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Headless Ghost HDMI Display Emulator Spooks GPUs Awake

by Lambert Varias
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Despite its creepy name, Dev Joshi’s invention isn’t a Halloween prop. The Headless Ghost is a niche peripheral that tricks a computer into thinking that a display is plugged into it. It’s for people who remotely connect into headless machines, i.e. computers without displays. Oftentimes, when you connect to a headless machine, you’re limited to a low resolution view. The Headless Ghost lets you get around that.

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Headless Ghost plugs into HDMI ports, but you can easily make it work with other video inputs using adapters. It can pretend to have one of 21 resolutions, from 800×600 to 4096×2160.

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Aside from checking in on servers, Dev says the Headless Ghost can be used in a variety of purposes, because oftentimes computers deactivate their GPUs if they don’t detect a display.

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Thus, the Headless Ghost lets you run software that require or benefit from a running GPU, such as cryptocurrency mining software.

Put your browser costume on and pledge at least £10 (~$16 USD) on Kickstarter to get a Headless Ghost as a reward. At the end of the fundraiser, Dev will release the emulator’s design files on its official website.

[via Kicktraq]



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