We've seen a number of attempts to give mobile workers extra screen real estate over the years, from laptops with double displays to tablet-like external panels. But such examples can add significant bulk and weight to a laptop bag. A Belgian startup is seeking funding through Kickstarter for Sliden'Joy, a device that can add one or two 13, 15 or 17-in full HD, thin and lightweight screens to your laptop even when you're on the go.
The displays, which work for both Mac and PC, can rotate freely by up to 180 degrees thanks to aluminum hinges, doubling or tripling the virtual real estate for work, business meetings, media editing or more immersive gaming.
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Users can set up the Sliden'Joy by magnetically attaching it to the back of their laptop screen, sliding out the extra monitor(s) and connecting the device to their laptop via either a single USB 3.0 or two USB 2.0 ports.
Startup co-founder Charlee Jeunehomme tells us that, while the company's prototype is fully functioning, hinges and other components are still in the works – which is why the pictures of the device currently feature 3D-printed (rather than aluminum) hinges and other temporary components.
The final weight and thickness will depend on the production components and the finishing chosen, but Jeunehomme says that the prototype is just 1.7 cm (about 0.65 in) thick for the two extra screens version, and could get even thinner in the production version.
A Sliden'Joy Kickstarter campaign is set to start on July 6. The device will initially be made available in three sizes of 13, 15 and 17 diagonal inches, with more planned to follow. Jeunehomme tells us that backers can expect pledge levels to be the same for every size and start at €199 (US$221) for the one extra screen version and €299 ($332) for the two extra screens version. A choice of finishes including wood, carbon, leather and alcantara will also be offered, though some will be subject to additional costs.
If everything goes to plan, the startup will begin delivering the product to backers in a year's time (the founders told us they are confident they'll be able to deliver it by Christmas).
In the meantime, you can watch a demonstration of the device in the video below.