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.
Pholio sets your photos and videos free
Have you got thousands of photos saved in the cloud, on hard drives, mobile devices or computers? Does the thought of searching through countless files and folders put you off looking through them?
What personal treasures may be hidden in your life's collections? If you feel your photos and videos are stuck in digital limbo...
Say hello to Pholio
Pholio puts your entire life’s photos back at your finger-tips.
Pholio is your own secure personal image archive. Once connected, it collects all of your digital photos and videos together - wherever they are saved - and automatically indexes them on the Pholio device.
Pholio uses the latest visual recognition technology to make your searching effortless. Photos and videos you thought might have been lost forever can now be found within seconds.
Where will your photos take you?
No more opening scans and tediously searching folders and files: Pholio takes you straight to the people, places and times you want to go to.
Pholio learns from you as you use it, helping you to discover (and rediscover) the photos and videos you most want to see. With swift, smart search at your fingertips, you can bring back special moments whenever you want to remember and share.
It's all in your hands
Pholio is a secure photo box - only you have access to your stored images and videos, and you decide who sees them.
• Pholio is open to all the family, whether browsing on PC/Mac, tablet or
• Pholio is ‘user-trained’: it personalises to the searcher, finding the images they
care about most and allowing them to create their own specialist classifiers
• Pholio has fast, accurate face detection and recognition so you can navigate to
the people you want to see. You just tap on a face in an image and you’ll
instantly find more content of that person
• Pholio’s discovery mode gives you effortless browsing, guided by your content
search. Sit back and navigate through years of images, swiping right for ‘more
like that’ or left for ‘less like that’
• Pholio can search within videos to find your favourite moment or go to the
perfect still shot, all without you having to watch full playback
• Pholio makes all your collections searchable from within your private box; with
options for encrypted back-up services for added security (coming soon)
How Pholio works
We trained Pholio in the lab by showing it millions of images with a wide range of
content. It learnt how to create a unique summary of the contents of any images so it
can recognise and classify faces, objects and even scenes it had never seen before.
We have built in 20,000 custom search terms which can run totally offline and if the
box is connected to the internet then you can search for anything.
Pholio will recognise and remember, creating new classifiers dynamically when you are
searching through your content.
Flexible processing and storage
Depending on your requirements Pholio can either make a full resolution copy of your
original collections on the box or you can select to just store a Pholio optimised format of
each photo and video to reduce your overall storage capacity needs.
If you already have
ample photo and video storage in place then the optimised format option will create a
smaller version of each image and video (3-4MB per image and a 720p video) to keep locally
on the box - Pholio will still provide a link through to each original file if you need to quickly
Pholio comes with 500GB storage which is more than enough capacity for most personal
collections but for those who do want more storage we have created the Pholio Pro which
comes with 2TB on-device.
Pholio - explainer/demo videos
These are a set of short videos showing how each of the main features of Pholio works.
1. Introducing Pholio
2. Date view
3. Image and Video search
4. On the fly search
5. Image view
6. Create new classifier
7. Improve classifier
8. Face navigation
Pholio in the media
Risks and challenges
The Pholio system has been in development for the last 3 years. It is now fully operational and has been in regular usage for the past 12 months.
Your pledges will allow us to cover costs for our initial batches of production, including injection moulding tools (to date we have been using 3D printed product housing).
Pholio's risks are restricted to changing lead-times on the main electronic components and injection mould creation. These are being actively managed by the team and we will keep all backers updated if anything changes vs the shipping dates shown on all pledge levels. We have also given suppliers forward notification of volume expectations to aid supply.
We fully expect to start shipping a number of units in time for Christmas.
For less than the cost of a takeaway coffee you can become a fully signed up supporter of the Pholio project. You get to tell all your friends that you are part of the crusade to set everyone's photos and video free, you get to have your name listed on the Pholio.io product site and you get to suggest a term of your choosing, (object, animal or thing), for us to classify and add into Pholio's in-built search dictionary.
Be one of the first people on the planet to take back control of your personal photo and video collections with a Pholio box. Who knows where your Pholio will take you. This package is for the standard Pholio device with 500GB storage.
If size is your thing then look no further than the Pholio Pro. All the power and flexibility of Pholio with greater storage to hold those larger photo and video collections. Pholio Pro comes with 2TB of storage as standard.
Receive one of the first Pholio devices and a personal invitation into the Pholio office to spend half a day with some of the smartest machine learning brains in the country and discuss ideas for future Pholio development.
You will be invited into the office on a set day to pick-up your box from the team, spend some time with us brainstorming ideas for future development and share a tasty lunch. A very unique and special opportunity.