10 YEARS BUILDING THE ECOSYSTEM

South Summit Madrid was born in 2012 as Spain Startup to boost economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. 10 years later we are proud of having built a solid ecosystem and having a referent encounter became more and more relevant in the startup world.

SOUTH SUMMIT 2022 June 8-10th | The Ship, Madrid

2022 will be our 10th anniversary. To celebrate it we are preparing the best edition to date. Connect with key players in the ecosystem, find business opportunities and meet new talent, all in one place. Are you gonna miss it?

SOUTH SUMMIT 2022 Madrid

South Summit Madrid – June 8-10

Al Gore and Pablo Isla, are among the confirmed speakers for South Summit Madrid 2022

  • The former Vice President of the United States and the CEO of INDITEX until last March will be some of the star speakers at this 10th edition of South Summit, the global meeting for entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Along with them, at the moment there are 450 confirmed speakers who will share with the attendees their successful professional career and expertise in the field of innovation and the business world.
  • South Summit 2022, powered by IE University, will be held June 8-10 at La Nave in Madrid under the theme ‘decoding complexity’.

Madrid, May 24, 2022

South Summit , co-organized by IE University , the leading meeting of the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem will be held in Madrid from June 8 to 10 . At the inauguration of this 10th edition of South Summit will be Al Gore, former vice president of the US and candidate for the elections of the North American country in 2000, and Pablo Isla , CEO and president of INDITEX until last March.

Al Gore is also known for his role as an environmental activist and for being one of the world’s leading climate change advocates , as well as being the founder of the Climate Protection Alliance and Generation Investment Management. He will be present at South Summit Madrid 2022 telematically. In this speech he will share, among other topics, how he works in the search for smart and sustainable transport solutions to reduce environmental pollution, one of his main objectives in the fight against climate change.

For his part, Pablo Isla, a renowned businessman who has spent 17 years in the Inditex group , first as executive director and vice president and, in the last 11 years, as CEO, will also participate in this 10th edition of South Summit. Following his departure from Inditex, he has become the new chairman of IE University’s International Governing Board and has also joined as global senior advisor to the General Atlantic fund.

In 2017 and 2018, Pablo Isla was considered the Best Executive Chairman in the World by Harvard Business Review. In 2020, Forbes also distinguished him as the best CEO of the decade. An expertise and professional career that will inspire South Summit attendees.

Both leaders will be at this edition of South Summit, when it celebrates 10 years as the main global meeting point for the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem . A place where entrepreneurs, investors and corporations meet to generate real business opportunities in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

An objective that will be met again in this year’s edition, which will be held again at La Nave in Madrid, where the more than 450 speakers of recognized international prestige who have confirmed their participation so far will meet. These leaders will share with the attendees their successful professional careers and expertise in the field of innovation and the business world.

Among them are Sal Khan, founder and CEO of the non-profit educational organization Khan Academy ; Marc Oshima, co-founder and CMO of AeroFarms, leaders in sustainable indoor farming; Marci Zaroff,  founder and CEO of ECOfashion Corp, a benchmark in the sustainable fashion sector; Iñigo Charola , CEO of the biotechnology company BioTechFoods , dedicated to the development of synthetic meat; and Hrish Lotikar, co-founder and CEO of SuperWorld , an augmented reality (AR) virtual world geographically mapped to the real world, among other profiles.

The great advances in technology, the speed of innovation or the great challenge of fighting climate change will be some of the central themes of the South Summit edition content program . A program that will be articulated under the motto ‘[de]coding complexity’ (decoding complexity).

The 100 finalist startups of the Startup Competition will also be present at South Summit Madrid 2022 , chosen through a rigorous selection process from more than 3,000 candidates from 114 countries. The 100 finalist startups correspond to a wide variety of sectors and have innovative and cutting-edge projects, such as a robot that automates the process of harvesting and collecting food on farms or a forest fire detection system from outer space.

For this year’s edition, South Summit is expected to generate an economic activity of around 20 million euros in the city of Madrid during its celebration , with the more than 22,000 attendees expected at this essential event for the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the overall innovation. In the last 2021 edition, all attendance and participation records were broken , with more than 1,600 investors with a portfolio of approximately 135,000 million dollars, 8,000 startups, 680 speakers and 7,000 corporate members.

