New Kickstarter: Folding, Stacked Monitors With Built-in Docking Station
(Photo: Mobile Pixels)Move over, side-by-side setups: Stacked screens are in. Or, at least, they’re trying to be. Mobile Pixels, creator of the folding portable external monitor, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for what it calls Geminos: a stacked pair of 24-inch screens that fold together like a laptop. So far, the campaign has done very, very well.
Despite Geminos’ clamshell design, it’s meant for a desktop setup rather than a quick coffee-shop laptop session. As it’s opened, Geminos slides up on a central stand until it’s open at an angle (again, like a laptop) or flat, imitating two desktop monitors stacked on top of each other. Mobile Pixels argues the stacked setup is more ergonomic than its conventional side-by-side counterpart. It also says Geminos’ folding mechanism prevents a significant gap from separating the two screens and interrupting the visual experience.
There are two different versions of Mobile Pixels’ latest creation, Geminos and Geminos X. Geminos reaches a maximum brightness of 250N and a resolution of 1080p, while Geminos X has a max 300N brightness and 1440p. Geminos’ refresh rate is 60Hz; Geminos X can reach 75Hz. One part of Mobile Pixels’ Kickstarter page says a Geminos X Touchscreen edition is also available, but it isn’t mentioned anywhere else on the page, despite the fact that a folding touchscreen display like this one would likely be a game changer for many.
While I can’t imagine myself using something like this as a writer, I can see the stacked screens working well for programmers, designers, architects, storyboard artists, or anyone else who would benefit from a taller display. (Streamers come to mind, too, but they might be turned off by the max resolution; Samsung’s ridiculously tall Odyssey Ark, though far more expensive, might be a better fit.) With built-in speakers and a docking station with plenty of ports (two HDMI, two USB-A, one USB-C, one ethernet, one TF/SD card reader, and one 3.5mm audio jack) it’s clear Mobile Pixels was aiming for the work-from-home crowd.
It’s hit its target, both metaphorically and literally. Though Mobile Pixels’ Kickstarter campaign was originally meant to raise $25,000, it’s reached $1.8 million as of writing, and it still has a couple of weeks to go. This might be owed in part to endorsement by tech and travel YouTuber iJustine, but regardless, the fact that it reportedly met its campaign goal in 36 minutes is impressive. Whether the tech itself is, we’ll have to see.