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Thomas Crain 2016-09-09
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Europe's biggest consumer tech company is back and wants you to wear it

Interview Yesterday TomTom announced seven new consumer products eight if you count the two SatNav units with four fitness and three navigation products, its highest High Street profile for some years.

Tech pundits were preparing the last rites for the SatNav pioneer a few years ago, but it has proved to be resilient.

And as others fell away, TomTom is now biggest, and arguably the only consumer tech company Europe has left to boast about – while its industrial and commercial units continue to tick along.

As co-founder Corrinne Vigreux reminded us yesterday:

We are the last European consumer electronics manufacturer with a global brand.

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James Williams 2017-02-28

New Psion Gemini 2017 specs, features, release date and price – we go up close and get a first look at the Gemini, aka the 'new Psion', a PDA designed to be fit for 2017 and one of MWC's most unexpected reveals.

Here's what you need to know about the latest Indiegogo darling.

It has been a positively retro-tastic MWC 2017, with the new Nokia 3310 arguably stealing the show from big hitters like the LG G6 and the Huawei P10.

Yet in the end, there was an even bigger surprise in store for us nostalgic types in Barcelona.

At MWC's 4YFN start-up showcase, London-based Planet Computers debuted a prototype of its new Gemini PDA, a metal clamshell device that combines a 5.7-inch touchscreen display with an integrated QWERTY keyboard – and dual-boots Android and Linux for good measure.

In and of itself, that might not be much to write home about, but the Gemini boasts a serious USP in that it has been co-designed by Psion Series 3 and Series 5 architect Martin Riddiford.

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John Feeney 2018-01-08
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UK startup Planet Computers wants to bring the physical keyboard back to the mobile device with the Gemini

Planet Computers is hoping to resurrect the PDA with the Gemini – a keyboard-based mobile device that owes much of its functionality and design to the Psion organiser.

The Gemini was shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and is touted as the ideal productivity device for those unconvinced by modern touch screen form factors.

The London-based mobile device startup says touchscreen keyboards can take up as much as half the readable display, making it difficult to edit documents or properly deal with email.

It adds that the Gemini’s tactile keyboard and clamshell design alleviate this problem without sacrificing portability.

The 400g Android device has a 5.7-inch display, a 10-core 2.6GHz MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be supplemented through a MicroSD card slot.

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Mark Alexander 2017-02-24
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The AA-powered, pocket-sized touch daddy

The Psion Series 5 has stormed a Reg poll of technologies readers would most like revived.

The ground-breaking personal digital assistant PDA pulled in a record 1,199 votes to land first place in The Reg poll: what technology is ripe for revival next?

Second by a long way was the Sony Walkman Stereo Cassette player, with 672 votes, and in third place was Atari s 2600 console – which succeeded in turning 1970s youf arcade game culture into a wholesome front-room experience.

The Series 5 benefited from 10 years of development on organisers from plucky British tech firm Psion, which started life building software with Sinclair Research.

With the Series 5, Psion managed the successful combination of hardware and software.

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Michael Marcano 2017-02-28
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MWC Bill Clinton was still US President when the last pocket computer that you could touch type on came out.

Back then, almost everyone accessed the internet at home on a dialup modem, not broadband, and no phone yet sported a colour screen or a camera.

Psion’s computers were no more obtrusive than a specs case, fitting nicely into a jacket pocket, but people wrote books and even PhD theses on them.

Attempts to revive the Psion-style computer – including a relatively recent effort by Psion founder Sir David Potter himself – came to naught.

We could only see one of these today, the hinge, as the new 21st-century keyboard wasn’t on the only demo unit.

The unit did show us how the hinge performs and an idea of its shape, size and weight.

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Earl Ledet 2018-04-11
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And I’ve also managed to get Linux installed.

The Gemini, for those yet to be introduced to it, was the result of a very successful Indiegogo funding campaign and became generally available in February of this year.

This device is the full-fat 4G incarnation and, once the back is open, popping in a SIM is straightforward enough.

Getting the back open presents some difficulties and feels a little fiddly.

Certainly, I was concerned that my fat fingers might be about to snap off some vital clips, but once off the removable 4220mAh battery is visible along with the necessary slots.

The back of the screen contains a row of coloured LEDs, which can be configured to play a variety of patterns and I spent more time than was strictly necessary pretending that the Gemini was an offshoot of Knight Rider's KITT.

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Stephen Martinez 2017-02-27
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Psion, was a lion, in iron Reg readers called it

Exclusive The original Psion designers have returned to put the classic British pocket computer in a modern body.

Martin Riddiford, the designer of the Psion Series 3 and Series 5 keyboards, and co-founder of Therefore, has come up with an entirely new design for the 21st Century.

Therefore co-founder Jim Fullalove explained to us: It s a modern 64GB smartphone feature set, but with a beautiful new full travel compressible keyboard from Martin.

The keyboard compresses under a magnetic spring force.

A new venture backed called Planet Computing is behind the new device, led by Dr Janko Mrsic-Flogel, a well known software author in the Sinclair era, and backed by Therefore, amongst others.

