If you?re not biased, the Aura Stand can help you with that

And by biased, I mean – of course – the concept of bias lighting. We generally think of this more in terms of those sticky LED light strips folks put on the back of a television to help improve the contrast your eyes see on the screen, as well as allowing your eyes to adjust to varying lighting conditions. Well, how about your laptop? Guessing not many folks have fiddled with bias lighting there. If so – and you wish your screen was a bit higher – then the Aura Stand is something you?ll want to take a look at.

On one hand, the Aura Stand is a simple device. Using microsuction, you can easily pop it on to the bottom of your laptop, or even onto a tablet (but we?ll still with the laptop use case). When folded down – and on your device – the Aura Stand will angle your keyboard up a bit, as the device is about 0.5? tall. When you put it into Darth Vader?s mode (aka, fully operational) by flipping out the stand, two things happen. First, your keyboard is raised 2?, and the LED lighting turns on.

In the case of the Aura Stand, the LED lights are multi-colored, and powered by a battery that should run for about 6 hours. Speaking of that battery, it charges via micro-usb, so you could conceivably charge it right off your laptop as you?re using it. In an office setting, something like the Aura Stand may not seem like it?s needed (unless you?ve got your own space where you?ve got more control over the lighting levels). Where this makes a lot of sense to me is when you?re working at home, say, typing away while you?re catching up on a show.

The concept behind bias lighting is fairly well-proven. By indirectly increasing the amount of light that?s in your field of vision, you get some richer blacks and grays in the screen, and eye strain and fatigue are reduced. It seems like a solid plan to bring over to the world of laptops and tablets, and I find the Aura Stand an intriguing concept. If you?re going to back it, you?re in for a longer haul. If you jump in on the campaign (earlybird pricing starts at $49 plus shipping) – which ends on September 12th, you?ll be waiting until about February 2020 for delivery of the unit. If you?re commonly working in a dimmer workspace (and near a wall, I suppose) then the wait may just be worth it. If we can get a demo unit in at some point, we?ll let you know how it works out. project page

Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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