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By Anthony Weston
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About

WHAT IT IS: The "Ultra Password Cube" (Ultra PC) is a non-electronic device that is capable of generating and storing exceptionally robust passwords. Each Ultra PC device is unique and has the capacity to generate a virtually limitless number of distinct passwords. Moreover, the passwords produced by an Ultra PC device exhibit an extremely high degree of randomness. In fact, each Ultra PC device utilizes two distinct sources of randomness. One source of randomness occurs during manufacture using a cutting edge True Random Number Generator to generate the labels on the cube and the other arises from casual physical manipulation of the Ultra PC device by the user. These sources of randomness allow the user effortlessly to generate remarkably secure passwords in an entirely offline environment. Note that the red symbols on the Ultra PC device orient the cube spatially and help the user to choose highly randomized passwords.

Ultra PC devices are non-electronic and so they cannot be hacked online! This greatly minimizes the extent to which your online security, in any given context (such as banking), may be compromised by malicious third parties. Once configured, you may read off your passwords simply by glancing at your Ultra PC device. Even if a malicious third party sees your Ultra PC device, it is unlikely that they will be able to divine your passwords from the static device! Moreover, at any given point in time, you may change your passwords by simply physically manipulating your Ultra PC device to procure a new set of highly robust passwords.

OUR KICKSTARTER OBJECTIVE: Currently we are making Ultra Password Cubes on fairly a limited scale by hand. This is time consuming and laborious. We are seeking Kickstarter funding in order to allow us to explore manufacturing options for producing Ultra Password Cubes on a larger scale, thereby bringing the Ultra PCs to a larger community of password conscious users.

ABOUT US: Both inventors, Petrus Potgieter and Anthony Weston, are mathematical scientists with an avid interest in online security. The Ultra PC is the result of two years of intensive research and development. We are most excited to be bringing the Ultra PC to the Kickstarter community. One you start using an Ultra PC your password problems will become history!

SPECIAL THANKS: We'd like to extend a very special thank you to both our filmmaker Kalpana Subramanian and her colleague Caroline Doherty for their invaluable help with our video! :)

OUR REWARDS SET-UP:

In addition to Ultra PCs, many of the rewards that we intend to offer will incorporate wildlife photography by Anthony Weston. The wildlife images below are the result of five years of winter photography by Anthony in countries such as Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. They reflect thousands of hours of field work with some of the best guides and professional wildlife photographers in Southern Africa. All images were taken with a FUJIFILM X-T1 mirrorless digital camera using a FUJINON XF100 - 400mm F4.5 - 5.6 R LM OIS WR LENS.

(1) An Ultra PC mouse pad.

Ultra Password Cube mouse pad (series deluxe)
Ultra Password Cube mouse pad (series deluxe)

(2) A Touch of Zen 2019 desk calendar featuring 13 unique wildlife images by Anthony Weston.

A Touch of Zen 2019 desk calendar
A Touch of Zen 2019 desk calendar

 (3) A set of 50 Cat Power! postcards by Anthony Weston.

Cat Power! postcards by Anthony Weston
Cat Power! postcards by Anthony Weston

(4) A deluxe Three Musketeers! coffee mug.

Three Musketeers! by Anthony Weston
Three Musketeers! by Anthony Weston

(5) A unique Wildlife of Southern Africa spiral bound 8.5 x 11 inch 2019 calendar of photographs by Anthony Weston. These calendars are printed on premium glossy card stock and the dimensions are those of the image!

Wildlife of Southern Africa 2019
Wildlife of Southern Africa 2019

(6) A set of four high gloss cork-backed beverage coasters with a classic Look Into My Eyes! lioness image by Anthony Weston. These are gorgeous!

LIME! coasters by Anthony Weston
LIME! coasters by Anthony Weston

(7) A custom built Ultra Password Cube assembled by the inventors.

Ultra PC (sitting in a bowl of Modjadji beads - not included)
Ultra PC (sitting in a bowl of Modjadji beads - not included)

(8) A limited edition 20 x 30 inch "Giants of Chobe" photographic print by Anthony Weston. All prints will be on high quality archival Fujifilm original photographic paper.

Giants of Chobe by Anthony Weston
Giants of Chobe by Anthony Weston

(9) A limited edition 20 x 30 inch "Touch of Zen" photographic print by Anthony Weston. All prints will be on high quality archival Fujifilm original photographic paper.

A Touch of Zen by Anthony Weston
A Touch of Zen by Anthony Weston

(10) A limited edition 20 x 30 inch "Super Feline Majesty!" photographic print by Anthony Weston. All prints will be on high quality archival Fujifilm original photographic paper.

