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Philips tests Ockel Sirius A

By Nathalie — October 9th, 2017

Our Ockel Sirius A has been tested by the experts at Philips Innovation Labs. Good news: we passed all electrical circuit tests. It was even better to hear that the Ockel Sirius A overperformed and complies with the Philips premium brand standards, which is an incredible result.

The Ockel Sirius A has been tested thoroughly to ensure stability in environments with many other wired and wireless connections around. In other words, we made sure that the Ockel Sirius A won’t interfere with other electronic devices. These tests are commonly used for certification purposes as well.

Philips will perform two additional tests including a Surge Test. With this test, Philips will push the Ockel Sirius A to the maximum to see if they can find insulation weaknesses.

Packaging design for the Ockel Sirius A

By Nathalie — October 2nd, 2017

We are making good progress on all pre-production related work for the Ockel Sirius A.
Our in-house design team has focused a lot on the packaging design in the last weeks. We are happy to show you a first sneak peek of how the packaging is going to look like.

We decided to make use of premium materials and a well-thought-out box lay-out. This is a box you do not want to throw in your garbage can! As we speak we are working on a first pre-production packaging prototype round.

Avancas Sirius A ToughGlass

By Jesper — September 25th, 2017

The Avanca team has worked hard on realizing the first stretch goal add-on: The free ToughGlass for the Ockel Sirius A. This week we’ve received the first mass production samples and we’re pleased with the quality and look & feel of the tempered glass solution. (more…)

Upcoming Prototypes

By Jesper — September 11th, 2017

Our founder and CEO Tim Haaksma packed his bags (again) directly after the IFA show to visit our technical partners overseas. He is overseeing the final stages of the production of our upcoming prototypes. (more…)

Radioshow Into Tomorrow

By Tim van Hout — September 7th, 2017

We are happy to share the video of our radio interview at Into Tomorrow which was held last week during the IFA in Berlin. (more…)

IFA 2017

By Tim van Hout — September 4th, 2017

Until now the IFA show has been great. Nathalie and Tim van Hout met with great potential marketing partners and Tim Haaksma and Jesper Baumgarten have had many interesting talks with retailers, distributors and local resellers as well. (more…)

New timeline

By Jesper — August 28th, 2017

In the past weeks, many of our backer asked us about the timeline update of the Ockel Sirius A. During that time, we were working on crucial steps of the development process that affect the project timeline and we are now ready to share all details. (more…)

Testing 1.. 2.. 3.. Go!

By Jesper — August 21st, 2017

After testing all components thoroughly, we decided to give a ‘Go’ for the next optimized version of the PCBA, which will be integrated in the upcoming PVT prototype. In the upcoming weeks (more…)

A special place to see Ockel

By Nathalie — August 14th, 2017

The second most important goal after developing the Ockel Sirius A is to create a company that will be around for years and years to come. We have a lot more ideas about different PC solutions. (more…)

The Ockel Sirius A in action

By Jesper — August 7th, 2017

It has been a pleasure playing and working with the Ockel Sirius A prototype so far. All functionalities are up and running and we already started testing some of the most requested features (more…)

Prototype arrived

By Jesper — August 2nd, 2017

We have exciting news to share! About an hour ago our Ockel Sirius A prototype arrived and we couldn’t resist sharing the first photos (shot with Tim’s phone) with all of you. (more…)

Prototyping labs

By Jesper — July 31st, 2017

Last week we’ve contacted several prototyping labs, here in the Netherlands. We would like to partner-up with a progressive test-lab that is able to extensively test the Sirius A prototypes in terms of reliability, materials and connectivity. (more…)

IFA, Berlin 2017

By Nathalie — July 10th, 2017

Ockel Computers was launched in 2015 during the IFA, the largest European trade show for consumer electronics, in Berlin (Germany).

