the 17" or has it changed? Obviously the sharpness is something I would be curious about.

      Looking forward to 2.0:)

    3. paul on February 4, 2014

      Nice one. Timing on the pledges or is that to come? Image of the i/or board up close? You say the plus+ comes with everything except stand - just clarify you mean the white basic stand right? Thanks

    4. Yorik on February 4, 2014

      Nice start.

      Power Input Requirements need to be stated. People need to know that this is not powered from USB and that it requires a (provided) external power supply. It would be even better if you provide details of the following:
      -Actual Input Voltage and Current required to operate. (Also DC or AC)
      -Size of the AC Adaptor (dimensions)
      -Photo of the AC Adaptor
      -AC Adaptor Power Plug type (IEC C13) so that international customers can be sure to have the correct Power Lead in advance, if it uses a power lead or they can get an international adpator for their country.
      -Power Input Plug dimensions. It looks like a standard barrel connector, state the outer and internal dimensions of this. People

      I know that you call it a "charger" but this implies that the screen has a battery. It is much better to state "AC Adaptor".

      If you state the power input requirements, some people might find better ways to power the unit to suit them.

      Best of luck, Look forward to launch, if the above details are included and it meets my requirements, then I definitely purchase at least one.

    5. Jorge E. Guiñez R. on February 3, 2014

      I have the standard prototype, and is great, and like all prototyping models has some to-do thing, but looking de plus model all of this has been gone, im happy with my monitor. I'm using with a Mac-Mini i7, when I have to go with clients and sit to work with High Definition and Fast.

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      Mikael on February 3, 2014

      just to add.
      This product just keeps getting better and better.
      amazing work.

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      Mikael on February 3, 2014

      Agree with Greg that you could show more than one user.

      What was the screen connected to in the beginning at the bedside table?
      A laptop?
      If that was the case, why would you have a screen you can not control when you have a laptop hooked up next to it?
      Would the screen be on all night?
      Can't figure that one out. Please let me know.

      Is there an on/off button on the frame on the display?

      I think I will pledge $5 as I did the last time in wait/hope for a Able-HD with the board built in. And only displayport or hdmi connector. (mini connectors perhaps?:)
      WiDi/miracast/airplay and option with or without touchscreen.
      The big adapter board/box is a deal breaker for me.
      good luck

    8. Will Triumph
      Superbacker
      on February 3, 2014

      I'm wondering if you could offer the Smart Stand enclosed adapter board for existing ABLE buyers.

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      Jules Catbird on February 3, 2014

      This is a great project you are working on. I have not left previous feedback, and this may be too late, but I am a musician and am mainly looking for a thin screen I can put on the music stand and read music pdf's from my ipad. (or ipod)

      I am wondering if the the screen can fit on a music stand along with the base, or be separated from the base for a vertical fit / and still fit on a music stand.

      Its a great invention, looking forward to it.

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      Marek M
      Superbacker
      on February 3, 2014

      As a previous backer, it's unclear exactly what the $45 pledge gets me. Is it just a couple of housings and a cable for my Able-HD? Do I get any electronics? Do I use my previous electronics with some new ones?

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      Greg Sheets on February 3, 2014

      Features of the "plus" need better photos to clearly show them (i.e. how the screen mates to the base).

      The "plus" fits in your "bag", clearly shows this is female targeted device, why not include briefcase, backpack (for students)

    12. Jim Turner on February 3, 2014

      Nice video. I would be interested in seeing a video that discussed the technical details mentioned in the presentation below. As Fabian said this is a long presentation (vertically)

    13. Yan Yan on February 3, 2014

      Hi Nell, neat!
      Two suggestions,
      1, when you put up the picture to show how sleek the screen is, it's probably better to add something in the picture to prepare and put the number of the the exact thickness on the side of the screen (oreo style)
      2. You made the why people should buy the Able-HD plus pic with the three reasons, I would suggest put them in the first row and make it more eye-catching, short attentions span people have these days.

    14. Fabian Knopf on February 1, 2014

      nice video!

      punctuation, space through out the campaign

      Backing Levels
      some items are unclear: Able-Case - Screen/Board Case Only - Special Dedicated For (what?)
      Are the Backing Levels synced with the Pledges on the right side banner?

      What's the Board? Might make sense to give an overview of all components and stick to one description and get rid of the "/".

      What are Stretch Goals?

      Milestones & Timeline
      Don't point the arrow going down

      Teams and their responsibilities
      Formatting

      Overall the presentation seems kind of long and repetitive at times.

      1) It's fairly clear, except for the matters mentioned above
      2) Seems fair, I might not be an expert on this.
      3) I think it's interesting, though not sure I would by one. I'm not an extra-screen guy
      4) See above.

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About this project

The world's slimmest monitor. Cool companion for your Laptop, smartphone, Xbox, Ouya, Pi, Kano or others.

 

 

Able-HD Plus radically improves productivity while on the move; you can replicate your dual monitor setup anywhere you go. Microsoft's research reported, multiple monitors can increase productivity by up to 50%. This means 4 hours of your work on a single monitor equals 8 hours of work with dual monitor.

Three times slimmer than the competition

The Able-HD Plus out performs all the big, bulky, flat-screen monitors that are permanently tethered to a desk somewhere...collecting dust.

Best display solution for your Pi, Ouya, Kano or other cool gadget.  

Whereas most LED monitors only have VGA or HDMI ports, and others offer only USB hookups that might drain CPU memory and unstable the power (based from online's feedback), the Able-HD Plus comes fully compatible with virtually any device, including Macs, PCs, smartphones and gaming consoles.

