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Surf the web with your Frank Etc. Spider

on March 23, 2012 10:00 am

From design company Frank Etc. comes the concept of the Spider, a mobile solution for connecting to the Web.  The Spider Computer is an ultraportable device with a built-in projector and laser keyboard that you can easily carry with you.  When folded the Spider can also be used as a mobile phone.

“Its three legs can easily be folded out, allowing it to be placed on a flat surface. The mirror head opens, and the projection is directed towards the table surface or a wall. Digital correction compensates for angular differences in projection versus surface. Working prototype was made for technology, user studies and research. When legs are folded into the body, it becomes a mobile device, used as a phone, for messages etc. Circular LCD display with graphic interface. It can be carried in your pocket and brought anywhere.”


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    Dmitriy says:

    currently, there’s no problem to produce such device. all components exists: laser keyboards, pico projectors and android platform… but all of them far from being ideal products with a very short battery life.

    but who wants such uncomfortable supergeeky thing with 2 hours at max battery lifetime, ugly lowcontrast screen and very slow input method?

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    poqeteer says:

    Wait… Didn’t we see this concept a while back just before the first projected keyboard came out? Wasn’t it Motorola or Nokia (or some other cell phone company)? I seem to remember it being a two part unit, one was a pen-like unit for the keyboard and another to do the projection.

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    Dmitriy says:


    yeah! you are right

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    andix says:

    the pico projector was so good that nobody uses it to date. as the previous posters said, I can’t see any practical use of this concept on a cafeteria table on a bright, sunny day (the whole point of having such a portable device). and if the tablecloth is a plaid pattern, hilarity ensues.

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    andix says:

    (EDIT) by pico projector I meant that tiny laser projected keyboard sold by think geek a while ago.

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