The Durcal app launches a smart watch with integrated GPS for seniors with Alzheimer’s, children and adolescents

Madrid The family care app Durcal has launched its own  smart watch with integrated GPS  -mainly intended for elderly people with Alzheimer’s, children and adolescents-, which allows you to see in real time where the person wearing it is, and with a connected help button with the  Movistar Prosegur Alarmas receiving center , which the user can use in the event of an emergency situation.

Uneasiness, stress and fear are the main emotions felt when not knowing where a family member is. According to a recent study by Durcal,  86.8 percent of mothers and fathers become alert when they have not heard from their children for a long time . In this situation, for 98.5 percent of them it would be helpful to be able to know their exact location: 80.8 percent would relax and 17.8 percent would lower their level of unease.

Durcal’s new smart watch, aimed mainly at older people, with Alzheimer’s problems, children and adolescents, is part of the growing trend of using devices as a security element.

24-HOUR HELP BUTTON

The device has an integrated GPS that works both inside and outside the home -since it has an  integrated SIM- and a help button connected to the Movistar Prosegur Alarmas receiving center 24 hours a day. By pressing the button, the operator of the emergency center will contact you and you can respond from the same watch thanks to the  integrated microphone and speaker.

«We are very pleased to have a ‘partner’ like Prosegur at this stage. Having the endorsement of a company with its experience and prestige in the private security sector is a sign of trust in the Durcal watch”, says Guillem Viladomat, CEO of Durcal, who explains that the democratization of remote assistance and ease of use “These are the company’s objectives.”

Another of the main features of the watch is its  functional and minimalist design, closer to ‘smartwatches’ than to current telecare devices , which “are usually stigmatizing and segregating as they have a very medical appearance,” explains the company. In addition, the device has an integrated fall detection system and measures vital signs such as pulse and blood oxygen.

HOW TO GET IT STARTED

The watch, which can be purchased from the company’s website, does not require any type of installation. Being connected to the free Durcal ‘app’, the family member can see from their own mobile where the person who wears the device on their wrist is.

In the event of an emergency, the Movistar Prosegur Alarms head office will manage the incident and send the necessary personnel,  such as the police, ambulance or firefighters from the corresponding autonomous community.

“We want all families that need to care for a person to be able to do so ,” says Viladomat. “We don’t want any person to be left behind because they can’t access this type of device economically, usually at a high cost,” concludes the CEO of the app.

KEYSMART ULTIMATE CHARGER

KEYSMART ULTIMATE CHARGER

There’s more to portable batteries than raw capacity. The pace of charging matters nearly as much and KeySmart’s Ultimate Charger takes it seriously. Its various USB-A, USB-C, and Micro USB ports can quickly charge up to three devices at once, supporting charging output up to 65W

— ideal for laptops. Its 20,000mAh capacity can juice up a laptop once, a tablet twice, or phones up to seven times, and its sleek metal shell slips easily into laptop bags and briefcases.

Portable Laptop Charger & Power Bank
  • Fast-Charge 3 Devices At Once including a laptop with 20,000mAh battery capacity and 3 charging ports (Lighting USB, Micro-USB & Type-C
  • Rapid Recharging – Recharges in just 1.25 hrs using a USB-C cable. At full power, it can charge your laptop once, your tablet twice & your phone 7 times
  • Slim & Lightweightlike a Notebook: metal shell fits into any briefcase or laptop case. 
  • Dimensions – 6.38″ x 4.17″ x 0.57, 1.05 lbs
  • Charging Speed up to 20v-3.25A (65 watt)
HUMBLE ONE SOLAR SUV

Humble Motors announces a sun-powered battery CUV

Humble is not a normal automaker.

We’re a tech startup on a quest to build the world’s first solar-powered SUVs and develop automotive-integrated photovoltaic technology that enables scalable, truly clean mobility for everyone.
Solar-powered EVs have several distinct advantages over pure electric vehicles.