This year we will be attending to the IFA for the third time. (more…)

Accessories

By Jesper — July 3rd, 2017

Our creative master minds Jan Paul and Wouter have conceptualized the first accessories for the Ockel Sirius A (Pro). One of the most requested accessories (more…)

Product testing

By Jesper — June 12th, 2017

In the last couple of weeks, we extensively tested the Ockel Sirius A prototypes both software and hardware wise. We tested durability, usability, built-quality, software features, software durability and of course compatibility. We are more than happy with the results. (more…)

TNW Conference

By Tim van Hout — May 26th, 2017

The Next Web Conference was also a great success. At the largest European Tech Conference, we met great people in the tech industry and some of the coolest startups out there! (more…)

New timeframe

By Tim van Hout — May 22nd, 2017

As you know, we are unfortunately facing a delay with the development of the Ockel Sirius A (Pro). The past weeks we spent a lot of time with our engineers and the specialists at Microsoft and Intel to finalize the new timeframe. (more…)

Two events in one week

By Tim van Hout — May 15th, 2017

This week we’ll be exhibiting on both the Digital@Campus show in Germany and The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam. (more…)

Ockel Sirius A: Tech calls

By Tim van Hout — May 15th, 2017

The test results of the Ockel Sirius A prototype are looking good so far. A second model is underway to our headquarters, so we can test even more extensively. We expect this sample to arrive at the end of this week. (more…)

Latest Ockel Sirius A prototype

By Tim van Hout — May 9th, 2017

Today we have awesome news to share with you. About two hours ago we received our latest Ockel Sirius A prototype! Without further ado, here is a first look. (more…)

Say Hi to Liao

By Tim van Hout — April 24th, 2017

Here at Ockel Computer we’re constantly seeking for new talent to be added to the team. A couple of months back we welcomed Liao to our team. Liao is an expert in coding and has many years of experience in using all kind of code-languages. (more…)

Evaluation of components

By Jesper — April 18th, 2017

Since the beginning of the Ockel Sirius A Indiegogo campaign, we received multiple comments and e-mails with backers asking us for specific component and/or device details. We want to highlight (more…)

The Next Web Conference 2017

By Tim van Hout — April 10th, 2017

We will be exhibiting at The Next Web conference in the so-called Start-up program on May 18 & 19, in Amsterdam. We are big fans (more…)

Visiting our technical partners

By Jesper — March 20th, 2017

This week our Founder and CEO Tim and Product Engineer Jan Paul are overseas, visiting several of our technical partners. Together with our partners we are working around the clock on the final PCBA and (more…)

Components update

By Jesper — March 6th, 2017

Today like to briefly update you on the eMMC flash storage and the D2WG Intel Chipset used in the Ockel Sirius A.

eMMC Storage

Last week we received (more…)

Ockel Sirius A prototype progress

By Tim van Hout — March 1st, 2017

Last week we’ve updated you on our prototyping progress. We expected to finalize the new Ockel Sirius A prototype last week.

The battery, LCD-screen and several other internal components are successfully integrated in the latest prototype casing. (more…)

Distree EMEA Fresh Award

By Jesper — February 27th, 2017

Our Founder and CEO Tim attended the Distree EMEA event last week. The Distree event has been a great success for Ockel. Tim has spoken with (more…)

Secretly visiting the ISE-show

By Tim van Hout — February 13th, 2017

Last week Sirius A Pro backer Niels asked us if we would be present during the ISE-show. Although we didn’t have our own stand, we did secretly visit the ISE-show at the Amsterdam RAI last week.  (more…)

Tech Awards Hotlist

By Tim van Hout — February 13th, 2017

We officially released the Ockel Sirius A back in September during the IFA-show in Berlin. With the Ockel Sirius A out in the open we attracted the attention of press from all over the world, including press from the Netherlands. Only one day after the introduction of the Ockel Sirius A (more…)

Say Hi to Tim

By Nathalie — February 6th, 2017

You can’t accomplish the best results on your own. That is why Ockel Computers is constantly seeking for new talent to be added to the team. Last week we’ve updated you about Sean joining the Ockel Computers team as an intern, this week (more…)

Say Hi to Sean

By Nathalie — January 30th, 2017

You can’t accomplish the best results on your own. That is why Ockel Computers is constantly seeking for new talent to be added to the team. Last month another new talented colleagues joined Ockel on our mission to reinvent the PC. (more…)

Distree Emea Event

By Tim van Hout — January 30th, 2017

Ockel Computers met one of the representatives of the Distree Emea Event last month at the CES in Las Vegas. (more…)

CES 2017

By Tim van Hout — January 11th, 2017

Last week we kicked off CES 2017 at the Showstoppers event. It has been an amazing evening and we introduced press from all over the world (more…)

Very special milestone

By Tim van Hout — January 11th, 2017

Fantastic news at the Ockel HQ this morning, a total of 1 million dollars have been raised over the 3 campaigns we ran (more…)

Ockel Sirius A Stretch goal No.1

By Tim van Hout — December 15th, 2016

Last week we revealed the first stretch goal for the Ockel Sirius A Indiegogo Campaign.

