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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 29 2014
$18,489
pledged of $500,000pledged of $500,000 goal
97
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 29 2014

About

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Reasons to support us - Short Story

  • "Hackers Access At Least 100,000 Snapchat Photos And Prepare To Leak Them, Including Underage Nude Pictures" - Business Insider
  • "Parents say it’s a form of digital kidnapping. Instagram isn’t sure what to say." - Fast Company
  • "Wake up: The celebrity nudes hack is everyone's problem" - ZDNET
  • "Every time you post about your child on social media ...... experts suggest we should exercise more caution" - The Guardian
  • "What NOT To Post On Facebook: 13 Things You Shouldn't Tell Your Facebook Friends" - Huffington Post
  • "The old adage of putting one's eggs all in one basket is particularly relevant in this case. The answer should always be to trust no-one ......." - ZDNET
  • "It's Your Data — But Others Are Making Billions Off It"  - Mashable

Breaches of personal data are constantly in the news these days.

So, what should we do, become hermits? Possible, but not practical. We believe the answer is to give you, the user, full control over your digital stuff - literally - The Egg fits in the palm of your hand.

If you agree with our mission, support us by pledging. You can pledge at $1, $2, $3.....any amount shows that you support our mission. You can get The Egg as a reward starting at $199. Hope you've decided to support us after watching the video and reading the short story. If not, please proceed to the Long Story.

Reasons to support us - Long Story

The Egg

The Egg is your Personal Web Server for all your digital stuff that you care about and want to share selectively.

  • Your shared content is not tracked or scanned by cloud services.
  • Your personal information remains unmistakably yours and not theirs.
  • Your personal content and Egg website (yourname.eggcyte.com) are all contained on your Egg.

Press

From Bolivia to Ukraine to China, they're talking about The Egg!
From Bolivia to Ukraine to China, they're talking about The Egg!

Why are we doing this?

We all use the web constantly in our daily lives for searching, social sharing, emails, storing our photos, videos, music and files. It is easy to use, convenient and free. Well, it’s not exactly free.

While we don’t pay for many of these cloud services, the fact is, we are giving up our personal information in order to use them ("It's Your Data — But Others Are Making Billions Off It" - John Havens, Mashable). It is said that if you are getting something for free, you are no longer the customer, you are the product being sold. We do not want to be the "product being sold" anymore.

It isn't that bad, is it?

The providers of these "free" services are using our content, our likeness, tracking our searches, tracking our sharing habits and our social lives. ("New Facebook Policies Sell Your Face And Whatever It Infers" - Anthony Kosner)

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They’re scanning our emails so they can sell targeted ads to us. Even the government has gotten into the act by indiscriminately vacuuming up our web and telephone activities.

You see, the cloud services companies take advantage of the fact that most of us don’t know how to buy a domain, set up a website and program it to do what we want. So, what choice do we have but to click the "Accept" button when they show us the license agreement to use their service.

We don’t believe this is a fair trade. In fact, we believe that consumers are getting a raw deal.

Time to change things and give ourselves a choice

  • We believe the answer is to give you, the user, more control over your stuff and thoughts.

  • We believe you should still be able to share your photos, videos, music, files and your social lives without having to rely on the so-called free cloud services.

  • We believe that it is important for the solution to be beautiful and functional.

Our Solution

We created The Egg, a personal Web server that lets you share your content without losing control of it to a cloud company.

  • If you are someone that wonders why someone posted a status update on Facebook with a picture or video of something that they should clearly have kept private ("5 Things You Should Never Post on Facebook" - Andy O'Donnell), then The Egg is for you.

  • If you are someone that uses emails instead of Twitter or Facebook or Instagram to send information like documents or pictures to a small group of folks ("No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook" - Barbara Ortutay), then The Egg is for you.

  • If you have tons of pictures and videos scattered all over the place on digital cameras, computers, smartphones, flip cameras, etc. ("Scattered Clouds" - Swami Kumaresan) and you'd love to get it all in one place without a lot of work, then The Egg is for you.

The Egg has 64/128/256GB of storage space and a battery that provides about 10-12 hours of active use when away from a power outlet. The Egg is also an access point that allows you and others to view your content even if there is no available wireless connection.

Early trial users have used The Egg to do the following things:

  • Share pictures of their kids with parents who are overseas when they are not comfortable putting all pictures on Facebook ("No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook" - Barbara Ortutay).

  • Band members that don't want to use Soundcloud ("Will SoundCloud Dance to Its Own Tune or Will It Pay the Piper?" - Stephan Dorner) have shared early recordings of new material that they've created with other band members.

