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Spec Update | No display required: Kaleido is a mini PC concept with foldable keyboard and integrated projector

The Kaleido might be a bit long, but it packs a projector, keyboard and sound bar! (Image Source: IF)
The Kaleido might be a bit long, but it packs a projector, keyboard and sound bar! (Image Source: IF)
The Kaleido concept mini PC is not really that small, but it sure packs everything you need from a computer. First of all, you do not need a display, since the elongated prism-shaped device integrates a projector, plus it also comes with a foldable keyboard and a sound bar.
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Spec update: A Hafei representative was kind enough to disclose a few more specs for the Kaleido concept. The CPU powering this device will be the ultra-low voltage i3-8145U. Also, the USB ports are 3.1 Gen 2 and the projector is limited to 720p resolution.

The IF World Design Guide awards have been around for more than half a century now and this year’s winners were recently announced. Among the more interesting submissions that received a product design award this year is the Kaleido mini PC that comes in an elongated prism shape.

The Kaleido device was designed by the Chinese company called Hafei LCFC and is supposed to be commercialized globally, yet there is no specific launch date. Even though it is described as being “as big as a bottle,” the designers probably meant as tall as a bottle, since the device itself appears to be fairly compact when placed horizontally.

It might look a bit long, but we must take into account that this device does not need a separate display, as it comes with a projector. It also comes with a foldable keyboard and trackpad that extends from one of the prism’s sides. When using the keyboard, the device is to be placed horizontally. Alternatively, if you just want to play video content, the device can be placed vertically. Thanks to its elongated form, the device packs a large speaker, as well. The port selection is minimalistic with 2x USB-C (apparently acting as video output for compatible displays) and a USB-A port.

No hardware specs for the moment, but we might hear about a commercial version soon enough.

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Unfolded keyboard (Image Source: IF)
Unfolded keyboard (Image Source: IF)
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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1571 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-02-11 (Update: 2020-02-11)