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Gemini PDA Android & Linux keyboard mobile device

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Planet Computers
Total funds raised$1,108,563 USD

284% funded on April 9, 2017

Gemini PDA Android & Linux keyboard mobile device

Bringing the keyboard personal digital assistant into the 21st century. Type and create on the move!
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.

Features:

  • Two weeks of stand-by time / 12 hours of talk time (TBC)
  • Fully tactile keyboard – recognised as the smallest keyboard for finger touch typing
  • Measure: 17.14 cm x 7.93 cm x 1.51 cm
  • 5.99” colour hi-res ultra-wide touch screen
  • Wifi & WiFi+4G mobile options
  • Weight: 320 g
  • Dual side mounted speakers
  • Dual USB-C connectors to connect to keyboards, external screens, mice, charging cables as needed and many more.
  • Integrated Voice Assist button
  • SD card slot (covered)

Summary

At Planet Computers, we are passionate about typing, writing, being productive and creating on the go.

Since the introduction of touchscreen mobile phones and tablets, we felt that it is very difficult to type on these types of devices. On-screen keyboards often take up more than half the readable screen. We want to get back to typing on a fully tactile keyboard whilst being able to view the entire screen. All this on a device no larger than most modern mobile phones.

We decided to re-invent the palm-sized keyboard mobile device that will benefit many, who we think are missing using the keyboard on the move. From bloggers and creatives that need to constantly write, to professionals who need to read and write e-mail, create and edit documents and spreadsheets.

Gemini is a modern clam-shell based mobile device with a fully integrated palm-sized keyboard.

To ensure Gemini has the lineage and continuity of the clamshell PDA designs, and to have the best mobile keyboard design on the market, we partnered up with Martin Riddiford and his London-based product design consultancy, Therefore, who were instrumental in the design of the Psion PDAs of the 1990s. In terms of software we partnered up with Private Planet, a leading supplier of applications and personal cloud solutions for mobile operators such as T-Mobile and Etisalat. The Planet Computers team each has over 20 years experience of software and hardware delivery.

The result of our work with Therefore is a beautiful piece of design, befitting the device we want to create. The hardware is based on a leading reference design based on a 10-core state-of-the-art mobile processor.

Gemini features a sleek metal clamshell design that is perfectly balanced for typing when open and beautifully tucks away the palm-sized QWERTY keyboard and screen when closed. It fits into a pocket, roughly the same size as most of today’s mobile phones. When open, the innovative clamshell also acts as a support of the device. The ultra-wide 5.99″ hi-res screen provides ample space for creating on the go. The fully tactile keyboard is recognised as the world’s best yet smallest full-sized keyboard for finger touch typing.

We plan to have two versions of Gemini: one model with WiFi only; and the other fully equipped with WiFi and 4G mobile communications.

Technical Specifications:

Gemini PDA (Wifi Only) Gemini PDA (Wifi + 4G)
Network: WIFI 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
GSM

CDMA

850/900/1800/1900MHz

850/1900 MHz BC0 BC1+ EVDO

WCDMA 900/2100MHz
LTE 1/2/3/4/5/7/12/17/20/41
VoLTE Compatible
Body: Form Factor Wide clamshell Wide clamshell
Dimensions 17.14(W) x 7.93cm(D) x 1.51(H)cm 17.14(W) x 7.93cm(D) x 1.51(H)cm
Weight Approx 320g Approx 320g
SIM SIM slot + eSIM (ready)
Display: Type FHD (18:9) FHD (18:9)
Size 5.99inch 5.99inch
Resolution 2160×1080, 403ppi 2160×1080, 403 ppi
Multi Touch Yes Yes
Protection Scratch resistant glass Scratch resistant glass
Platform: OS Android OS, Linux OS (dual-boot) Android OS, Linux OS (dual-boot)
Chipset Deca Core Deca Core
CPU 2x Cortex A72 @2.6GHz
4x Cortex A53 @2.0GHz
4x Cortex A53 @1.6GHz
2x Cortex A72 @2.6GHz
4x Cortex A53 @2.0GHz
4x Cortex A53 @1.6GHz
GPU ARM Mali 875MHz ARM Mali 875MHz
Memory: RAM

