Are you tired of always having to carry around a laptop and a mobile phone on your way to and from work? Then check out Solu!
Together with the Finnish company Solu Machines, WSI has developed a cloud-based pocket-sized computer. Solu is a small computer made of wood with a 1440 x 1440 pixel resolution touchscreen at the front. Solu is powered by a NVIDIA® 4-Plus-1 with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Arm Cortex-A15 processor with NVIDIA® Kepler GPU, 4GB LPDDR3 memory and 32GB of storage capacity.
If you connect Solu to an external display then Solu’s own screen will function as a touchpad, eliminating the need for an external mouse. Furthermore Solu has its very own operating system. Solu’s OS is based on sharing and uses unique cloud technology so the user can avoid backups, worries about storage space and app installations, yet also works offline.
Solu is the Finnish word for a cell. This little pocket computer changes the way we think about what a computer should look like. Solu’s zoomable user interface gets rid of files and folders and replaces them with living cells. Organic, just like Solu’s exterior, which is made of wood.
“Solu’s wooden edges were a big challenge”, says WSI’s Chief Architect Håkan Ohlgren. Wood is a terrible material when it comes to heat dissipation.
The compact size together with the heat generated by the high performance NVIDIA® Tegra K1, was a challenge. Everything is small and tight inside the pocket computer, which made heat management difficult. The operating time when powered from a small battery, was another challenge for the little Solu.
“The idea is that you can take this computer with you wherever you go. The battery lasts approx. 5 hours and is charged when you plug in the USB cable at home or at the office”, says Håkan. The device is connected to a network using Wi-Fi. The Application download as well as FW update is managed through Wi-Fi.
During the feasibility phase – the systemization was done. The ideas from Solu were collected and compiled into measurable requirements before the actual design was done. Solu is based on the high performance NVIDIA® Tegra K1 Application Processor. Håkan Ohlgren is convinced that the Solu project is one of the main reasons for NVIDIA® selecting WSI as official design house.
What is it that makes Solu so special?
“The compact format together with the industrial design using wood as material, is very nice and as far as I know there is no similar device out there. The wooden mechanics was tested over and over again in order to find the most suitable material. Thin Wood can deform and break in varying humidity and temperature. The customer actually had a plan B in another material in case the wood could not withstand the tests. Finally a good wood material was found and selected. Solu Machines not only implemented a unique user interface, but they also developed a unique operating system based on Linux.”
For those not familiar with Solu’s world, like Håkan and the others at WSI, the project may seem impossible.
“I think you should respect technology, but you shouldn’t be afraid of it. In Solu’s case, my first thoughts were ‘this is never going to work’, but nothing is impossible. That’s in WSI’s DNA.”
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