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"Jaguar Land Rover have backed at the Strategic Partner level, and are working with us to prototype yet more uses for The Egg"

“Many parents, rightfully so, do not want their child’s likeness shared on media outlets like Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. With the Egg, sharing content of kids with only their families on my self-contained secure Egg website is a breeze,” said Michael Buist, 5th grade teacher at Knox Gifted Academy. “The Egg also makes storage issues a thing of the past. If you’re running low on space on your device, simply plug in your phone to the Egg and all of the content will be transferred automatically.”

“With its secure data sharing and ease-of-use The Egg offers tremendous potential for use in healthcare,” said Dr. David Seftel, “Physicians are continually challenged by privacy considerations when sharing information with other physicians and patients. The Egg provides an exciting remedy for this.”

Introducing The Egg

The Egg is the industry’s first handheld ‘personal web’ device that makes space on ALL your devices when you need it most. The Egg lets you conveniently store, share and secure your personal content without using intrusive cloud services. With The Egg you can:

  • STORE : The Egg automatically moves content off your devices and seamlessly extends your phone, camera and other device storage so you’ll never run out of space on them.
  • SHARE : Instantly share HD videos of any length or photos with The Egg, including your personal music collection and movie collection.  Take The Egg with you or leave it plugged in at home.
  • SECURE : Use our Egg Apps to have complete control and access of the content on your Egg right from your phone.
  • And.....in cases of Emergency, the Egg can also be used to "Charge" other mobile devices through its 1800mAh battery and available USB port.

The Egg and Your Camera

The Egg is the perfect companion for Photographers and Videographers transporting their photo or video collection and creating all-important backups while making space on their cameras and other devices. Storing, Sharing and Securing events and memories on The Egg couldn't be easier. With the number of images and videos created by professionals, questionable upload speeds and availability of the network, uploading content to the cloud is seldom a viable option. The Egg is a lightweight and compact alternative to hauling around a PC and is the most practical way to ensure you'll never lose another important moment or memory because you ran out of space.

With The Egg:

  • Your shared content is not tracked or scanned by cloud services.
  • Your personal information remains unmistakably yours and not ‘theirs’ (all those cloud services).
  • Your personal content and personal website are all hosted on your Egg.

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The Egg and Your Camera

The Egg is the perfect companion for Photographers and Videographers transporting their photo or video collection and creating all-important backups while making space on their cameras and other devices. Storing, Sharing and Securing events and memories on The Egg couldn't be easier. With the number of images and videos created by professionals, questionable upload speeds and availability of the network, uploading content to the cloud is seldom a viable option. The Egg is a lightweight and compact alternative to hauling around a PC and is the most practical way to ensure you'll never lose another important moment or memory because you ran out of space.

This short video shows easy it is to import your photos and videos directly from your camera to The Egg:

This short video shows how easy it is to share a photo from your Egg once it's connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot. 

Keep in mind that in addition to the above method, you can share your Egg's photos using our iPhone and Android apps or a web browser on any device.

What Others Are Saying / Press

Product Description

The Egg is a personal web device that comes in a unique, carefully designed portable, handheld form factor that fits easily in a pocket or purse. Based on the Intel(R) Atom(TM) platform, The Egg has up to 256GB of on-board storage and a color touch screen to help you configure your Egg and see what's stored on it.

"The Intel® Atom™ processor offers secure, high-performance options with minimal power consumption to connect devices," said Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of the Internet of Things Group at Intel. "The Egg is an example of what can be built using Intel architecture to solve consumer technology problems such as secure media storage.”

The Egg contains a battery that provides around 12-16 hours of active use. The Egg is also a Wi-Fi access point that allows you and others to view your content even if there is no available wireless connection.

Automatically imports your content - Import directly from any phone, camera, GoPro or other USB device

The Egg's auto-import feature makes it a snap to import large videos and  photos directly from your camera or phone to The Egg using a USB cable. In addition, you can use the auto-synch feature that is part of the Egg iPhone and Android apps.

Simple to connect - Store and share remotely

The Egg is engineered with self-configuring Wi-Fi so you can easily connect to the Web and seamlessly store, access and share content right from your Egg using our iPhone and Android apps. If you're away from your phone, then the Egg is also accessible from any device with a web browser.

Wi-fi hotspot - Store and share locally

For those situations where you want to share content locally and there is no internet connection available, The Egg features a Wi-Fi hotspot. Perfect for watching movies or TV shows from The Egg during a long car trip or those eternal layovers at the airport.

How To Use The Egg

The Egg is the easiest device in the world to use. Simply plug The Egg into your phone, GoPro camera, SLR camera or any other capture device and The Egg will do all the work for you. Once your content is backed up to The Egg, continue to use your device while accessing the backed up content for viewing, listening and sharing from your Egg.

The iPhone and Android apps can be configured to automatically transfer content to The Egg keeping the storage on the iPhone or Android phone free for capturing that next precious moment or video.

Now you can easily share HD videos of any length directly from your phone or camera without using intrusive cloud services such as Dropbox, YouTube or Vimeo. Your video remains completely under your control and when you’re done sharing it, you can instantly take it down from the Web.