The first is that pure electric is not particularly sustainable. We get 85 percent of our electricity from nonrenewable fossil fuels like oil, natural gas, and coal. So, while switching from an internal combustion engine vehicle to an electric vehicle makes a difference, it is not as self-sufficient or sustainable as it could be if the electricity for your charge station is still generated by fossil fuels. We need to address carbon neutrality in the automotive industry, and solar-powered EVs are the next step in tackling this.
HUMBLE ONE SOLAR SUV

HUMBLE ONE SOLAR SUV


The second issue is that the world is struggling to build the charging infrastructure required for electric vehicles. According to some estimates, there will be 3 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025. And according to the International Council on Clean Transportation, approximately 1400 charging stations will need to be installed every day in California alone to supply the energy required to sustain all of the new EVs.
Long-distance EV travel is currently not possible without multiple stops at charging stations. Many areas (even in the United States, let alone the rest of the world) lack charging stations, and even when they do exist, charging the battery can take several hours. Existing solutions to these issues, such as building more charging stations, increasing battery capacity, and road-charging, have not been shown to be efficient thus far.

Solar-powered Humble EVs will ‘leapfrog’ the grid and allow people to travel an unprecedented distance without stopping at a charger station, using what is available in all parts of the world: the sun.

Electric cars are seeing rapid adoption, but questions remain about how to best support them and our aging electric grid. The Humble One sidesteps these concerns somewhat by adding solar panels to the mix. Between its roof, sidelites, passenger doors, and fold-out “wings”, it offers 80 square feet of solar panels, enough to add 10-60 miles in driving range per day depending on location. The four-passenger vehicle also claims a 500-mile range, with a maximum of 1,020 hp and a drag coefficient of just 0.25.

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The company is currently taking $300 reservations for 2025 deliveries.

Introducing the New InsideTracker Mobile App — Pioneering the Next Generation of Personalized Human Performance

It’s here. It’s arrived—the new InsideTracker mobile app.

After years of spirited debates, thousands of hours of scientific research, and countless iterations of designs, we are very proud to announce the achievement of a significant milestone for InsideTracker – the launch of our new iOS mobile app.

Now, InsideTracker customers can experience a new pinnacle of potential, personalization, and performance from your ultra-personalized nutrition system.

With this first of its kind, customer-exclusive app, you can now integrate real-time physiomarker data from your fitness tracker with your existing blood and DNA biomarker data. This unprecedented combination of Blood + DNA + Fitness Tracking data adds an exponential level of precision and customization to your InsideTracker Action Plan.

Fundamentally, it’s a simple equation with profound results. The more data you put into it, the more impact you get out of it.

Finally, a real-time and complete picture of your health and wellness

When we set about to design this new app from the ground up, we knew we had an ambitious task ahead of us, but one that would successfully realize our company vision. Integrate more and more scientifically proven biometric data inputs to deliver real-time, holistic health & wellness insights.

As a super performer, conscious achiever, and longevity seeker, you are actively looking to not only add more fidelity and deeper insights to your plans but also centralize all the growing and disparate sources of quantified data about your bodies. You wanted to measure more precisely, see more clearly, and act more confidently. In the end, understand the relationship, causation, and correlation between these different data points. You spoke, we listened, and it is here!

Additionally, as we dug deeper, our team of InsideTracker behavioral scientists unearthed more insights to inspire and inform our approach.

Building new habits that stick is a tall order for anyone. You must understand conceptually and intellectually “how” to get it done and be inspired, maintain & sustain, and have a systematic routine if you want to make progress in your health journey. The seeming complexity of orchestrating all these elements to drive desired behavior change can be overwhelming all on your own. And while you may have the goal in mind (e.g., strength, endurance, healthy aging), it can seem out of reach to visualize and realize the steps needed to reach that goal.

But with any challenges or speed bumps that come our way, we see opportunity. So we set about to create an elegant, mobile-first solution that addresses these problems head-on and puts the inherent power of InsideTracker right at your fingertips.

The app was created around a simple idea – provide limitless access to your health and wellness data, helping to keep you on track and build the sound habits you need to reach your health & wellness goals.

A host of brand new features were purpose-designed to provide a clearer & comprehensive picture of your health profile, real-time & immediate feedback, and put more customization & control in your hands.

Fitness tracking integration = more precision and personalization

We know that you, our insatiably curious InsideTracker customers, are measuring more and more data from a growing set of sources such as blood, DNA, and physiological biomarkers.

While all of these tell valuable, in-depth, and nuanced stories about what’s going on inside your body, the truth is they come at different times and frequencies.

