Planet Computers Ltd, the London based start-up electronics company today announces the appointment of Dr David Potter CBE, as Honorary Chairman. Dr Potter, founder of Psion Computers, brings a wealth of experience to the existing Planet Computers team for whom he will provide general advisory support, as well as participating in the start-up investment in the new company.
Dr Potter comments: “This new enterprise is close to my heart and mind, and I welcome the opportunity to work with the management team. As far as the product is concerned, reintroducing a physical keyboard effectively liberates the high-resolution screen by maximising the display viewing area, providing an unrivalled user experience.
"State of the art processing power provides the means to work efficiently on the move with the ability to type and create documents with ease using a full screen.”
Notes to editors:
Planet Computers launched the Gemini PDA crowdfunding project on the Indiegogo platform in March 2017, and is close to trebling its original target to support the development programme. Planet Computers is on target to deliver the first full production products to supporters of the project late this year and the project remains ‘InDemand’ on Indiegogo for pre-orders of the crowdfund version of the product.
The Gemini is a 4G and Wi-Fi device with a full physical keyboard and runs on the Android and Linux platforms (dual boot). With a six inch screen, five megapixel camera and stereo speakers it provides a communications, media consumption and social media device for the 21st Century.
More details of the product are available at https://www.planetcom.co.uk
Biographical note on Dr David Potter CBE
Dr David Potter CBE was born in East London, South Africa. In 1963 he entered Trinity College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. He later studied for a doctorate in mathematical physics at Imperial College, where he was subsequently appointed to the staff. As an academic during the 1970s he taught at London University and the University of California. Dr Potter also holds honorary degrees from Edinburgh, Sheffield and York Universities and the University of Cape Town, among others.
In 1980 David Potter founded Psion, developing and leading the company for more than 20 years. In its early years, Psion became a leader in software for home microcomputers. From 1984 Psion pioneered the management of personal information by inventing ‘The Organiser’, the world’s first volume hand-held computers for personal use. The Psion Series 5 was launched in 1997. In 1998, David led the creation of Symbian Limited in partnership with Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola and Matsushita.
David served on the 1997 National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education (the Dearing Committee) and board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. From 1999 to 2003 he was a member of the Council for Science and Technology reporting to the Cabinet. David has served a wide range of higher educational establishments as Visiting, Honorary Fellow and Governor.
David was awarded the CBE, in 1997, for services to manufacturing industry and in 2001 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers. Between 2003 and 2009, David served as a non-Executive Director to the Bank of England.
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