The Avanca International team will create a special Ockel Sirius A ToughGlass, so you can protect the display of your mini PC. Best of all, we are offering you this amazing product (retail price approximately 25 USD) for free if we reach our milestone.

As for any stretch goal we’ve set a funding goal. Once we reach the 500.000-dollar mark, we’ll add a free Ockel Sirius A ToughGlass to every Sirius A or Sirius A Pro order.

Indiegogo Blogpost

By Tim van Hout — December 12th, 2016

Tess Murphy, interviewed our team member Nathalie about the Ockel journey on Indiegogo. (more…)

First stretch goal

By Tim van Hout — December 5th, 2016

We are happy to announce our first stretch goal: The Ockel Sirius A ToughGlass tempered glass protector. To make sure something like this won’t happen to your Sirius A: (more…)

Development update

By Tim van Hout — November 14th, 2016

We have had an amazing week. Our Founder and CEO Tim and Product Manager Jesper visited Asia to meet with several of our technical partners (more…)

Ockel Sirius A: InDemand

By Tim van Hout — November 9th, 2016

We’ve reached the end of the official Ockel Sirius A campaign time and we couldn’t be more happy with the incredible result. We thank the backer so much for their support. They have made this happen! (more…)

Visiting the Queen

By Tim van Hout — November 1st, 2016

Last week our founder Tim visited the Dutch ‘Groeikamer’ event. An event that aims to increase the growth potential for Dutch companies. Our Queen Máxima visited the event as well (more…)

Meet the Ockel Sirius A Pro

By Tim van Hout — October 27th, 2016

We have very exciting news to share with you! Our backers shared so many great ideas and suggestions to make the Ockel Sirius A an even better product. Survey responses have made us decide to introduce the Ockel Sirius A Pro. (more…)

Amsterdam Dance Event

By Tim van Hout — October 21st, 2016

Last Wednesday we were at the Amsterdam Dance Event where the top 100 DJ’s of the world were announced. We were invited backstage (more…)

Campaign progress

By Nathalie — October 18th, 2016

First of all, we are so happy to see how well our campaign is progressing. The Ockel Sirius A campaign had a fantastic start and the funding counter is now showing an impressive 250%+ funded mark. (more…)

Funded in 1 day

By Nathalie — October 6th, 2016

We have reached our funding goal. The launch of the Sirius A has been fantastic. Our backers made this happen! (more…)

The Ockel Sirius A is now available on Indiegogo

By Nathalie — October 4th, 2016

We are very excited to let you know that we just hit the ‘launch’ button and that your super early bird offer for the Ockel Sirius A is now available on Indiegogo. You will get a discount of 29% off the final retail price and a free powerbank worth $69. (more…)

Behind the scenes

By Tim van Hout — September 20th, 2016

Every Indiegogo campaign comes with a short video. Last week we shot the Sirius A campaign video in the city where Ockel was born, The Hague. We can’t wait to show our video masterpiece to you all. Are you curious about the team behind Ockel Computers? Meet us here

The end is just the start

By Nathalie — August 26th, 2016

The Ockel Kickstarter campaign was an exciting journey. Within 30 days our campaign was 110% funded. During the campaign we received many requests, suggestions and other very usable input.

The Sirius B and Sirius B Black Cherry are both still available for purchase. Our Kickstarter campaign is now in its ‘Spotlight’ stage.

IFA Berlin

By Nathalie — August 26th, 2016

Our team launched Ockel last year during IFA, the largest European trade show for consumer electronics, in Berlin, Germany. At that stage we couldn’t have dreamed about the (more…)

We made it!

By Nathalie — August 24th, 2016

Today is a great day for us at Ockel. We have reached the magic $45.000 mark. At this moment we’re even well above the set campaign goal. (more…)

So close…

By Jesper — August 22nd, 2016

We’ve had an amazing weekend over here at Ockel. Last Friday, before sharing the great news regarding the Sirius B Black Cherry production, our funding counters had hit the 91% mark. The best moment (more…)

Kickstarter: Almost there…

By Jesper — August 19th, 2016

In the last week our funding counter increased from 70% to 92%. We have a couple of days left and we’ve almost reached our goal.