Blood reflects what’s going on right now, but it’s just not practical or realistic to test daily. DNA can reveal your body’s potential for certain wellness traits, but your genetic blueprint is stable, unchanging and testing is genuinely only a once in a lifetime occasion. Physiological data, such as resting heart rate and sleep, provide motivating reminders of your daily activity and help monitor regular progress, but don’t effectively translate that data to simple, tangible, and effective “So now what?” actions.

The InsideTracker mobile app’s inherent power is its capability to make the whole truly greater than the sum of these individual parts. The simple act of adding fitness tracking data to your blood and genetic biomarkers unlocks never-before-seen dimensions of your InsideTracker Action Plan. Blood biomarkers now come with genetic and physiological insights. Our trusted, science-backed recommendations to improve your blood biomarkers now show how they will help you physiological markers and how your genetics impact both of them.

Sync your Fitbit to InsideTracker to automatically update your latest data, and you are on your way to seeing inside yourself from an entirely new perspective. A note to “other” fitness tracker fans. Yes, we are launching with Fitbit; however, Garmin and Apple Health integrations are next in line coming in early 2021, and more devices in the queue.

Daily and continuous optimization

At the heart of the new InsideTracker iOS app is the PULSE. This dynamic dashboard home base of the app integrates your daily Action Plan with your existing habits. It helps you visualize and plot your InsideTracker recommendations with easy guidance on how and when to incorporate them throughout your day.

These daily readings also feed into your WELLNESS SCORE, a newly calculated metric exclusive to our app that provides a daily snapshot of your progress towards optimizing your body. As you log actions according to your plan and change key physiological markers, you can track and monitor these changes reflected in your Wellness Score. InsideTracker’s data science team designed this proprietary algorithm to apply relative weight to critical changes and actions. Optimizations in your blood biomarkers will have a relatively more substantial effect on your Wellness Score. In contrast, improvements in physiological markers or daily check-ins on your Action Plan will have a somewhat smaller effect. Be sure to monitor your improvements because even those little changes in your Wellness Score will fuel feelings of reward and positively motivate you towards your goals.

And finally, you’ll get hyper-targeted PROTIPS to keep you on track towards your goals. Delivered daily, these nuggets of wisdom are a single, easy to follow, laser-focused recommendation that will have the most significant impact on improving your performance. Currently, PROTIPS are based on simple physiological recommendations, but soon we will be expanding PROTIPS to include nutrition and blood biomarker-based guidance.

More customization and control

InsideTracker’s behavioral science team was hard at work once again, reimagining the levels of flexibility, customization, and control you have over your InsideTracker Action Plan.

Go ahead and start by picking your goal. With thirteen (13) different goals to choose from, you can select the one you want to focus on, and we’ll help guide you to success. Because your body is dynamic, feel free to change your goal at any time.

New to the mobile app, you can now pick an Action Plan approach that fits your style. Do you want to build healthy habits one small step at a time? Choose the “Focused” approach to steadily zone in on your single highest-impact area. Or do you want to maximize your potential with a multi-step plan and make significant progress ASAP? Then choose “Strive” to fast track your plan by hyper-focusing on the top five highest-impact recommendations.

If it feels like there are too many recommendations, then go ahead and remove some. If you feel the spark to take on a few more, go ahead and add some. We put the power in your hands to design your own personal Action Plan’s pace, style, and robustness.

All of this customization culminates in another new key metric, the IMPACT SCORE. Your Impact Score shows you the strength and effectiveness of each recommendation specifically for you, guiding you to select the best habits to follow. The higher the score, the more influential the recommendation. The Impact Score is based on the number of biomarkers impacted by this recommendation, the strength of the science behind it, and the biomarkers’ importance to your goals.

Note that once you have successfully created your Action Plan on the new InsideTracker mobile app, we encourage you to look forward, not backward, because your Action Plan will now only live in your pocket where it rightfully belongs. Additionally, the new data provided by the app’s exclusive WELLNESS SCORE and IMPACT SCORE has created a dramatically improved Action Plan experience with deeper insights and more accountability.

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he journey is just the beginning

Like your own exploration of personal performance and health & wellness, our commitment to being a beacon of truth in a murky world of misinformation is continuous.