  • Kids have put videos and cartoons on The Egg and watched them from The Egg using the built-in access point even when there was no Wi-Fi present.

  • Share sensitive documents like legal and health information that they don't feel comfortable putting in the cloud. ("Why You Shouldn't Share Your Good Credit Score on Facebook" - Kimberly Palmer)

We started promoting The Egg to a small group of our friends and family. We are delighted with the positive feedback we received and are greatly encouraged by all of their kind words.

  • "very relevant for people craving for anonymity"
  • "speggtacular..."
  • "the need of the hour"
  • "that is so cool.....I want one"
  • "Fantastic! A star is born!!"
  • "EGG on the go.....great product, great idea..."

Does the look-and-feel of the product matter?

We think so and we worked very hard to make even our early prototypes and developer platforms usable by our developers and trial users so that we could get ample feedback on what worked and what didn't.

We partnered with Big Bang, a leading design firm based out of Atlanta, to develop the industrial design and look-and-feel of the product. Our inspiration was the egg, which is the container for things that are very precious which eventually become things that are even more wonderful in nature.

We think the industrial design of The Egg represents this feeling and hope you do also.

Developers Wanted

As mentioned earlier, we believe that The Egg takes the first step towards helping the user regain control of their stuff. However, we truly believe that we will only achieve this goal through the contributions of many incredibly talented and innovative developers out there. To that end, we will start by shipping The Egg with 10 of the most promising services/capabilities from the Developer community.

Product Specifications

The Egg is roughly half the size of a smartphone. It uses an Intel Atom-class application processor. It has Wi-Fi for Connectivity and a 2.4” - 320 x 240 pixel color screen.

Content can be seamlessly imported into the Egg using USB or Wi-Fi and stored in 64/128/256GB of onboard Flash. You can leave the Egg plugged in and connected to your Wi-Fi at home or carry it with you and connect to any available Wi-Fi access point at a coffee shop or airport. When unplugged and during normal operation, the product is expected to have 10–12 hours of battery life.

Application Processor and OS
Intel® Atom™ Processor 
1GB RAM
64/128/256GB eMMC
OS: Tizen (final product will use current stable production release)

Connectivity
WiFi a/b/g/n, BT4.0
Micro-USB 2.0 type-AB with USB charging

Audio
Vibra motor (haptics + silent ringtones)
Speaker notifications

Display
Size: 2.4” Multi-Touch capacitive touch TFT
Resolution: 240x320; 262K colors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor

Battery
Li-Ion Battery Pack
4.35V, 910mAh

Your help is all that's needed

We've come a long way since a group of us first had discussions about the need for something like The Egg. Since then, over two years of research and development have passed and we now have EVT (Engineering Verification Testing) units (shown in the video). The units have passed FCC certification which allows them to be used by our Development team and Trial users.

The next step is to take the product through DVT (Design Verification Testing) where we verify the completeness of the design, including mechanicals, electrical, and software.

Finally, we'll go through the PVT (Production Verification Testing) stage where we ensure that we can manufacture large quantities of The Egg and do so with the required quality.

We need your help to get through these stages so that we can deliver quality product that helps us achieve our mission.

Timeline

December 2014 - Begin shipping first of the rewards
January 2015
- Enter DVT
March 2015
- Exit DVT, Enter PVT
June 2015
- Exit PVT, Begin shipping first units as rewards

Rewards

Thanks!

Thanks for taking the time to come and visit our campaign page and to support us. We couldn't do this without you.

Please follow our progress on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.

If you've pledged already, please help us spread the word on The Egg

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Risks and challenges

Having come from companies such as Intel, C-Cube and DivX, we consider ourselves to be very experienced and capable, but we are human and we make mistakes and miss things. That being said, our experience helps us to be deliberate about recognizing the problem, understanding it and fixing it. We've worked with third-party suppliers before and recognize the pros and cons of such relationships and will manage the project to mitigate the usual risks that exist.

Specifically, in hardware projects, component sourcing, especially lead times, is the biggest risk. In situations such as this, we look for alternate components with similar functionality, purchasing components on the gray market and paying a premium.

Additionally, there is always the probability of mechanical issues that are discovered only after a number of units of the product have been manufactured and are put through their paces. The worst case scenario is that this requires modifications to the hard tooling, which we don't anticipate. In a scenario such as this, we'll look at numerous stopgap measures that allow redesign and production of limited units in a shorter time period.

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