One disappointing aspect perhaps is that it's not based on the foldable display technology we've been hearing about for many years. Instead, the SPUD uses some sort of rear-projection technology in combination with a special vinyl composite screen that promises exception contrast and clarity. The screen connects wirelessly (WiDi) or via HDMI to a phone, tablet or laptop.
SPUD weighs under 1.5 pounds (0.68kg) and measures about 2.2 x 5.6 x 7.5 inches (56 x 142 x 190mm). Initial models will feature a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution but future versions will offer more pixel real estate. A Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign will be launched in April to bring the idea to production. The plan is to sell SPUD for $300 to $500, depending on the model you buy.
Wesley received funding to develop the idea through a National Science Foundation accelerator grant while at Rice University in Houston. He developed the idea after traveling extensively for his job as a product manager and being frustrated by not having enough screen room to work with Powerpoint and Excel documents in his hotel room.It is certainly an interesting idea and I'm curious how the SPUD will score in terms of image quality and usability.