Still have a question? Chat with us: 

https://purechat.me/eggcyte

The Eggstra App

  • Instantly share photos and videos right from your phone
  • Leave your Egg safely at home and still access it
  • Available for iOS and Android phones
Control and access The Egg from your phone with iOS and Android apps
Control and access The Egg from your phone with iOS and Android apps


Screenshots of the Eggstra App on my Android phone

Home screen showing most recent Chats and Content transferred to The Egg
Home screen showing most recent Chats and Content transferred to The Egg
Screen shot of a Chat
Screen shot of a Chat
Screen shot of the Gallery view of Content on my Egg - Halloween Pics :-)
Screen shot of the Gallery view of Content on my Egg - Halloween Pics :-)

Trial Users of The Egg

Parents : "In the past, we would use email to send pictures to some members of our family that didn't use nor want to use facebook, SMS to send pictures to other members of our family and facebook to send pictures to our friends and extended family. We never shared videos because it took too long to upload the files or they were too large to email. In all cases, we had to filter out who saw what and what we put where. What a pain! With the Egg, all our videos and photos go on to the Egg and we selectively share things with individuals or groups directly from the Egg without the work of having to filter the information or worrying about our stuff getting hacked or stolen." - Hina M.

Kids : "I love that we can use The Egg to play movies while in the car. Its so cool and it fits right in my hand! And my mom loves it too because it keeps me from fighting with my brother" - Jonathan A.

Musicians : "Most bands like ours, that create and play music, do it for fun since it is not our full-time job. We have limited time to devote to our music. The Egg allows us to share music that we're working on between band members and do so privately. This allows each band member to work on the music on their schedule" - Vanessa P.

Photographers : "No longer is photography about just having a good camera and a decent set of lenses, you need a tool to back those images up, or face the devastation of lost files. I can still remember when one of my friends put a message out asking anyone who had attended their wedding to send any pictures they took. They had misplaced photos of their wedding, and the photographer didn’t have a back up. The Egg has proven to be the best solution for not only storing photographs of events that I work, share them with my clients and keep them secure at all times." - Mike B.


Product Details/Specifications

The Egg comes in an attractive hand-held form-factor. It has Wi-Fi for Connectivity and a 2.4” - 320 x 240 pixel color touch screen.

Content can be seamlessly imported into the Egg using Android/IOS Apps or USB and stored in up to 64/128/256GB of onboard Flash memory. 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. 

TECHNICAL SPECS
Application Processor and OS
Intel® Atom™ Processor
1GB RAM
64/128/256GB eMMC
OS: Linux (Tizen)

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, 1800mAH

Weight
3oz


TEARDOWN - CRACKING THE EGG

Box top
Box top
Egg snug in the Box
Egg snug in the Box
Peeling The Egg - Step 1
Peeling The Egg - Step 1
Peeling The Egg - Step 2
Peeling The Egg - Step 2

OUR STORY

Two and a half years ago, during one of our meetings at Intel, the team was discussing the trend that Home videography and video sharing was becoming ubiquitous along with high-resolution photography and photo sharing. We realized that as this phenomenon continued to grow, consumers were facing two problems, “How can I quickly free up storage on my phones and cameras? Where can I safely (because the cloud was not an option due to security concerns and cellular data plan limitations) store my videos and photos but still be able to easily access them?”

We knew that the product would have to:

  • Automatically import photos, videos and other content from any device that has a USB port including iPhones, Android phones, SLR and GoPro cameras
  • Expand the storage of  mobile devices
  • Be accessible from anywhere via an on-board personal website
  • Be accessible locally
  • Include password protection for complete control of user privacy
  • Be easy to set up and manage
  • Come with iOS and Android apps that would let users seamlessly access their Egg from anywhere

During our discussions about this personal repository for ALL things “Us”, one of the members of the team drew this (see image below) on the board. 

He imagined the device to look like an Egg. As we talked about what this device would do, we kept referring to it as The Egg. In every subsequent meeting that we had, we kept calling it The Egg because it was much simpler than calling it “the personal repository for all your digital things” and it felt “right”. Over time, the name stuck because the team felt that, in nature, “Eggs” are special and we all knew that this device that we had started out to build was going to be special.

Over the next couple of years, we developed and tested numerous designs with users to find the right balance between utility and usability. After many iterations, we settled on The Egg’s current form factor. Not only does it feel great to hold but it also fits easily in a pocket or purse.

Timeline

January 2013 - Initial consumer research
June 2013 - First prototypes made
January 2014 - Trials begin
September 2014 - Mech Turk research; continuation of trials
January 2015 - Kickstarter campaign
May, 2015- Begin shipping first of the rewards
March, 2015- Enter DVT
May, 2015- Exit DVT, Enter PVT
September, 2015- Exit PVT, Begin shipping first units as rewards

Some members of our awesome team

Support our friends at KickingItForward.org

Two and a half years ago, during one of our meetings at Intel, the team was

Risks and challenges

Having come from companies such as Intel, nVidia, LSI and C-Cube, 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 recognize the problem, understand it and fix 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 possibility 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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