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Solu is the world's smallest computer with a cloud-linked OS, a revolutionary human-machine interface and a unique subscription model.
Solu is the world's smallest computer with a cloud-linked OS, a revolutionary human-machine interface and a unique subscription model.
Solu is the world's smallest computer with a cloud-linked OS, a revolutionary human-machine interface and a unique subscription model.
609 backers pledged €219,543 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Cloud technologies have revolutionized the computing industry – we now use cloud for everything. Solu introduces the first cloud-linked operating system, where all your data is stored in SoluCloud that is protected with convergent encryption on the device itself.

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 Finland

Finland 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

Our Values

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.

Welcome home!

The rewards

Technical Specifications:

  • 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

Timetable

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.

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    Pledge €299 or more About $341

    EARLY BIRD SOLU
    For the fastest fingers, a Solu, with charger. Includes a 6 month subscription. Regular retail price will be €449.

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    Pledge €349 or more About $398

    KICKSTARTER SOLU
    A Solu and charger. Includes a 3 month subscription. Regular retail price will be €449.

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    Pledge €489 or more About $557

    KICKSTARTER SOLU + EXCLUSIVE KEYBOARD
    A Solu and charger. Includes a 3 month subscription. Regular retail
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    Plus an exclusive Solu keyboard in your choice of wood

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    Pledge €689 or more About $785

    DOUBLE SOLU
    Two Solu’s (so you can share with a friend, or connect one to a TV and use the other as a remote). With 2 chargers and a 3 month subscription for each Solu.

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    Pledge €749 or more About $853

    FIRST DELIVERY OFFER
    A true limited edition numbered version, manufactured and delivered before any other Solus, with early edition software for you to use and build on, before anyone else in the world.
    Includes Solu, charger and 6 months subscription

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    Pledge €899 or more About $1,024

    FIRST DELIVERY + EXCLUSIVE KEYBOARD A true limited edition numbered version, manufactured and delivered before any other Solus, with early edition software for you to use and build on, before anyone else in the world.
    Includes Solu, charger and 6 months subscription

    This one includes the exclusive Solu keyboard in your choice of wood

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    Pledge €2,000 or more About $2,278

    A 6-PACK OF SOLUS
    Get enough got the whole office, or just because.
    6 Solu's, each with it's own charger and 3 month subscription.

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    Pledge €7,000 or more About $7,973

    COLLECT YOUR SOLU IN PERSON
    We will fly you to come and meet the people behind Solu and see where the magic is created. You will also recieve your personal Solu and to top it all off you can experience the beautiful Finnish countryside. This reward includes one economy return, accommodation for the duration of the visit and a Solu with 12 months of subscription

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Funding period

- (30 days)