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Cosmo Communicator is a pocketable clamshell smartphone with a physical backlit keyboard Device features dual colour touchscreen displays and a 24MP camera External 2" touchscreen when device is closed and large 6" touchscreen when device is open - ample space to create on the move.
Cosmo runs Android 9 (Pie) and also supports Linux OS, such as Sailfish OS and Debian, with a multi-boot option
Built to be the only device you need to carry, and small enough to fit in your pocket, it’s a true all-in-one replacement for both your mobile phone and your laptop.
Slashgear "This is just the latest and greatest of the machines the company’s made to fill the gaps between smartphone and laptop“
ZD NET "Tiny Android, Linux laptop: Cosmo Communicator is also dual-screen phone”
The Verge “tiny Android laptop …doubles as a phone”
The Register "Planet brought the clamshell QWERTY back to the market 17 years after Psion made its last PDA”
Engadget “intended to serve as a phone, not just a pocketable productivity machine”
Liliputing “… use as a smartphone replacement rather than a smartphone companion”
Engadget Japan “レトロフューチャーなデザインに最新機能山盛りのGemini PDA後継機”
The Planet Story continues...
At Planet Computers innovation is at the heart of our company. Earlier this year, we successfully delivered our Gemini PDA product to more than 7000 Indiegogo backers who supported our mission to kick start a new mobile computing revolution.
Now, we are ready to push our vision even further and you can be part of it.
In the process of developing our new device we asked our Indiegogo backers, users and followers what features they wanted to have.
We are excited to announce that we are extending the range of Planet devices with the Cosmo Communicator, our new flagship device.
The Cosmo Communicator is a modern dual-screen clamshell-based mobile communicator with an integrated keyboard. It is built to be a great pocket computer, a superb mobile phone and an excellent high resolution camera.
The Cosmo features dual colour displays: it features an external colour touchscreen display for easy phone call control and notifications. Tucked away inside the beautiful and sleek award winning clamshell design is an ultra-wide 6” colour touchscreen display providing ample space to create on the move with a fully functioning keyboard integrated into the device. When open, the innovative clamshell also acts as a support of the device, allowing you to type comfortably.
Cosmo’s newly designed backlit keyboard, allows you to comfortably work at night or in dark spaces such as on long plane journeys without the need of external lighting.
Disclaimer; I own the Gemini, their previous communicator.
Yes, the keyboard works and you can write on it at a decent speed.
Unfortunately, on the Gemini, Libreoffice on Debian really lags... like my painting...
(Yeah, struggling to catch up.)
They're promising a faster CPU with more cores on the Cosmo, but so far I don't know how much faster.
MUltiboot OS is possible (I have Debian as default, Android as second and Sailfish as the third on my Gemini), but currently it requires a fiddly process where you download OS images, erase the internal storage on the device, then use a PC SW package to flash it with the images. And multibooted devices don't support the usual Android update system.
(I expect the process will be improved later)
I'm currently undecided and have about a week left to decide...
The Gemini is designed by the people who designed the keyboard for the Psion S3 and S5 range of PDAs in the 90s.
Gemini is an ultra-thin clamshell mobile device with fully integrated tactile QWERTY keyboard, that fits in your pocket. Designed for Android, it also features a dual boot Linux option. Gemini is fully equipped with 4G, WiFi & Bluetooth enabling both data communications and mobile phone calls.
â€¢Gemini is an integrated keyboard mobile device that fits in your pocket
â€¢It features an ultra-thin metal clamshell design with a fully integrated QWERTY keyboard
â€¢Designed for Android, it also features a dual boot Linux option
â€¢4G & WiFi and WiFi only models are available - enabling both data communications and mobile phone calls
â€¢The large ultra-wide touchscreen and double-sized battery provide optimal usability and portability
The battery is replaceable...
What is it?
Our first Libre Computer Board, code name Le Potato, is designed as a drop in hardware replacement for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and offers faster performance, more memory, lower power, higher IO throughput, 4K capabilities, open market components, improved media acceleration, removal of the vendor locked-in interfaces, and Android 7.1 support. This platform uses the latest technologies and is built upon proven long term available chips. It is supported by upstream Linux and has a downstream development package based on Linux 4.9 LTS that offers ready-to-go 4K media decoding, 3D acceleration, and more.
It can be used to tinker with electronics, teach programming, build media centers, create digital signage solutions, play retro games, establish bi-directional video, and unlock imaginations. It is available in 1GB and 2GB configurations while utilizing a large existing collaborative ecosystem of parts for creators to build new and exciting products and services.
Why is this project important?
We coined the term "extensible embedded computing space" or EECS (or Electrical Engineering Computer Science?) to describe a market that is under-developed in proportion to its size and age. Professionals, enthusiasts, educators, students, and hobbyists have been creating alternative world-changing ideas utilizing inexpensive extensible computing infrastructure.
We want this computing infrastructure to be open so that anyone can turn an idea into a product or service. We feel that the traditional barriers to entry for hardware and software, both in terms of cost and time, should be de-duplicated and scaled. We created this initiative called the Libre Computer Project to further this scalability via promoting and funding open hardware and software libre.
They've passed the $25K funding goal (currently at $28K) with 3 days still to go.
Yeah, I'm a backer.
This is another of the PCs for an enjoyable mashup of White Wolf's World of Darkness (Vampire the Masquerade, second edition, Werewolf the APocalypse etc.) and Exalted (second edition). This one is an androgynous, or perhaps genderfluid would be a better description, Alchemical, a sort of human-cyborg prototype Exalted made by Autochthon, architect of the world.
The Adamant caste are sort of the policemen-secret agent-ninjas of the Alchemicals, making sure society runs smoothly in their mechanized cities. This one is sort of lost, as the Creation of Exalted has morphed into the World of Darkness and Autochthon is nowhere to be found, although things with his name which are not him, echoes perhaps, linger.
Anyhow, that's all backstory. The figure is Patrick Keith's enigmatic Numemera Jack, Reaper 62102.
There is a WIP thread here.
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