Card Slot

4 GB

microSD

4 GB

microSD

Internal 64 GB 64 GB
Camera: Front Camera 5Mp 5Mp
Sound: Speakers Stereo Speakers Stereo Speakers
Microphone Integrated ambient Microphone Integrated ambient Microphone
3.5mm Jack Yes Yes
Comms: WLAN Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0
GPS Yes, with AGPS Yes, with AGPS
NFC
USB 2x USB Type C, OTG support 2x USB Type C, OTG support
Features: Keyboard Mechanical full keyboard Mechanical full keyboard
Voice Assistance Dedicated button for voice commands Dedicated button for voice commands
Sensors Accelerometer, compass, light sensor, gyro, magneto-sensor Accelerometer, compass, light sensor, gyro, magneto-sensor
Fingerprint
Battery: Li-Ion 4220mAh battery Li-Ion 4220mAh battery
Misc: Colour Metal, Gold-plated (limited edition) Metal, Gold-plated (limited edition)

 

Software:

Gemini is powered by the latest Android OS, supporting all your favourite applications. A number of key applications will also be optimised for the landscape screen and physical keyboard.

Gemini will also support Linux as a secondary boot option which provides Linux users with the rich set of Open Source applications.

The software also supports voice recognition using the integrated Voice Assist smart button located on the right hand side of Gemini. You can interact with Gemini using voice commands, even when it is closed in your pocket.

 

What We Need & What You Get

We are proud of what we have created to date but need your help to push it over the line. By supporting us, you will be part of re-inventing the PDA product category, which we feel is so lacking in the market at present. We would love you to join us on our journey to bring the product to life.

We aim to raise $200,000 through our crowd funding campaign. We have a fully functioning physical model of the device and have identified the mobile hardware platform that is based on the Mediatek Helio X27 processor and the Mali GPU.

Funds raised will go directly to funding the final design phases, manufacturing of the units ordered through the crowd fund, and development of the full software stack.

As early backers, we were keen to reward you with some unique perks. All Gemini units claimed as perks will have at least $200 off the planned retail price. First deliveries now start in January 2018 – only to Gemini backers.

 

The Impact

We want to change the way you work and play, liberating you from the need to take laptops with you, whilst still giving you an environment in which you can create on a tactile keyboard. Its computing for the creators, rather than consumers. Whether you owned a PDA in the 90’s or require a real keyboard integrated into your mobile device for extensive typing, Gemini is the device for you.

The team behind this campaign and Planet Computers has been involved in successfully delivering 5 funded crowdfunding campaigns. We have expertise in bringing both consumer electronics, hardware and software to market.

 

Risks & Challenges

At present, we have a fully functioning physical model of the device. We have identified a number of suppliers of off-the-shelf components including the ultra-wide displays and the PCBs. By working with these providers, we plan to significantly de-risk the process of bringing Gemini to market allowing us to focus on the plastic parts and metalworks (including hinge) of the Gemini body and the software stack of the device. We plan to manufacture the keyboard component ourselves.

We are currently identifying manufacturing and assembly partners hoping to be able to assemble Gemini in the UK. If however, this were to prove un-economical in light of the pricing we have set for our product in this crowd-fund, we might have to manufacture the device elsewhere.

Our team has experience of delivering both software and hardware. Our aim is to have the product available for shipping to the first backers of our campaign in January 2018. We know this is an ambitious target but one which we truly believe is achievable. As such we will be providing our backers with regular updates on Gemini’s progress.

 

Other Ways You Can Help

We would love you to join the Gemini movement. We have set out a wide variety of ways for you, as backer, to help us. Any support, however great or small, is kindly received. As any startup, we will have our hands full trying to get this product to market, and we are super excited about it.

Helping spread the word on social media or telling colleagues or friends about our campaign would be like having fairy dust sprinkled on us! If you have any suggestions of ways you think you can help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by email (hello@planetcom.co.uk) or social media. We would love to hear from you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What keyboard layouts does the keyboard support?
The keyboard layouts that we plan to support as part of the crowd fund are: English (UK/US), French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese and Dvorak. For any other languages, please contact us.

What Linux distribution will Gemini run?
We are currently talking to a few companies representing different Linux flavours and we are considering a number of options but the decision has not been taken yet. We are also taking into accounts comments from the backers into consideration, including Sailfish & Ubuntu OS, which have been suggested several times.

SELECT A PERK
$399
USD
+ Shipping
The Gemini PDA (WiFi + 4G)

The Gemini PDA keyboard mobile device with WiFi and 4G connectivity. $200 off the final retail price exclusively for our Indiegogo backers. You will get your unit from our first production run. No units will be available for general release until you receive your Gemini.