A massive thank you goes out to all the designers, developers, creatives, and scientists whose hard work and dedication developed this novel experience specifically for you.

But more importantly, a huge thank you goes out to you, our intrepid truth-seekers, who inspired us to push the boundaries of possibilities and create something truly novel that has never been seen before.

With open arms, we invite you to join us in the next phase of this revolution and realize your body’s true potential for longer, healthier life.

  • The InsideTracker mobile app integrates data from blood, DNA, and fitness trackers to give you a real-time, holistic snapshot of your health & wellness.
  • New daily, actionable ProTips using your body’s real-time data will be delivered via the InsideTracker mobile app to help you stay on track every day of the week.
  • New Wellness Score provides an instant, digestible view of your progress towards your health and wellness goals.
  • New Impact Scores quantify each recommendation’s effectiveness on improving your biomarkers—specific to your body and goals.
  • The InsideTracker Action Plan that’s always been your guide has been redesigned. Fully customize it, create an approach and style that meets your needs—and have it with you in your pocket at every turn.
  • Currently, the InsideTracker mobile app is available on any iOS device. We are actively developing the Android version for launch in 2021.

 

CADILLAC UNVEILED AT THE VIRTUAL CES 2021, ITS VTOL CONCEPT IS AN ALL-ELECTRIC

During General Motors’ (GM) CES 2021 keynote, it showed off a new series of concept products under the Cadillac brand. The concept is made up of a passenger VTOL drone and an autonomous car to get you and your friends to and from locations and drones.

While it has yet to happen, a number of companies are expecting commuters to take the skies in the coming years. Count Cadillac among them. Unveiled at the virtual CES 2021, its VTOL concept is an all-electric, fully autonomous single-seat drone.

While these are just concepts and will likely not represent the finished product, they are still great to see. Seeing electric autonomous cars and drones from a company as large as GM is an important step to helping the world move into an electric and driverless future.

 

11 September 2020, London: The GSMA has been organising the industry’s premier mobile events since 2006. During that time, we’ve responded to various emergent situations and are now closely monitoring the changing global circumstances around Covid-19. The GSMA’s approach is safety first, and we are working to ensure that MWC21 proceeds in the safest way for all participants. 

GSMA Guidelines on Health and Safety for MWC21

As always, health and safety are a paramount consideration, and we are working closely with Fira Barcelona and the Host City Parties in Spain to ensure we incorporate all guidance and provide the best level of protection possible at the event. Whilst many safety standards will be mandated; our approach is to meet and then surpass those standards where possible. Our planning principles include;

  • Collaboration: Our dialogue with key partners and exhibitors is in full force to ensure a safe build-up and operation of MWC incorporating all emerging guidance
  • Partnership: The GSMA works directly with the Spanish and Catalan governments, the Host City Parties and Fira de Barcelona to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all involved in the event. This partnership will build on the Protocol on Safety and Prevention against COVID-19 currently being implemented by Fira de Barcelona
  • Expert advice and health and safety measures: We are defining strict standards and best practice with direction from health authorities around the world including, the WHO, scientific research, health and safety experts and Spanish and Catalan health authorities

Updates on our enhanced health and safety measures and our ‘touchless’ environment will be available in the coming weeks. Some of the health & safety measures and protocols exhibitors and attendees will be obliged to follow include;

  • Social distancing and traffic flows
  • We will optimise the exhibition layout to improve flow and support social distancing through real-time data sharing and analysis
    • The venue will be set up to ensure the 1.5m distance guidelines are met
    • All spaces will be designed to ensure a crowd density of no less than 2.5m2 per person can be maintained
    • Exhibitors will be required to adhere to strict stand capacity and flow requirements as well as stand design adjustments
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Protective face masks will be mandatory
  • Hygiene
    • The environment will minimise touch, with entry, information points and registration all becoming touchless
    • Hand sanitiser will be widely available throughout the venue and required at each Exhibitor stand
    • There will be enhanced cleaning measures throughout the venue, with particular attention paid to high contact surfaces
    • Exhibitors will be obliged to conduct frequent cleaning and disinfection of their stands
    • Where the handling of products or other materials is necessary, it will be essential for items and hands to be sanitised before and after use with an approved hydro-alcoholic sanitising solution
    • Specific cleaning and sterilisation regimes will be in place for any audio-visual equipment
  • Training
    • Exhibitors must ensure that all staff and contractors have received, as a minimum, training in the health and safety guidelines and rules provided

The GSMA will abide by every step outlined in our health and safety guidelines and will enforce compliance throughout the event to ensure that exhibitors and attendees also comply.

