Arguably the “holy grail” of the tech universe is an all-in-one device that can successfully do everything we need to successfully live in our modern world: acting as a replacement for our laptop, tablet and even our smartphone. While such a product could be extremely convenient, attempts to create such a device have generally failed when it comes down to execution. The Dragonfly Futurefön is another futile endeavor that aims high but ultimately bends, twists, and dual-boots in all the wrong ways.
One of the first things you’ll notice about Dragonfly Futurefön, aside from its odd name, are the dual screens attached to the keyboard. The idea behind this unique dual-screen setup is that you can dual-boot Windows or Android using one or both monitors at a time. The right-most monitor detaches from the base, allowing you to use it as a tablet or a phone. Yes, that’s right, you can use it as a phone. They’re calling the phone the “Slingshot,” and since it’s a tablet/phone hybrid, it’s going to be pretty massive. The device comes in two versions: one Android-only variant, and one that runs Windows while the Slingshot runs Android, allowing you to run both operating systems at a time when the phone/tablet unit is attached.
Included in this odd-shaped package is a slide-out trackpad and a smartpen that nestles in the side of the device. Oh, and it has a detachable Bluetooth earpiece around back. How could you live without this thing? Okay, probably pretty easily.
Let’s talk about size for a second. The device’s monitors are both 7-inches, giving you both an awkward phone and laptop experience. Here, they show the device compared to the size of a dime:
If these images show exactly how the final product will look, this thing is going to be a freakin’ monster in its fully put together form. Imagine holding the whole unit up to your ear!
The Dragonfly Futurefön is currently raising money on IndieGoGO. The company’s goal is a mere $10,000, and they’ve far surpassed that. At the time of writing this, they’re already at $508,000. Wow. You can find out more about the IndieGoGo campaign here.
As for costs? $300 gets you the all-Android version, while $400 gets you the dual Windows/Android hybrid. That seems awfully cheap for what the Futurefön is promising to accomplish.
Honestly, this idea is really awesome. It’s futuristic and different, and we can’t knock anybody for trying to make “the next big thing” a reality. With that being said, it is also way beyond the realm of practicality. It’s thick, likely heavy, tries to do too much and will probably end up failing miserably when it comes to achieving its true goal: being a no-compromise all-in-one device.
Why will it fail to deliver a no compromise solution? Because you’re stuck with a weird format laptop, a massive phone and likely a host of other issues including the fact this is a startup and they are bound to run into delays and other problems. That my friends is the very definition of a compromise-heavy product.
What do you think of the Dragonfly Futurefön? An epic idea and the greatest thing since sliced bread, or is it doomed to fail before it even arrives?