Deta aims to revolutionize personal computers by introducing a new cloud-based operating system.
Cloud-based workstations have traditionally been designed to offer virtual machines that users can access from any location and run applications continuously. However, Deta, a company based in Berlin, is attempting to revolutionize this concept by creating a new operating system that functions like an infinite canvas, along with a personal cloud space.
Deta was established in 2019 by Mustafa Abdelhai and Max Eusterbrock, with operations in both Berlin and New York. The company embarked on the development of a new operating system and a space, with the guiding principle of enabling individuals to have control over their data within applications.
Today, Deta is unveiling its Space for public testing. However, it may not be fully ready for the average user, as the interface and app ecosystem could benefit from further refinement. Deta Space features a "Horizon" interface, akin to an endless whiteboard. Users can navigate through the board in "stretches," which serve as homepage versions of the SpaceOS.
Users have the freedom to create anything, including a text box, an embedded link, an installed app, a webcam stream, or a YouTube video card. The initial interface appears as collections of "stretches" or pages filled with apps or widgets.
Deta has already built an ecosystem of apps for note-taking, text editing, AI chatbot interaction, link organization, image and file hosting, and gaming. Users can attach all these apps to their Space and export their personal data with just a few clicks.
Deta provides a straightforward SDK and supports most development languages, excluding those that require their own virtual machines like Java. The company offers a fully managed server and database system, relieving developers of infrastructure concerns. Deta also plans to introduce monetization for developers in the near future.
Users can explore these apps via the "Discovery" app store. Deta has begun reviewing apps submitted by developers, and those that pass the review will receive a "Verified by Deta" label. However, developers can still submit apps without undergoing a review. The company is relying on the fact that other users can view the app's code, although this requires time and effort from other developers. Moreover, non-technical users may not have the skills to inspect the app.
A key feature of Deta Space is Teletype, a context-aware assistant with AI capabilities. Even users without coding skills can instruct Teletype to create apps like timers and stopwatches simply by describing them.
Deta has secured $3.6 million in a seed funding round led by Crane Venture Partners, with contributions from System.One, Tomahawk.VC, Tiny.VC, Acequia Capital, Angel Invest, and NPHard.
The company plans to use this funding to further develop Deta Space. One feature in the works is app interoperability, which will allow users to invoke one app from another. For example, a response generated by ChatGPT could be saved in a notes app via the action button. Another scenario is typing a text string and having Teletype suggest apps for contextual action.
Deta is also working on an infinite Horizon interface, as opposed to limiting users to just six pages or "stretches."
The company plans to release a new version of its SDK, SpaceKit 2.0, by the end of the year. This will allow developers to directly incorporate AI into their apps for improved interoperability.
Companies like Shadow have offered fully configured PCs at a set price, enabling users to access Windows from anywhere. Deta, on the other hand, is encouraging users to embrace a completely new operating system and app ecosystem. Currently, it provides 5GB of storage per user and does not charge for platform usage. However, the startup may introduce charges in the future...