Items included:

  • Gemini PDA WiFi+4G
  • Gemini Power Supply Cable

Estimated delivery

December 2017
675 out of 5000 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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$25
USD
+ Shipping
Support with Style

Show off your support with this stylish Planet Computers’ T-shirt designed by Martin Riddiford. Please choose your T-shirt size when ordering. Your name will also be included on the Planet Computers’ Gemini Backers page.

Items included:

  • Gemini Backers T-shirt

Estimated delivery

November 2017
12 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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$49
USD
$60 (18% Off)
External Camera Add-on

A 5 megapixel external Gemini camera module plus a new front metal cover with camera aperture for your Gemini. The camera module is easy to fit to your existing Gemini device. Note: This perk is for existing Gemini WiFi and Gemini 4G+WiFi backers only. This external camera feature was a request by many backers.

Items included:

  • Gemini External Camera Kit

Estimated delivery

March 2018
214 out of 3000 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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$50
USD
+ Shipping
Gemini Leather Pouch

We have designed a super-luxurious, real leather, protective pouch for your Gemini PDA. Seamlessly slide Gemini in and out of the pouch, yet protect it when not in use.

Items included:

  • Gemini Leather Pouch

Estimated delivery

November 2017
115 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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$75
USD
+ Shipping
Gemini Connectivity Pack

The perfect connectivity companion pack for your Gemini, allowing you to connect your Gemini to screens, keyboards, SD cards, and other USB peripherals, plus a mains charger and video cable.

Items included:

  • Gemini USB-C Hub
  • Gemini HDMI Video Cable
  • Gemini USB-C Mains Charger

Estimated delivery

November 2017
78 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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$100
USD
$150 (33% Off)
Gemini WiFi to 4G Upgrade

This perk allows existing Gemini WiFi only backers to upgrade to the Gemini 4G+WiFi perk. The perk price is the difference between the Gemini WiFi only and Gemini 4G+WiFi perk prices. No additional shipping charge. Note: This perk is for existing Indiegogo Gemini WiFi only backers.

Items included:

  • Upgrade from Gemini WiFi to 4G

Estimated delivery

January 2018
31 claimed
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$111
USD
$161 (31% Off)
Gemini All-In Upgrade

Note: This perk is for existing backers of Gemini 4G only. By backing this perk, your Gemini 4G perk will be upgraded to include the Gemini Connectivity Kit and the Gemini Leather Sleeve. By adding this perk to your existing Gemini 4G backing, you will have the Gemini ‚All-In’ bundle.

Items included:

  • Gemini ‚All-In’ Upgrade

Estimated delivery

January 2018
41 claimed
GET THIS PERK
$299
USD
+ Shipping
The Gemini PDA (WiFi only)

The Gemini PDA with WiFi connectivity only. $200 off the final retail price exclusively for our Indiegogo backers. You will get your unit from our first production run. No units will be available for general release until you receive your Gemini.

Items included:

  • Gemini PDA WiFi only
  • Gemini Power Supply Cable

Estimated delivery

December 2017
355 out of 5000 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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$510
USD
+ Shipping
The Gemini Bundle – All In

The complete Gemini PDA (WiFi + 4G) package.

Items included:

  • Gemini PDA WiFi+4G
  • Gemini Leather Pouch
  • Gemini USB-C Hub
  • Gemini Power Supply Cable
  • and 2 more items

Estimated delivery

December 2017
329 out of 5000 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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$1000
USD
+ Shipping
Gold Gemini PDA (WiFi + 4G)

The Rose-Gold/Gold-plated version of the Gemini PDA (WiFi + 4G), where the outer casing is gold plated. Limited Edition. Only 30 will be made.

Items included:

  • Gemini Leather Pouch
  • Gemini Power Supply Cable
  • Gold Gemini PDA (WiFi + 4G)

Estimated delivery

November 2017
7 out of 30 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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$1875
USD
+ Shipping
Pack of 5 Gemini PDAs

Five out of Five! Get a bundle of 5 Gemini PDAs (Wifi and 4G). Perfect for small business users.

Items included:

  • Gemini PDA WiFi+4G (5)
  • Gemini Power Supply Cable (5)

Estimated delivery

December 2017
3 out of 500 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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About Planet
Planet Computers is a mobile device startup from London passionate about mobile computing and typing on the go. The core team consists of manufacturing, operations and technical programming experts with over 100 years of combined delivery experience. #geminipda #typeonthego
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