Product developer Human Things has started up a Kickstarter campaign for its latest gizmo, the Genki Covert Dock. It's only been live for a day at the time of writing, but the campaign has already raised more than £300,000.
Following in the footsteps of the company's popular Bluetooth audio adapter - which lets you use wireless headphones with your Switch, this new product aims to get rid of the unnecessary faff of taking the standard dock out and about. "The large, clunky Switch dock is officially a thing of the past", says Human Things CEO Eddie Tsai. "Prepare to make every television your playground with the Genki Covert Dock.”
The dock can do pretty much everything that Nintendo's own can do, beaming your gameplay to the big screen and charging your console. It can also charge your smartphones, tablets, laptops and more, as well as broadcast media such as videos and slideshow presentations directly onto second screens. It's 90% smaller than the original dock, and even 22% smaller than the Switch's original charger - which seems pretty perfect for those who take their Switch on the go.
Of course, we've all heard horror stories of third-party Switch docks bricking systems in the past, but Human Things seems to have thought about that, too. On the Kickstarter page, the company notes that it has been working "closely with experts in this field", has steered clear of using cheap parts which are thought to cause the issues, and have made it possible to update the dock's firmware should Nintendo change anything through future firmware revisions.
You can read more about that, and pledge your support if you're interested, right here. Early bird pricing starts at $49, but stock is very limited.
What do you think? Will you give this a chance? We'd quite like one to use on second TVs in our bedrooms or offices, never mind for taking out and about.