Siren raises $11.8M for its limb-saving smart socks

Can a pair of socks help those with diabetes avoid foot amputations?

That’s one of the ideas behind Siren, a company that’s building smart, washable fabric wearables – the first of which is a pair of socks meant to help those with diabetes monitor their foot health and detect dangerous injuries early. They’ve just a raised $11.8 million Series B to help get it done.

The round was led by Anathem Ventures, and backed by Khosla, DCM, and Founders Fund. As part of the raise, DCM’s Jason Krikorian (co-founder of Slingbox maker Sling Media) will be joining Siren’s  board.

Siren co-founder Ran Ma tells me that amputations in patients with diabetes are largely the result of injuries that go undetected for too long. Over time, diabetes can cause nerve damage; when this nerve damage impacts the feet, patients can develop injuries and ulcers without noticing – out of sight, out of mind. Left untreated, these injuries can grow worse or become infected to the point that amputation is required. Tens of thousands of these amputations occur each year in the U.S. alone.

Siren’s socks help detect injuries that might otherwise go unnoticed by monitoring the temperature of six regions of the wearer’s foot. If one region seems to be getting considerably warmer than those around it, it could indicate ongoing inflammation caused by an injury. The socks can connect to the patient’s phone via Bluetooth to help them keep an eye on their feet – and, importantly, that information is beamed to their doctors who can keep an eye out for red flags.

That last bit is particularly key right now. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many are avoiding doctors offices and hospitals in fear of being exposed to the virus; meanwhile, many offices have been limiting their more routine/less urgent or “non-essential” appointments – including, in this case, routine foot exams. Siren’s socks let a patient’s doctors monitor their foot health from afar.

We first met Siren back in 2017 when the company won the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield at CES. Since then, the company has raised around $22 million in funding; this $11.8 million Series B, a previously undisclosed $6.5 million Series A in 2018, and a $3.4 million seed round.

Ran tells me that they’ve made Siren Socks available in ten states so far, with plans to expand nationwide by the end of this year.

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Astro Slide is the first 5G keyboard smartphone and is the fastest announced 5G device to date. Astro’s revolutionary RockUp ™ sliding hinge transforms the powerful 6.53 ”touchscreen smartphone into a mini laptop, with Planet’s signature backlit touchpad.

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WELCOME TO THE THIRD PLANET COMPUTERS PROJECT: ASTRO SLIDE.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Astro Slide is ideal for emails, messages, editing documents, making calls and taking snapshots. Astro’s dual 5G and Wi-Fi 6 communications deliver faster upload and download speeds for true productivity on the go. Astro Slide runs the Android 10 operating system with a multi-boot option to support Linux. Perfect as your daily driver!

Fast facts

First 5G portable device with full physical keyboard

Astro Slide is the fastest announced 5G mobile device to date

RockUp ™ sliding hinge mechanism combines all the power of a mini laptop with the functionality of a smartphone

The device features a large 6.53 “touch screen and a 48MP camera

Astro runs Android 10 and is also compatible with Linux operating systems, with a multiple boot option

Big enough 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 laptop

The history of the planet enters a new era …

At Planet Computers, we never stop innovating. In the past two years, we have delivered our award-winning Gemini PDA and Cosmo Communicator devices to more than 10,000 sponsors who supported our mission to start a new revolution in mobile computing.

The revolution continues as we embrace the latest mobile technologies and trends, along with our passion for writing, writing, and creating on the go.

We are expanding the range of Planet devices with the new Astro Slide, our transforming 5G smartphone.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Once again, we have listened to our sponsors, who wanted more power, a large touch screen always accessible, but also want easy access to the backlit keyboard of the Planet firm, without compromise.

We are fully embracing the power of 5G and Wi-Fi 6, and we decided to go “all-inclusive”: we opted for the fastest 5G processor available, providing the best 5G experience on the Astro. Having a smartphone that can be transformed into a pocket computer with a simple thumb action is really a leap in usability and functionality, ideal for both work and play.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

It is the ultimate in mobile design, power, and usability.

