Human Things' Portable Switch Dock Is Making A Big Splash On Kickstarter
Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid is presently the epitome of gaming-on-the-go. If you’re one of the 35 mil+ Switch owners, you’re probably well aware of how functional the device operates in handheld mode and while docked.
While the Switch has gives you the freedom to take your games with you wherever you go, the dock itself is a nuisance to move from room to room and take with you while travelling. Human Things has launched a Kickstarter project for the Genki Covert Dock, an easy-to-use tool to get your Switch games on the TV without dragging the official dock with you.
Human Things, the company who previously released the Bluetooth audio adapter for Switch last year, is now tackling the issue numerous users are experiencing. While many of us want to bring the Switch with us on vacations or even to another room, nobody wants to unplug and bring their dock. This has been a problem since the launch of Switch and while others have tried to come up with a solution, none have gained traction.
Human Things' version seems promising. Looking at the Genki Covert Dock, it’s not so much an actual dock, but rather a compact, portable unit which features the components of the Switch Dock. Marrying the dock and charger of the Switch into the size of a wall brick.
The Covert Dock, powered by GaN technology, is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It features a USB-C, USB-A, and HDMI port. When plugged into a wall, users can connect their Switch, charge it, and relay the display to a nearby TV via HDMI. It’s able to display 1080p to the TV when docked.
The Genki Covert Dock Kickstarter project recently launched last week. Genki reached their goal of $50,000 within 40 minutes from launch. At the time of writing, Human Things has raised a total of $1,223,000, $500,000 of which was raised in the first 24 hours. The Covert Dock has now become the #1 Gaming Hardware Kickstarter this year, and #4 of all time.
In terms of pricing, Human Things has the Genki Covert Dock listed at $59.00 USD. This pricing model is pretty attractive when you compare it to the Nintendo Switch dock and AC adapter, which is sold for $89.99 USD. Early-bird backers were able to pledge and get their in for a dock at only $49 USD.
Human Things is expecting to begin shipping units later this year in December. I’ll be very eager to see how the dock works. As someone who treasures my Switch during travel, it’s hard not to miss the docking functionality.