A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Why Would Anyone Want An IOT Cloud?
The vast majority of computing is not done in the cloud but instead done at the 'edge' where the processing happens. This is why it is known as edge computing.
All processing that doesn't need to happen in the cloud and instead happens locally can be done with IOT devices.
Examples of this are:
And by using an IOT Edge Solution, one can easily scale as they need to. Our existing model comes as an out of the box solution but as you need to add more computing power, You simple add a new power management layer with additional IOT resources (see below).
Introducing The First Portable Cloud
We wanted to build the Portable Cloud(tm) because of a current lack of IOT hardware for edge solutions. We originally built it to reduce our development costs in the cloud; by moving our development and testing to a localized cloud, we were able to reduce monthly cloud costs to 1/10 of what they previously were.
Businesses should have a low cost alternative onsite that allows an alternative to monthly hosting within your local environment and a way to localize microservices.
The Portable Cloud(tm) also allows for an endpoint for the transportation industry that needs high-end computing with low energy and a small footprint; the device autodetects wifi connections and will autoconnect to keep your processes running normally.
The 'Portable Cloud' is the first of its kind to allow a 'Cloud On The Go'; where you can take a cloud anywhere with you, run it on any wireless service and run distributed architectures and applications without issue.
The following are a few applications we have already used it for...
Perfect For Development
Want to do testing or local development but don't want to pay Amazon for 3-4 instances per developer? Buy our 'portable cloud'! It's perfect for when you want to be able to have a simple cloud test/development environment without the huge cost.
In fact, pay for 1 box and get the same as 3-4 medium instances for 1 month without the month to month cost.
Great for Teaching / Demos
Often times you can talk about your architecture with slides but with microservices, it is hard for people to understand without seeing it in action. With our 'portable cloud' solution, you can demo and show the architecture along with your software and give people a better idea of how the software/microservices work with the architecture.
Each box consists of 3 swappable 'NODES' comprised of 6 IOT nodes. These nodes are bundles in 3 separate layers for easier wiring:
... and these nodes in turn can be used in the box or with external clusters. We plan to sell the nodes separate so you can also extend the boxes, create swappable units or whatever!
Great with Alternative Power Sources
We have successfully tested the servers with:
Photovoltaic cells (solar)
12 volt cigarette lighter in your car
12 volt dc battery
The unit is highly portable and can be used in a variety of environments where low power consumption and space is highly important
What is the Cost?
We want to hit a price point of $650 for the starting model and will be offering all the expansion components for sale as well.
When Does Production Begin?
Regardless of whether we hit our goal or not, we will order all parts and begin manufacturing 2 months after the kickstarter ends. We expect a max of 10 units a day can easily be built and shipped initially (200 units/mn). Should we need to hire additional help, we can easily ramp up and automate processes.
Our initial process is extremely simplified so we can achieve our initial goals and also extend our offering quickly to offer advanced features and newer models should demand be large enough as well.
When Do You Start Shipping?
Stated ship date will be 1 month after funds have cleared (or 3 months after beginning of Kickstarter) giving us 1 month for all parts to arrive, pre-fabrication to be done and post-production and assembly to occur. This leave us with a 1 month buffer for error.
We plan to ship to donors first and foremost from highest ranking to lowest (in that order). So the more you donate, the better
Risks and challenges
Now that we have a complete prototype tested and working, the only risk we currently have is if we don't get half the funding. We need to at least hit HALF the funding and then we can make up the rest on our own but we are aiming high.
Even then, we can still make up the rest or do a smaller run.
We've reduced all potential risk in this first version to a very minimal set of requirements to meet initial needs and simplify manufacturing so that we can focus on supplying software as demand grows and improving on the initial design.
This is a very basic pledge to just tell us you like what we are doing and to provide a small pledge amount.
In gratitude, we will send a MicroSD card holder for all your IOT projects. This little holder can fit in your wallet and is a godsend for keeping track of your MicroSD cards for all your IOT projects. We use them all the time!
We think you'll enjoy this and get alot of use out of it!
If you are willing to pledge the extra mile, I'm willing to build you one today. Naturally it will cost a little extra because I have to pay more AND you are going to be supporting the project but I'll throw in a t-shirt for free. :)
Please allow a couple weeks for build and delivery as I will need to get all parts in on a 'as needed' basis.