With its small format and mobile capabilities, Able-HD is the best display that you can combine with your Raspberry Pi, Kano, Beagle board, Ouya or other mobile gadgets. 


 

 The Story

For those who are hearing first time about Able-HD, we are not the new kid on the block! We ran a Kickstarter campaign before. It was really successful. Thanks to the Kickstarter and Backers. 

Able-HD, first time born,only consisted of an LED backlit screen and a brain; we called it Able-Board (Adapter Board). It is specifically designed for mobile environment with the most complete set of video input port and optimized video signal management. 

Able-HD Base version 

 

The base version is 100% functional. The screen has a PVC paper back cover, just a little fragile as it isn't equipped with the HARD-case/enclosure. We need to take extra caution when bringing the basic version together with your laptop and other mobile devices.

Able-HD Plus+ version

After extended research and testing, finally we are able to bring the Able-HD to the next level. The Able-HD is now stronger, reliable and more advanced with a case that we called Able-Case and S-Split technology that can separate the Able-board with the Able-screen safely.. This makes you more confident to take Able-HD wherever you go. We call this Able-HD Plus.

 

 

 

If you're interested in the Able-HD Plus, you can secure your monitor today by making a pledge. Based on the last Kickstarter campaign, we saw many of our funding tiers selling out. Despite all of the incredible benefits the Able-HD Plus offers, it's still less expensive than many LED backlit monitors. If you're in the market for a perfect portable monitor and want the incredible benefits that the Able-HD Plus+ monitor provides, please support us now.

Stretch Goals

$20,000 - Thanks, we've made it!

$200,000 - Unlock white version reward level of Able-HD

$500,000 - Unlock Premium reward level (engrave your own name)

$1,000,000 -  Throw a screen guard to all reward pledge level


Planning and Future Projection

On previous version, we managed to ship most of rewards on schedule although we admit there were several issues especially the broken screen issues (we learned a lot from this). 

Now, we have better idea what we will do, we hope that this version gives even better experience to backers who support us. We are ready to mass produce this version and distribute it to the retailers. We also already filed a Patent registration to the USPTO and got the 'Patent Pending' status. 

We will test the Able-HD Plus more thoroughly this time, especially the S-Split connector durability and the case. 

During the campaign we will inspect our previous vendor partner and make sure everything goes okay. Especially the screen display vendor as the screen is the rare and important factor. We will also arrange to produce the box, plastic, insert and other necessary packaging supply 

Order Fulfilment will still be taken through our fulfilment centre again in Asia (Hong Kong). The order fulfilment partner is used by several big companies such as Microsoft and HP. We likely will use them again. 

All the funds raised here will be used for mass production purpose, create moldings such as Able-board mold, S-Split board mold,and other molding. There are more than 10 moldings that we need to create for this version. We will use laser cutting machine to precisely cut each case's layer.

About us

We are a start-up organized to invent and design new mechanisms to boost current technology. It is our vision to continue developing new products and gadgets for the future.

We are committed to using the best of technologies to create a product that we are proud of. We won’t stop till people stop patronizing our products. So please support our project! 

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Risks and challenges

We thought that this is easy! Apparently, we are wrong. Many issues were found, some of them make us frustrated, some beat our hope, however others give us courage and push our adrenaline to the limit.

One of the problems is the challenge to separate the screen and the adapter board. To cut digital video signal in the middle is not easy. Many tests have been done, prototypes were build and finally we are able to combine the connector with additional split board.

Speaking about mass produce, our biggest challenge will be to source the display screen. We discovered that the display can be very rare, even big companies will have a hard time to source this.

Teams and their responsibilities:

Nell
Nell is the Founder of Able-HD. A visionary guy, he is the project leader behind all the research and product development for Able-HD.

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    This reward level is specially dedicated for backers of the previous Able-HD. You can have all the features of the new version into your Able-HD. You will get Able-screen Case + Able-board Case + S-Split cable connector for your Able-HD.

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    EARLY BIRD: [ Able-HD Base version Full HD 15.6" ] ---> Want to try the basic?...This reward is for the basic level version without any hard-case at all. Best for you that want to try with the lowest pledge level first or want to tinker yourself . You will get: (15.6" Able-screen + Able-board + Stand + Charger)

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    [ Able-HD Base Full HD 15.6" + Screen Case OR Board Case ] --->
    Want to get base version but concern about the screen or adapter board safety?...This reward is suitable for you that just want the basic but concern about the screen/board protection. You will get to choose either one Screen-case OR Board-case. You will receive: (Option to choose either Able-screen CASE or Able-board CASE&S-Split to protect the board + 15.6" Able-screen + Able-board + Charger)

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    EARLY BIRD: [ Able-HD Plus Full HD 15.6" ] --> Want the complete version?... You will get everything which are: (15.6" Able-screen + Able- screen case + Able-board + Able-board case + S-Split Tech + Charger)

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    [ Able-HD Plus Full HD 17.3" with Expedite Delivery ] ---> Want the full version and bigger?...
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    [ Able-HD Plus Full HD 15.6" (Super A grade screen) ]
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    Want the full version and with zero dead pixel?...
    According to the ISO standard, one to three dead pixel on the screen is normal and inevitable. However we are able to provide you Super A grade screen. This is suitable for you in the medical industry.
    You will receive: (15.6" Able-screen Super A grade Able- screen case + Able-board + Able-board case + S-Split Tech + Charger)

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