Super Feline Majesty! by Anthony Weston
Super Feline Majesty! by Anthony Weston

(11) A limited edition 20 x 30 inch "Leaves of Grass Lioness" photographic print by Anthony Weston. All prints will be on high quality archival Fujifilm original photographic paper.

Golden Lioness by Anthony Weston
Golden Lioness by Anthony Weston

(12) A limited edition 20 x 30 inch "Seeing triple!" photographic print by Anthony Weston. All prints will be on high quality archival Fujifilm original photographic paper.

Seeing triple! by Anthony Weston
Seeing triple! by Anthony Weston

(13) A limited edition 20 x 30 inch "Big cat noir!" photographic print by Anthony Weston. All prints will be on high quality archival Fujifilm original photographic paper.

Big cat noir! by Anthony Weston
Big cat noir! by Anthony Weston

Risks and challenges

We are seeking funding from the Kickstarter community in order develop ways to automate the manufacture of Ultra Password Cubes. Design of the Ultra Password Cube is 100% complete and we are currently able to make the cubes on a small scale by hand. This, however, is labour intensive and time consuming. So, although we have completely viable prototypes of the Ultra Password Cube and an ability to construct unique working Ultra Password Cubes at will, we cannot currently do so on a large scale. The greatest challenge we face is being able to manufacture Ultra Password Cubes on a large scale. It is, however, evident that the manufacturing challenges are not that great given the simplicity of our underlying design for the Ultra Password Cubes. We feel that there is a real and pressing need for people to be able to generate robust passwords offline in order to protect their critical information (such as banking details and medical records) online. The risks are small.

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    Give us a kiss!

    It is a Nick Cave song but please consider making a pledge without a reward to support our Ultra Password Cube project! :)

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    Ultra Password Cube mouse pad

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    A Touch of Zen desk calendar

    A Touch of Zen desk 2019 calendar featuring 13 unique wildlife images. All photographs taken by Anthony Weston in Southern Africa. Some of the images seen below will appear in the calendar. This calendar will make for a unique gift!

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    Cat Power! leopard postcards

    50 "Cat Power!" leopard postcards by Anthony Weston. Please note that these high quality postcards are completely blank on the reverse side. The leopard image on the postcards may be seen below or by copying the following URL into the address field of a browser:

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    Three Musketeers! coffee mug

    Dazzle your friends with a Three Musketeers! coffee mug! The photograph on the mug was taken by Anthony Weston. The image on the mug may be seen below or by copying the following URL into the address field of a browser:

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    Southern African Wildlife wall calendar

    A unique Wildlife of Southern Africa spiral bound 8.5 x 11 inch 2019 wall calendar of photographs by Anthony Weston. These calendars are printed on premium glossy card paper and the dimensions are those of the image! Some of the images seen below will appear in the calendar. This calendar is of the highest production quality and it will make for a unique gift!

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    LIME! high gloss cork-backed coasters

    A set of four high gloss cork-backed beverage coasters with a classic Look Into My Eyes! lioness image by Anthony Weston. These are gorgeous! The image on the coaster may be seen below or by copying the following URL into the address field of a browser:

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    Custom built Ultra Password Cube

    Receive your own unique, custom built, Ultra Password Cube assembled by one of the inventors! A simple set of instructions on how to utilise your Ultra PC to maximum effect will be included at no extra charge.

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    Giants of Chobe photographic print

    A limited edition 20 x 30 inch "Giants of Chobe" photographic print by Anthony Weston. All prints will be on archival quality Fujifilm original photographic paper. The image may be seen below or by copying the following URL into the address field of a browser:

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    These elephants are paying their respects to each other. They are walking along the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana. One of my all-time favourite photographs! - tony

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    This Chacma baboon was photographed from a hide in Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa. The colours and textures are glorious.

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    Super Feline Majesty! photographic print

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    This beautiful young female leopard was photographed in the northern reaches of the Madikwe Game Reserve (South Africa) last year. About 18 months old at the time the photograph was taken, she is one super cool leopard!

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    Golden Lioness photographic print

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    This photograph was taken in the southern reaches of the Madikwe Game Reserve (South Africa). She's a very beautiful lioness and not one to be fooled with!

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    These giraffe are on a waterhole in the Madikwe Game Reserve (South Africa). They don't always line up like this! :)

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    Despite appearances this male lion was photographed during the daytime. The light was coming in horizontally from a rapidly setting sun. Male lions never have it easy - every night is a battle, literally!

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