We’re happy to announce that we’ve successfully finalized the testing and tweaking process of the (more…)

Halfway!

By Tim van Hout — August 5th, 2016

Today was an exciting day for the Ockel team. We reached 50% of our funding goal! (more…)

How to use the free Splashtop Wired XDisplay app to turn your Android phone or tablet in a second screen for your Ockel PC

By Jesper — July 22nd, 2016

We’ve already written about using your iPhone or iPad as a screen for your Ockel. However, if you are an Android user, this new blog might turn out to be handy. Wouldn’t it be easy to use your Android smartphone or tablet as a screen for your Ockel? In this article we’ll explain you how to do this in the most convenient way with the Splashtop Wired XDisplay app. (more…)

How to use the Duet Display app to turn your iPhone or iPad in a second screen for your Ockel PC  

By Jesper — May 4th, 2016

Sometimes one screen just isn’t enough. Whether you’re working in two or more spreadsheets, or doing research for a blog, two monitors simply make it easier to work in multiple windows and boost your productivity. Wouldn’t it be great to use your iPad (or iPhone), as a screen for your Ockel Sirius B or Ockel Sirius B Black Cherry? In this article we’ll explain you how to do this by using the Duet Display application. (more…)

How to easily re-install Windows 10

By Jesper — April 26th, 2016

Ever wanted to re-install Windows 10? With our step-by-step guide we will explain you how to do this all by yourself. A Windows 10 (re)installation might be necessary when you’re experiencing booting errors or if you purchased a Ockel device without operating system. You’ll need a Windows PC with Internet connection, a USB Flash Drive with at least 8GB of free storage (and no other data on the flash drive) and a Sirius B connected with a keyboard and mouse in order to complete this guide. (more…)

How to back-up your files, the easy way

By Jesper — April 7th, 2016

Losing valuable data is something many people have experienced in the past. Backing up data is something fairly easy to set-up and we’ll help you to prevent losing data ever again. (more…)

How to enable the legendary Windows 10 GodMode

By Jesper — March 10th, 2016

Are you tired of switching between the Control Panel and the Settings menu on your Ockel Sirius B (or any other Windows 10 PC for that matter), looking for lost settings? There is a way to access all settings and controls in one place and it’s called GodMode. Yes, that’s correct: GodMode. (more…)

We are happy to introduce…

By Nathalie — November 26th, 2015

We want to thank our supporters for all their creative ideas for the upgraded edition of the Ockel Sirius B. We received dozens of e-mails and based on their input and several hours of brainstorming we decided on a name for our ‘black dwarf’. We are happy to introduce you to (more…)

Production has started

By Nathalie — November 14th, 2015

We want to share some exciting news with you: the first production run has started and hundreds (more…)

Gadget box waiting for our top referrer

By Tim van Hout — November 6th, 2015

We know many of you already shared our campaign on your blog, Facebook page or Twitter timeline and we want to thank you for that. Instead of saying thanks (more…)

100.000-dollar mark

By Nathalie — November 2nd, 2015

The weather forecast indicates it is going to rain later this week in the Netherlands, but for us the sun is shining. The number of contributors increased at a speed we never imagined and we reached the 100.000-dollar mark in only 4 days. We want to thank you for your massive support, positive comments and critical questions that help us to make the best out of this project.

We sold out all our early bird perks with a pre-installed version of Windows 10. That’s why we’ve added two new perks: a 189-USD perk with a pre-installed version of Windows 10 and a complete perk with a 64GB Micro SD card included at 214 USD. If you know anyone who could be interested in joining the campaign, help us spread the word!

While we’re on the subject of spreading the word: later this week we’ll launch a referral contest for the Sirius B. If you’re in for a box full of gadgets worth over $1000, this might be something for you…. Stay tuned!

We’ve reached our goal

By Nathalie — October 29th, 2015

Do you remember waking up as a child on your birthday or Christmas morning, nervous about a present that might be waiting for you? We felt the same this morning, anxious to see how the Ockel Sirius B project had developed overnight.

We couldn’t have asked for a better gift, because in less than 24 hours, we’ve reached our goal. And you made that happen. So thank you! We are looking forward to ship your Ockel Sirius B before Christmas.

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