Yes, you can walk around town with a large monitor in your backpack if you want the benefits of a large display for your on-the-go computing pursuits. Problem is, walking around with a monitor that large and heavy probably isn’t the most convenient thing. Unless, of course, you’re carrying Arovia’s SPUD, short for Spontaneous Pop-Up Display.
A packable DSP projector, it’s able to collapse to the size of a thick paperback (5.6 x 2.2 x 7.5 inches), making it a whole lot easier to carry in a bag than a similarly-sized monitor. Even better, it’s designed with both laptops and mobile devices, so you can use it both as a second monitor when working on the road and enjoying mobile content on a larger display.
When expanded, SPUD’s book-like frame transforms into a 24-inch monitor, giving you a screen that’s over 20 times larger than you’ll find in most smartphones. It combines a flexible polymer display up front, with a DLP projector in the back that throws a 720p image with a 16:9 aspect ratio and up to 785 nits of brightness, ensuring the picture can stay visible even in bright environments (anywhere not directly facing sunlight). Like normal monitors, it comes with an HDMI slot for connecting to a laptop or tablet, as well as plug in Miracast wireless adapters for untethered use. Other features include built-in speakers and an onboard battery rated at four hours of operation (10 hours at a 350-nit brightness setting).
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for SPUD. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $384.