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Thomas Crain 2016-09-09
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Europe's biggest consumer tech company is back and wants you to wear it

Interview Yesterday TomTom announced seven new consumer products eight if you count the two SatNav units with four fitness and three navigation products, its highest High Street profile for some years.

Tech pundits were preparing the last rites for the SatNav pioneer a few years ago, but it has proved to be resilient.

And as others fell away, TomTom is now biggest, and arguably the only consumer tech company Europe has left to boast about – while its industrial and commercial units continue to tick along.

As co-founder Corrinne Vigreux reminded us yesterday:

We are the last European consumer electronics manufacturer with a global brand.

John Feeney 2018-01-08
img

UK startup Planet Computers wants to bring the physical keyboard back to the mobile device with the Gemini

Planet Computers is hoping to resurrect the PDA with the Gemini – a keyboard-based mobile device that owes much of its functionality and design to the Psion organiser.

The Gemini was shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and is touted as the ideal productivity device for those unconvinced by modern touch screen form factors.

The London-based mobile device startup says touchscreen keyboards can take up as much as half the readable display, making it difficult to edit documents or properly deal with email.

It adds that the Gemini’s tactile keyboard and clamshell design alleviate this problem without sacrificing portability.

The 400g Android device has a 5.7-inch display, a 10-core 2.6GHz MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be supplemented through a MicroSD card slot.

Michael Marcano 2017-02-28
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MWC Bill Clinton was still US President when the last pocket computer that you could touch type on came out.

Back then, almost everyone accessed the internet at home on a dialup modem, not broadband, and no phone yet sported a colour screen or a camera.

Psion’s computers were no more obtrusive than a specs case, fitting nicely into a jacket pocket, but people wrote books and even PhD theses on them.

Attempts to revive the Psion-style computer – including a relatively recent effort by Psion founder Sir David Potter himself – came to naught.

We could only see one of these today, the hinge, as the new 21st-century keyboard wasn’t on the only demo unit.

The unit did show us how the hinge performs and an idea of its shape, size and weight.

Stephen Martinez 2017-02-27
img

Psion, was a lion, in iron Reg readers called it

Exclusive The original Psion designers have returned to put the classic British pocket computer in a modern body.

Martin Riddiford, the designer of the Psion Series 3 and Series 5 keyboards, and co-founder of Therefore, has come up with an entirely new design for the 21st Century.

Therefore co-founder Jim Fullalove explained to us: It s a modern 64GB smartphone feature set, but with a beautiful new full travel compressible keyboard from Martin.

The keyboard compresses under a magnetic spring force.

A new venture backed called Planet Computing is behind the new device, led by Dr Janko Mrsic-Flogel, a well known software author in the Sinclair era, and backed by Therefore, amongst others.

James Williams 2017-02-28

New Psion Gemini 2017 specs, features, release date and price – we go up close and get a first look at the Gemini, aka the 'new Psion', a PDA designed to be fit for 2017 and one of MWC's most unexpected reveals.

Here's what you need to know about the latest Indiegogo darling.

It has been a positively retro-tastic MWC 2017, with the new Nokia 3310 arguably stealing the show from big hitters like the LG G6 and the Huawei P10.

Yet in the end, there was an even bigger surprise in store for us nostalgic types in Barcelona.

At MWC's 4YFN start-up showcase, London-based Planet Computers debuted a prototype of its new Gemini PDA, a metal clamshell device that combines a 5.7-inch touchscreen display with an integrated QWERTY keyboard – and dual-boots Android and Linux for good measure.

In and of itself, that might not be much to write home about, but the Gemini boasts a serious USP in that it has been co-designed by Psion Series 3 and Series 5 architect Martin Riddiford.

Mark Alexander 2017-02-24
img

The AA-powered, pocket-sized touch daddy

The Psion Series 5 has stormed a Reg poll of technologies readers would most like revived.

The ground-breaking personal digital assistant PDA pulled in a record 1,199 votes to land first place in The Reg poll: what technology is ripe for revival next?

Second by a long way was the Sony Walkman Stereo Cassette player, with 672 votes, and in third place was Atari s 2600 console – which succeeded in turning 1970s youf arcade game culture into a wholesome front-room experience.

The Series 5 benefited from 10 years of development on organisers from plucky British tech firm Psion, which started life building software with Sinclair Research.

With the Series 5, Psion managed the successful combination of hardware and software.

Earl Ledet 2018-04-11
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And I’ve also managed to get Linux installed.

The Gemini, for those yet to be introduced to it, was the result of a very successful Indiegogo funding campaign and became generally available in February of this year.

This device is the full-fat 4G incarnation and, once the back is open, popping in a SIM is straightforward enough.

Getting the back open presents some difficulties and feels a little fiddly.

Certainly, I was concerned that my fat fingers might be about to snap off some vital clips, but once off the removable 4220mAh battery is visible along with the necessary slots.

The back of the screen contains a row of coloured LEDs, which can be configured to play a variety of patterns and I spent more time than was strictly necessary pretending that the Gemini was an offshoot of Knight Rider's KITT.