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Gemini: The Newest Thing In All Of Psion
By therefore founder, Martin Riddiford

So the battery is under the keyboard :
the most favourable from a component layout and ease of manufacture point of view was to put a large, flat battery under the keyboard
There is also a (smaller) supercap(acitor) under the display.
the removal of the battery from under the display has opened up space to use a supercap to assist the battery
Keys are compressed when Gemini PDA is closed :
We hatched an audacious plan to squash the keys when the device was shut, saving 1.4mm in thickness. This is done with magnets on the corners which compress the keys and hold the lid and keyboard frame together.
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#52
I am struggling to parse this sentence:
This is the type of challenge that I have tackled many times in my career whilst at therefore and before, while shoehorning electronics into ever smaller products.
I consulted a colleague who, unlike me, is not a Bloody Foreigner™, and he was scratching his head too
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Refunded my order. This device has more cons than pros.
 

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Originally Posted by pichlo View Post
I am struggling to parse this sentence:

I consulted a colleague who, unlike me, is not a Bloody Foreigner™, and he was scratching his head too
"therefore" is the name of the designer company.
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Originally Posted by rcolistete View Post
"therefore" is the name of the designer company.
Ha ha! In some academic conventions it would be italicised, and indeed there is a point to doing that....

Often, confusion is the result of "too clever by half" names.
 

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Originally Posted by ravelo View Post
A commentary was posted [...] at the indiegogo page [...]

"I am very exited about this product, but my excitement is tempered by two things:
- Your CEO is affiliated with another Indiegogo project, the ZX Spectrum Vega Plus project, which has not been delivered to date, what is his role in that project? [...]"
So this news article may be relevant:
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39191064

Essentially they summarize the bad state of the project.
Long overdue, lack of communication.

They add their correspondence with the company, which did not go well:
"Our clients are concerned that the BBC is in fact supporting and participating in a malicious campaign intended to denigrate our clients' reputation," wrote lawyers Michelmores LLP in a letter to the broadcaster.
Golem rephrased this into
"With threat of legal action the company tried to prevent press releases about the project"
Which is kinda over the top and wrong in my eyes. But they certainly haven't got a thick skin.

Anyway it seems they either are totally overwhelmed with the scale of the project or they decided to run with the money or they tried, didn't hit their deadline and after the response from their backers decided "Na they don't deserve it anyway"

I suggest again to stay away from funding the Gemini if this connection is there and wait for a final product.
 

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#57
new update:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/g...phone#/updates

seem firmly committed to mediatek, and in talks with canononical and jolla.
committed to a flashable device.
 

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This is just yet another ARM device built for Android and built with planned obsolescence. The screenshot shows it's running Linux 3.18 which is the kernel used in Android 6 and is now EOL. If you're lucky they'll move to Linux 4.4 from Android 7 which is scheduled to be EOL'd in less than a year.

On the Linux side, we are actively discussing with several companies including Canonical (Ubuntu), Jolla (Sailfish OS), Mediatek and others on how we can achieve a truly open Linux environment.
This made me LOL, particularly the Mediatek part. That statement alone tells me they have little experience in this area. Ubuntu and Sailfish ports will likely use the Android kernel with libhybris like all of their other ports to mobile devices. You can forget a truly open Linux environment.
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