Who among us has not dreamed of working on the move, but has always considered the large, convenient monitor of the fixed station to be comfortable? Splay looks like a dove's egg: the device of the two designers Mark Kimbrough e John Jaworski it can act both as a pico projector (up to 80 inches) and as an external monitor. The secret"? An ultra-compact foldable display.
The Splay is a rather unique device, if you think about it. Laptops, tablets and mobile phones can extend their field of vision with a set that fits easily in a backpack. The projector, as mentioned, can be used as a standalone device, allowing you to watch 1080p content on a nice 80-inch surface. However, things get even more interesting with the expandable display that transforms the projector into an external monitor using an inverted umbrella-shaped device that allows images to be projected onto a bright 24-inch screen. In my profession, I would have no problem calling such a thing a “light box”. In the end this is it.
Splay, little sassy
Taking advantage of its ultra short throw, this gizmo produces an 80-inch screen at just 60 centimeters away, and it also has two pretty good built-in speakers. For relatively small places it can do an excellent job, considering the fact that its automatic vertical keystone correction system offers straight projection, regardless of the tilt angle of the projector.
What about the foldable display? An ingenious solution that attaches to the front of the pico projector, transforming it into a 24-inch external HD screen with 800 nits of brightness. It can act as the first (or second) monitor for all the various devices, with an image comparable to traditional monitors.
Splay projector: front connectivity
Splay is equipped with an HDMI input to connect various devices, as well as a USB output to use it as a power bank or to place it on a Fire Stick or Chromecast. If you're wondering, it also has a USB-C input, to power its internal battery. 4 hours of operation for a full charge - you can do better, but it's not a bad start.
All in all, the entire system (projector plus display) is about the size of a smart speaker: it weighs only 1kg (2,5lbs) and is therefore extremely agile, perfect to carry around. Splay is currently in crowdfunding on Kickstarter, with deliveries starting in early 2022.