About this project
We are building Solu because we are inspired by the idea that humans should not be in the service of computers.
We love the complexity and power of computers, but have seen our friends and family struggling, and sometimes failing, as they attempt to learn how to do something with their computing devices today.
We are building Solu for them.
Solu is rethinking how people interact with computers.
Solu is an advanced cloud-linked computer. You will never again need to worry about your hard drive, file backups or software installations – Solu does it for you. Yet, Solu also works offline, synchronizing your data as soon as you’re connected to the Internet.
For a year now, we have been working with a selected group of partners to bring Solu from a collection of ideas and sketches to a fully functioning product: the world’s first cloud-linked computer.
SoluCloud will store your data, device status and application settings automatically, without you having to spend a minute managing it.
The virtually unlimited storage of SoluCloud combined with SoluOS ensure that the data and tools you need are always available and cached on the device for easy access – even when you are offline.
Cloud integration means that your Solu is always backed up. If you lose it or break it, just turn on your new Solu, log into your account and continue where you left off.
Beautiful Design, Inside and Out
Solu is a pocket-sized computer that works as a stand-alone portable device. Alternatively, it can be connected to a screen and keyboard for a full desktop experience.
The physical device was designed to have a minimalistic, organic look that matches the form and function of its intuitive UI. Instead of cold metal or cheap plastic, we carved part of the device from real wood that is warm to touch and develops character over time.
Used as a pocket computer, Solu has its own edge-to-edge touch screen with a zoomable interface, incredible accuracy and amazing contrast. Its built-in battery allows the device to be used on the go. Once connected to an external monitor with the elegant USB type C port, Solu’s screen transforms into a smart touchpad with context-specific controls.
Collaborative by default
People no longer work alone or as cogs in the machine; they work together. SoluOS is designed to support the modern way of working, where people are often editing the same document at the same time.
SoluOS is collaborative by nature. Document sharing and discussions are at the very core of its OS, available to you across projects and documents. Even when you are working offline, Solu will automatically synchronize your changes the moment you come online.
Native apps and tools track all the changes you make in your documents. Whether you are working on something alone or with a group, you’ll always have access to the complete history.
When you share something, you’re not just sharing the document. You’re also sharing the application used to edit that document, which means that your collaborators can start working as soon as they open it.
Disrupting the software industry
The software industry is broken, and we have the means to fix it. Up until now, developers have been forced to charge substantial fees from a handful of clients or resort to getting pennies from individual users. Solu replaces this outdated business model by charging all users a small monthly fee.
For a fixed monthly fee of $20, you get all the storage and apps you need, without annoying in-app purchases, freemium options or advertisements. We are also helping developers to make a living out of their apps by sharing a fair portion of the monthly fee with them.
Developer rewards are allocated based on exact user data. Our algorithm takes various factors into account: the number of users, the frequency of use, the length of each use and its overall usefulness.
We are working with a number of development houses to bring their collaborative tools to Solu, but we also support legacy Android apps.
Made in FinlandFinland is best known for its technological innovation. It is the country that led the mobile revolution, where Linux was created and where databases were refined with MySQL. It is the home to some of the world’s leading gaming companies including Rovio and Supercell.
Solu was created in that environment. It was inspired by the nature and skills of the Nordic people. Not only was Solu invented in Finland but it is also designed, built, tested and packaged there.
What the Media is saying about us
“This is one we’ll be keeping an eye on.” -The Gadget Show (Channel 5)
"Solu’s interface is striking. It completely eschews the mathematical information architecture of Windows and OS X” -The Guardian
"If you’ve grown weary of following the Apple herd and fancy a change in computing experience, the Solu Social Computer is funding over on Kickstarter and, from what we’ve seen at Coolector HQ, it very much looks as though it could be a winner.” -The Coolector
Solu is not merely a company it's a team of a dozen people, driven by a common goal. You can learn more about us on our web site.
Our core values and beliefs are he driving force behind everything we do:
We subscribe to and believe in innovation through every level of Solu and its activities.
• We strive for excellence and have pride in what we do.
• We are different.
• Results and attitude is more important than facetime.
• We embrace failure, it's a step on the path to success
• Independence creates motivation.
• We want experimentation and exploration to be goals in and of themselves.
• Just as our product, we are modular: responsibility is shared and P2P is our core.
• We will have fun.
• We appreciate the ethics of true hacker culture.
Most importantly, we are not a conventional company. We are an enterprise, a crew of individuals who work together all aiming in the same direction. We are not a slogan, a document, or a logo. We are a team of organized people striving to be happy at work. We do that by creating things that make us and our loved ones proud.
Solu as an organization subscribes to the triple bottom line: people, planet and proﬁt. While we need proﬁt in order to survive, grow and give back, the greater objective of Solu is to be an enterprise which looks after its people, its community, and the environment. We are proud of Solu and we hope that you are too.
- Screen - 1440 x 1440, 450ppi, with an edge-to-edge touch
- External display - support for up to 4K monitors
- Processor - 2.3GHz NVIDIA 4-Plus-1™ quad-core ARM® Cortex™-A15 CPU™
- Graphics - NVIDIA Kepler™ GPU with 192 NVIDIA CUDA® cores
- RAM - 4GB LPDDR3
- Cache capacity - 32GB
- Connectivity - Dual-band 2x2 MIMO WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, and USB Type C
- Battery - 1200mAh
- Dimensions - 102mm (4.02in) x 102mm (4.02in) x 13mm (0.512in)
- Operating System - SoluOS
Risks and challenges
A project of this magnitude always contains risks. There are naturally areas of the software, in particular, which are still under development, and others which currently lack polish. Members of the Solu team have, however, delivered multiple hardware and software projects for a variety of companies ranging from large enterprises to startups. The progress of Solu has been extremely swift.
To minimize delays in delivery, we have completed a lion’s share of the work before launching our campaign on Kickstarter. We have been developing and testing the software for almost a year. We have built a number series of prototypes for the hardware, and have partnered with established hardware engineers to build the device. We have signed a contract with our manufacturing partner, and placed orders for several of the parts with long lead times.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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