Astro Slide is the first of Planet’s transforming smartphones with a large 6.53 ”touchscreen. With Planet’s revolutionary patented RockUp slide hinge, Astro Slide reveals the signature Planet keyboard at the touch of a thumb.

The display tilts gently toward the optimal viewing angle transforming Astro into a powerful pocket computer.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Astro Slide gives you the freedom to write, create, animate, communicate and entertain yourself in a familiar form factor.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Astro Slide is the fastest 5G device that has been announced to date. Powered by MediaTek’s Dimensional 1000 chipset with 8 super-fast cores plus advanced GPU and APU processors, it offers twice the performance of other 5G chipsets with significantly reduced power consumption, achieving download speeds of up to 4.7 Gb / s with modems. dual 5G.

The Astro Slide battery will power the user for a whole day of work and play.

Astro Slide also features Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth, BLE Audio and NFC communications, and wireless charging. Astro has a 48-megapixel rear camera, as well as a front camera for video calls.

A revolution in design

The Astro Slide and its RockUp ™ hinge slide mechanism have been designed by Martin Riddiford.

Martin is the inventor of the clamshell mobile device and the designer behind all Psion and Planet devices to date.

Astro Slide has a truly revolutionary design, offering the comfort of a smartphone as well as the productivity of the laptop keyboard, beautifully designed in one device, all in the palm of your hand. It is a solution without compromise and perfect as your daily driver.

The Planet signature backlit keyboard allows you to work comfortably at night or in dark spaces, such as on long airplane trips without the need for external lighting.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Key features

We have designed Astro Slide so that it has all the functions you need:

  • A newly designed integrated backlit physical keyboard
  • A large 6.53 “touch screen
  • A 48MP high-resolution rear camera
  • minimum 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of Flash storage
  • Fingerprint sensor and smart toggle button for security and control
  • NFC for payment

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Other Astro Slide features include:

  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 2x Nano SIM and 1x eSIM
  • Minimum 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory
  • a MicroSD slot for additional storage
  • 2 USB-C ports and an audio jack

Technical specification

Below is the full technical specification of Astro Slide.

ASTRO SLIDE (INITIAL SPECIFICATION)
NET: Wifi WiFi 6 (2 x 802.11ax)
Modem Dual world 5G modem3GPP Rel. 15
NSA / SA
DL 4.7Gbps
2CC UL 2.5Gbps
2CC Sub-6GHz
2G / 3G / 4G / 5G Multimodo
Times Compatible
ViLTE Compatible
VoWi-Fi Compatible
Dual SIM operation Dual 5G modem
BODY: Form factor RockUp ™ Transformer / Slider
Dimensions 16.4 (width) x 7.66 cm (depth) x 1.5 (height) cm
Weight Aprox. 300g
SIM Dual nanoSIM + eSIM chip
MONITOR: Kind Color FHD + (20: 9)
Size 6.53 inch
Resolution 2340×1080, 395 ppi
Multitouch yes
Protection Scratch resistant glass
PLATFORM: THE Android 10 operating system, compatible with Linux operating system
Chipset MediaTek Dimensity 1000, MT6889 Octa-core 5G SoC
UPC 4x A77 @ 2.6GHz, 256KB L2
4x A55 @ 2.0GHz, 128KB L2 2MB L3
GPU ARM G77 9-Core
Manhattan 3.0: 120 fps
HELP 3rd generation, total of 6 cores
4.5 TOPS
MEMORY: RAMCard slot 6GB – Ultra-fast 4-channel LPDD4xmicro SD
Internal 128 GB
CAMERA: Rear camera 48MP + Flash
Frontal camera 5MP
SOUND: Speakers Stereo speakers
Microphone Integrated ambient microphone
Jack de 3.5 mm yes
COMMUNICATIONS: WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS Wi-Fi 802.11 ax
Bluetooth v5.1, BLE audio
GPS AGPS, Glonass, Beidou, GalileoBanda L1 + L5 GNSS
NFC Yes, including payment
FM Radio yes
USB 2x USB Type-C, OTG support, Display port support (via adapter cable)
CHARACTERISTICS: Keyboard Full mechanical keyboard24 designs

Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dvorak, Finnish / Swedish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian / Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swiss, Thai, English, English USA USA

Load Wireless charging + fast charging
Sensors Accelerometer, compass, light sensor, gyroscope, magneto-sensor
Fingerprint buttons Fingerprint sensor on the screen surfaceVolume up / down, power / lock button
DRUMS: 4000mAh Li-Ion battery (approx.)
MISCELLANEOUS: Colour Black with silver keyboard trim

 

Software

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Astro is designed to run the latest Android 10 operating system and all of your favorite applications, as well as Linux based operating systems with a multiple boot option.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

You can easily run Microsoft Office for Android apps such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook, as well as Planet’s own PDA software package, which includes the Calendar calendar app, the Notes and Dictation Notes app, the app database and our email client, Airmail.

 

What we need and what you get

We are proud of what we have created to date, but we need your support to overcome it. By supporting us, you will become part of the invention of the transformer smartphone product category, which we believe is lacking in the market today. We would love for you to join us on our journey to bring the product to life.

Our goal is to raise $ 200,000 through our crowdfunding campaign. The funds raised will go directly towards financing the final design phases, manufacturing the units ordered through the pool, and developing Android 10 and Linux boot firmware.

As the first sponsors, we were eager to reward you with some unique benefits. All Astro units claimed as benefits will be at least $ 350 off the planned retail price. The first installments now begin in March 2021 to Astro sponsors.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Impact

With email and messaging apps like WhatsApp, Line, WeChat, Skype, LinkedIn, and Facebook Messenger, you need to type a lot, and a quality mobile keyboard is a must. It’s no longer just about swiping or typing, making calls, taking photos, or controlling your voice, it’s all about these actions! And we need to be able to perform these actions wherever and whenever we want.

When creating Astro Slide, we try to incorporate many features that will make this device powerful enough to be the only device you need to carry with you.

Astro Slide allows you to work comfortably in restricted spaces, on planes, on trains, in coffee shops. You can also hold the Astro and easily use it as a passenger in the car, on your feet, or on the bus.

It is the only device you need to carry, and small enough to fit in your pocket.

It is a true all-in-one replacement for both your smartphone and laptop.

Perfect as your daily driver!

 

Risks and challenges

The team behind this campaign and Planet Computers has participated in the successful delivery of 8 funded crowdfunding campaigns. We have experience bringing consumer electronics, hardware and software to the market.

Currently, we have an initial prototype of the Astro Slide that we build with our industrial design partners. Therefore, in the United Kingdom. We will work with our factory in China and our designers in the UK to finalize the mechanical engineering, PCB and radio electronics for the Astro. Having delivered the Gemini PDA and Cosmo Communicator devices in less than a year, we are proud of those accomplishments, but building any new product is a huge undertaking and a risky journey. Our team is experienced in delivering software and hardware. Our goal is to have the product available to ship to the first sponsors of our campaign in March 2021. We have given this project an additional 2 months to deliver as it is our first 5G device. We know this is an ambitious goal, but we truly believe that it can be achieved with our team. As such,

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Our supply chain and factories are already running again after the recent closure in China, producing more Cosmo communicators for the latest Cosmo sponsors and our distributors worldwide. Of course, we continue production and support for Gemini PDA and Cosmo Communicator devices.

You can help in other ways

We would love for you to join the Planet Computers movement. We have established a variety of ways for you as a sponsor to help us. Any support, big or small, is kindly received. Like any startup, we will have our hands full trying to bring this product to market, and we are very excited about that.

Helping to spread the word on social media or telling colleagues or friends about our campaign would be like sprinkling fairy dust on us! If you have any suggestions on how you think you can help, please feel free to contact us by email (hello@planetcom.co.uk) or on social media. We would love to hear from you.

We are also hosting a referral competition for Astro sponsors. The 3 main references of the Astro Slide campaign for contributions will be rewarded with the following prizes:

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

Welcome to the third Planet Computers project: Astro Slide.

We hope you like the awards and spread the message. The referred winners prizes will be sent once the Astro Slide campaign ends in the first week of June 2020. We will contact the referees to choose the keyboard designs.

We hope you like our new device and that you can help us make it happen.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/astro-slide-5g-transformer#/