France's Miraxess in announcing a series A fundraise of €2.5 million (source) to further ameliorate its emerging range of consumer electronics, including its forthcoming Mirabook product that streams laptop workflows from the user's smartphone.
Mirabook looks just like a laptop but inside there's nothing more than a passive terminal, receiving operating system commands from the user's smartphone. There's also the option of buying a Mirabook-specific dock to plug the smartphone into.
The first Mirabooks in Miraxess's native France will run from its contract factory lines sometime next year. However it's already been marketing the machines to some notable clients, for instance working across the Channel to serve English police forces and also to certain Irish customers.
In England, there's a clear use case as English detectives have complained about the time it takes to dispatch routine crime details from the scene, effectively meaning hours are spent dealing with paperwork. Mirabooks may be a more efficient option here, and may also reduce the cyber attack surface associated with adding a Windows-driven machine. Apparently, the product also slashes 56% from the emissions profile of a traditional laptop.
Yanis Anteur, CEO and co-founder of Miraxess, said: "Thanks to our solutions, we allow each company to maintain the ergonomics of using a PC by optimising its digital infrastructures and allowing more digital sobriety."
Its potential has attracted Samsung's attention. The South Korean consumer tech giant has been lending a hand promotionally through its DeX technology, which ports laptop OS interfaces over to Android-powered Galaxy smartphones.
And Miraxess is aiming high on the back of the new funding. It's certainly an interesting vision, smartphone owners already tap their handsets more often than making phone calls, and Miraxess believes its tech could see them become a de facto computer for "professionals on the move."
Within the next 10 years, it aims to become a major European business-to-consumer electronics name and will start grafting toward that objective this week in Las Vegas with presentations from its CES booth.
Among expansion plans, Miraxess has decided to shift its head office northbound to a new French location, in the Grand Est region. Previously based in Lyon, Miraxess is apparently moving to ease supply chain relays to Miraxess's newly-announced manufacturing partner, the Euronext-listed 2CRSI.
Miraxess chief technology officer Paul-Emile René, a seasoned practitioner of embedded software engineering, said: "It is gratifying to have been chosen by Capital Grand Est and Finovam Gestion to push our innovations.
"The Grand Est region welcomes us with generosity and our ambition is to contribute to the relocation efforts of this historic tech industrial basin."