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Superscreen transforms nearly any phone into a 10-inch tablet

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We regularly scour Kickstarter, Indiegogo and more to find the best crowdfunding projects around, so you know which ones to consider backing – and which to avoid.

Our latest pick is Superscreen, a wireless 10-inch display that transforms nearly any phone into a full form factor tablet.

And our one to avoid? A heated razor that’s not the sharpest tool in the box.

What is Superscreen?

It’s a 10.1-inch screen that syncs to your smartphone. Once hooked up, your phone provides the power, and you can use all your apps and games on the bigger screen as if it were a tablet – all at a fraction of the cost of a device like the new 9.7-inch iPad (2017), of course.

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Why is it interesting?

Because it has the potential to save households hundreds of pounds.

Think about it. You fire up your tablet to read a recipe in the kitchen or check your emails while lounging on the sofa – all while your equally pricey phone sits in your pocket, unused.

Surely it makes sense to use one set of components for both your phone and tablet, rather than doubling down on devices? Not only will it save you money, it will also be good for the environment, as fewer components will have to be manufactured.

In fact, if it takes off, Superscreen has the potential to put tablets out of business.

An added bonus is that it negates the need for a separate data plan, as it uses your phone’s. So you can get online on the big screen wherever you are, without spending a penny more.

Here’s how it works.

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You download the companion app to your phone, then wirelessly sync your phone to the Superscreen, after which you can use it as if it was a standalone tablet, browsing and pinching to zoom, playing games, and doing all the things you normally would.

Not only that, but the resolution is 2560 x 1600 pixels, which is sharper than a lot of smartphones currently available. It scales your content, too, so what’s on-screen never looks stretched, zoomed into, blurry or chopped off at the sides.

As well as using multi-touch, it supports stylus inputs, so you can get scribbling or doodling, should the mood take you.

The magic is partly down to Superscreen's patent pending technology, which Transcendent Designs – the people behind the project – claims talks to your phone more efficiently than other standards and delivers “industry-leading speeds” at up to 100 feet away

In other words, you can leave your phone in another room and still use Superscreen.

It works with Android and iOS devices, with the makers claiming it's compatible with some 97% of newer smartphones, so you shouldn’t have any issues using it.

Because there are minimal innards, it’s a lot lighter than a standalone tablet, and it has its own camera – a 2-megapixel selfie camera and a 5-megapixel rear snapper. (Though if you’re taking photos with a tablet, you want to have a word with yourself).

It features built-in speakers, too, and – as it’s basically a dumb screen – it uses 70% less battery than if you were using your phone.

As you can probably tell by now, there's quite a lot worth getting excited with Superscreen – hell, you can even use Touch ID thanks to its touch recognition technology.

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What are the challenges?

As ever with crowdfunding, there are risks to be aware of.

When you back a project, you’re not buying it like you would from an established retailer. Rather, you’re pledging financial support to its creators.

Usually, backers receive their devices as expected, but in a small minority of cases the project ends up being cancelled and the backers get nowt, or there are delay issues. Think before you pledge, and if in any doubt, consult the Kickstarter Backer FAQs, which can be found here.

Transcendent Designs claims to have minimised the risks by carrying out “extensive research”, combined with its “established network of fulfilment and delivery partners, and our decades of combined experience in bringing major products to market”.

It has working prototypes, but the final working model will need product certifications, which are out of the company’s hands. It seems to be planning well ahead, aiming to pursue these certifications in July, which is well ahead of the device’s planned shipping date.

Is there anything similar available?

Not that we’ve seen. Asus' Padfone had a phone that physically docked into a screen, while a number of companies have tried to make your smartphone double as a PC thanks to a docking system, notably Motorola and, more recently, Samsung, with its DeX dock.

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Should I crowdfund this?

If you want the tablet experience but at a fraction of the price and from a much lighter device, then Superscreen is for you.

Prices start at $119 (£96), which is very reasonable indeed, considering that the iPad starts at £339. All being well, shipping should start in December.

  • Back it on Kickstarter here

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And one to avoid...

SmartRazor. This razor’s blades heat up to apparently make it three times more efficient than a non-heated razor.

Last time we shaved – which admittedly was a while ago – having non-heated blades wasn’t a problem. And if they’re really too cool, can’t you just run them under the hot tap?

Or would that be too easy?

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Spotted any other cool projects on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or elsewhere recently? Share them in the comments below.

jimmy

April 11, 2017, 4:34 pm

didn't the Asus Padfone do exactly this? don't recall that being a great success. although the fact this is wireless, not docked, and also considerably cheaper bodes far better for them.
Not keen on the aspect ratio and black backs though

Russ

April 11, 2017, 8:22 pm

I initially backed the Superscreen, but decided to walk away due to the risks. Early on in the campaign, it felt like the creator was promising way too much and asking backers to trust him without establishing any real credibility. Hopefully that's improved since I stopped paying attention, but I have serious doubts that the product will be delivered on time, or that it will be as good as it's made out to be. For the sake of the creator and backers, I'd like to be wrong about that.

iFrank

April 11, 2017, 8:50 pm

Can you take or make calls on it?
It has onboard speakers, so would be very comforting if you were somewhere awkward like "the bathroom" : - )

mikfrak

April 11, 2017, 9:25 pm

Apple would find it very easy to block this. I have found that devices and software made by third parties for music use are regularly sabotaged by changes made to the Apple operating system and I doubt the company will play nicely with a product that threatens lucrative sales of iPads. The iPhone7 also has quite a low resolution compared with iPads and apps would not look good blown up to fit the superscreen. The costs savings of the finished superscreen, according to its kickstarter page, would not be all that great when you can get the new iPad for £339 without the risk of it being rendered useless because Apple blocks the app or 'updates' the operating system so it doesn't work any more. However, this would be a boon for Android users and I imagine handset manufacturers would not object to an app that could give them an advantage over Apple, especially when Android tablets have not been a great success and the manufacturers have little to lose.

Serge Ecoiffier

April 17, 2017, 3:09 pm

"Think before you pledge, and if in any doubt, consult the Kickstarter Backer FAQs, which can be found here."

Actually, if anyone has any doubt about any crowdfunding campaign, they SHOULD consult the COMMENTS of the campaign and see what the other backers are saying, what they found about the creator and the campaign, etc. This is the only voice for backers of crowdfunding campaigns.

In the case of the SuperScreen, there are major red flags being raised as much on the product as about the creator's behaviour, or lack thereof. Many backers are backing out in fact.

Samsung might be looking into the use of their products being passed as the creator's.

Apple will likely not approve the needed app since claimed features are against their policies.

Go read those comments, the main ones off the campaign page and those within the individual updates.

Siôn French

April 18, 2017, 7:29 pm

Wake up folks! All the displayed prototypes are actually Samsung Galaxy smartphones screen casting to Samsung Galaxy Tabs. And these are not being presented as an illustration of a concept with an appropriate credit to Samsung or warning that you are not seeing a real prototype.

I am also a bit concerned that 'Trusted Reviews' may not have appropriately vetted this opinion and may be unintentionally lending credibility by not expressing an appropriately sceptical opinion of potential vapourware.

Techy View

May 1, 2017, 2:07 am

I'm a big advocate for the Superscreen because of it's compatibility, price, and simplicity. Even so, I'm bothered by the fact that if your phone resolution doesn't match, you're going to be faced with annoying black bars.

Yuki Fuyui

June 1, 2017, 2:13 pm

Why not just use the good old method of connecting a touchscreen by wire to the phone.
Why do we even need this wireless junk?

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