Your iPhone is packing all the power it needs to be a tablet; it’s just lacking the big screen. But a team of designers and inventors from California are hoping to change that.
Superscreen harnesses the power of your smartphone and wirelessly turns it into a tablet. It has its own speakers and headphone jack, built-in Bluetooth connectivity, and it uses 70 percent less battery life than your phone itself.
Most of us buy a tablet because our smartphones aren’t big enough for certain tasks, but they offer much the same functionality. So, you’re essentially paying for a processor, memory, and lots of other pricey components that you’re already carrying around in your pocket.
Superscreen solves the problem.
It’s a tablet with a 10.1-inch Full HD (1080p) display that is powered by your smartphone. It connects wirelessly to your iPhone or Android-powered device using “high performance hardware communication circuitry” that requires no Wi-Fi or data connection.
Everything that you would see on your smartphone is blown up (up to 4x) in the correct aspect ratio and displayed on the Superscreen, so you can use all your favorite apps and features. Its own software runs in the background to enable multitouch and ensure there’s zero lag.
Superscreen has its own cameras for things like Skype and FaceTime, its own Bluetooth connection, stereo speakers and a headphone jack, and a battery that promises up to 12 hours of use in between charges. It’s also pretty, and it weighs less than a pound.
What’s really great about the Superscreen is its price tag (for now). By harnessing the power of your smartphone to cut out certain components, it’s super-affordable at just $99. But there’s a catch.
Superscreen isn’t available just yet; it’s currently on Kickstarter looking for funding, and that price tag only applies to early birds who get in quickly. According to the project page, it will cost $299 when it makes its retail debut.
There’s still time to claim yours for $99, but you’ll need to act fast. The project has already raised almost $200,000 in two hours, and early bird spots are going fast.