Solu: Rethinking The Computer

Sarah Buhr, writing for TechCrunch:

Solu can operate as a standalone device, much like a smartphone, or connect to a display and keyboard for more functions.

Content gets automatically backed-up on a multi-gigabyte local cache on Solu’s cloud system that works on the proprietary SoluOS operating system. There’s no in-app purchases or limit to the storage.

I’m attracted to this. The whole thing needs better execution, but there are ideas here that feel unique. The UI isn’t pretty, but it’s foreign in a way that challenges perception.

Separating content (movie, image, webpage, etc) from control feels good too, and I think that’s because we’ve been obsessed with the marriage of content and control as a UI accomplishment. But the more I think about it, the more I begin to feel like that union isn’t ideal. When you separate the two, the movie becomes the movie, and the controls become the controls. It’s not a heavy conclusion, but it feels big to me in terms of the design of a UI.