I really like my Nintendo Swap. Virtually an unreasonable quantity, actually. It’s traveled hundreds of miles with me at this level, and I’ve in all probability traveled simply as far round Hyrule in Breath of the Wild.
One factor the Swap lacks, although, is a extra moveable dock. A journey dock, if you’ll. One thing that lets me hook my Swap as much as TVs once I’m on the street with out having to lug the clunky house dock round with me. As we’ve discovered from various teardowns, the dock is just about empty inside apart from a little bit three″ board:
(That is what’s contained in the official dock. Photograph supply: iFixit)
Why not make one thing extra compact? This man went forward and did simply that.
Redditor imnotashinobi gutted an official dock, 3D-printed a two-piece case that ditches all of that further house, did some cable origami and increase: He’s bought a dock that matches proper contained in the case he carries his Swap in. He calls it the “Dockling” (Duck, Duckling. Dock, Dockling. Intelligent!)
Slightly than setting your Swap into the Dockling, you plug it in through USB-C. On the opposite finish, you’ve bought one other USB-C port (for energy) and an HDMI port (for hooking it as much as the TV). It means carrying round an additional cable or two, however cables are an entire lot simpler to stuff right into a suitcase — and fewer prone to get crushed.
It’s nonetheless one thing of a proof-of-concept, however his eventual objective is to promote these circumstances (you’ll need to carry your individual innards) to other people who need one thing a bit extra moveable.
However actually, Nintendo: folks need this. If you happen to don’t make it, another person will.