KOLOA — Aidan and Reagan Wilson are not conventional teenagers.
You won’t find them playing endless hours of video games or glued to their smartphones. You won’t find them resting on the beach, either.
Instead, Aidan, 16, and Reagan, 13, are busy creating a technology company that is revolutionizing the concept of customized computers.
“Right when I get back from school, I come down here (to the garage),” Reagan said. “We go from the morning and all the way until 12 at night sometimes. I mean we’ll come up for lunch and stuff and hang out, but this is the workshop.”
“Solomon Technologies” was created from a passion for building computers. Aidan’s interest started when he was 7, when he began taking apart his dad’s old computers.
“That led to me building my first computer and that started my passion for building even more. And that sparked the whole company,” Aidan told The Garden Island.
The brothers have built computers designed for large workloads and graphic-intensive tasks. The computers they build are constructed to the exact specifications of the buyer, down to the smallest detail.
“With a Mac, you get what you get. But with this, you get the computer exactly how you want it,” Reagan said.
What’s unique about Solomon’s computers is that they are water-cooled, as opposed to standard devices that use fans to lower the hardware’s temperature.
The lower the temperature, the faster a computer runs. And Aidan believes he has built the fastest water-cooling computer on the island.
“I’ve looked around a lot. I haven’t seen a liquid cooling computer like this with top-of-the-line parts,” he said.
The brothers don’t want to just make computers, however. They have patents pending on a new way to cool down computers.
“If the whole point for the computer is to be quieter, why have any moving parts at all? Why not just have a bigger radiator that can handle those temperatures?” Aidan said. “I have two patent-pending designs for cooling computers more efficiently. This one is called Project Pulse. It’s kind of like an exploded radiator and it allows you to cool a computer without the use of fans. It’s cooler, it’s quieter and it’s completely passive.”
The brothers’ workshop, a redesigned garage that would rival Tony Stark’s lab, is where the magic happens.
“This is their canvas,” said their father, Robert.
“There’s a lot of support to get kids off the beaches and develop these type of skills. This is just innovation, really,” he said.
Aidan and Reagan aren’t just building a brand. They’re also making an effort to teach others about computer customization and software.
This summer, the brothers plan to hold workshops to educate keiki about the importance of technology.
“The next generation is (artificial intelligence). The level of Reagan and Aidan’s skills, I kid you not. I’m not sure there’s any other kids at their age on the island with software skills like they have,” Robert said. “And the fact that they’re doing this work right here on this island is just awesome.”
Solomon has a YouTube channel to share recordings of the computer-building process, and are trying to build a social-media presence. Currently, they build and sell customized computers to business people from their father’s business contacts.
The most expensive build cost around $5,000.
When TGI asked the brothers what their long-term plans are for the company, Aidan simply answered that he didn’t know. He’s not thinking about what things will be like in five to 10 years, he’s more interested in the process.
“We’re focusing on making it a reality right now,” he said. “I see people all over social media and YouTube, just seeing people create these amazing computers and thinking that I could add my own style to it, too. I wanted to do something different.”
For more information on their new company, visit solomon-tech.com.