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A New Kind of Computer has Revolutionary Ambitions

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Peter Bailey

Freelance Wordpress Developer in London (peabay.xyz) @peabay
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Finnish Technologist Kristoffer Lawson has launched a new kind of computer to fix a broken software industry he says has hurt developers.

Solu is a beautiful pocket-sized computer crafted from real wood which can be used as a stand alone, portable device or, when connected to a monitor, a full blown desktop computer.

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Kristoffer explains that developers have been forced into a situation where they have a choice of either focusing their attention on enterprise clients or charging pennies to the general public. According to Forbes the average app developer can expect only a dismal few thousand. Earning a living as an independent app developer has become needlessly difficult.

Solu will operate under a subscription model and give the user access to all apps and will be around $19 (£12) per month. Working with a handful of development houses the hope is to include a set of high quality tools, and as a stopgap Android apps will be made available on the platform too.

Much like Chromebooks, Solu is a cloud computer, meaning all data is stored remotely. There is no downtime while you wait for the operating system to update because it’s all done for you without you knowing.

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The operating system is an exciting concept. Traditional task bars and windows have been done away with and replaced with an intuitive interface inspired by the workings of the brain. Simply zoom into a document to start working on it. Group these nodes into areas for individual projects, work or play.

The 1440 x 1440, 450ppi square screen will also be unfamiliar to most but certainly useable. When connected to a monitor it switches from the operating system view to a trackpad.

Could this be a bit too much for the average consumer? Maybe. But it’s definitely interested us.

Solu is seeking €200,000 on Kickstarter with early birds getting one for €299 (RRP €449).

Posted 15th Oct 2015
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