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No internet?  PAM's WiFi instantly backs up media & shares to any local device! Got internet? Lightning-fast large file cloud sharing!
No internet? PAM's WiFi instantly backs up media & shares to any local device! Got internet? Lightning-fast large file cloud sharing!
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Introducing PAM, the ultimate portable Pocket Accelerator for MobileSave data plan and roaming charges with wireless sharing, storage, backup, and power for when you are on-the-go... plus accelerated large file transfers and secure sharing from your own personal cloud when you have Internet.

       
Key Feature Capabilities:

 Competitive Comparison 

With PAM as your ultimate pocket sized mobile assistant, save precious data plan/GB charges and avoid roaming with your own personal WiFi access point when you don't have Internet and are on-the-go.   Avoid buying and carrying all of those dongles, cables, SD cards, and batteries while saving precious time uploading/downloading/sharing large files from  your own personal cloud.

Join and share our Kickstarter as we accelerate the Internet for everyone. Even $1 to back the project goes a long way!  

Use Case - Upload and share large files with PAM:

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 Our Story

VirtuLocity's founders are veterans from the telecom, wireless, and network equipment industries and were personally frustrated with slow mobile Internet connections when they were on the road, travelling on vacation, or simply trying to upload, download, or share large files to and from their corporate offices or favorite social media sites! 

As we travelled around, we found we weren't alone, as many friends and co-workers had also become frustrated waiting for many minutes or hours, before successfully uploading and sharing large documents, pictures, videos...or to simply back-up their files quickly to free up their smart devices' storage. Further, we were all tired of lugging around multiple power bricks, data modems, dongles, USB storage sticks, SD cards and various cables for backup power, storage, and interconnection of our different mobile and PC devices while on-the-go.  

Why the frustration?  The number of smartphone users continues to grow worldwide with more than half of the world’s population using a smartphone in 2019... everyone uses mobile!  Unfortunately, most mobile networks support significantly different levels of up and downstream bandwidth.  For example, worldwide mobile networks average downstream (~13.8Mbps) vs. upstream (~8.9M). Simply stated, this means limited and expensive resources to send large files, videos, and pictures upstream to social media or your cloud storage while on the go.  Further, when trying to share our large rich media files, videos, or PowerPoints, we needed a faster way to allow friends and co-workers to access them from anywhere and from any type of device e.g. iOS, Android, Windows PC, MAC, ChromeOS, Linux based, etc.

So in 2016, we started developing software that would seamlessly work with ANY type of Internet connection to accelerate both upstream and downstream transfers regardless of whether it was over wired copper, fiber, cable, mobile 3G/LTE or Wi-Fi connections.  Further, we were able to take advantage of the cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence techniques in 2017, to enhance our algorithms' abilities to dynamically adapt to various Internet congestion situations (particularly mobile Internet) to provide even better improvement.   

Our first stop was to license our software to large carriers, cloud content CDN's, and mobile providers to accelerate their networks with our unique acceleration technology. While we successfully licensed our code to several providers, we found that they all had several things in common: different infrastructure, services, policies, and the unenviable task of trying to support many different types of smart devices and brands which led to inconsistent use of our technology. 

So, to get our new acceleration technology in the hands of everyday users, we needed to find a simple, inexpensive way, (regardless of which carrier, smartphone, or Internet Service Provider-ISP you may choose), while minimizing the complexity and headaches of carrying around so many devices, cables, dongles, etc.

How fast is it really? Watch a speed race to find out!

So who is PAM? 

Tired of waiting to upload, download, share large pictures, files, documents, videos, or live streams while on-the-go? Running out of cell phone battery or storage while traveling? Use the new Pocket Accelerator for Mobile (or just call her PAM for short) to boost your internet connection speed while providing extra storage and backup power for your smartphone in an all-in-one, voice-controllable pocket sized device. 

PAM can be managed with either her color touch screen / virtual-keyboard, web app, or Amazon Alexa-based voice commands to easily view, send, backup and delete rich media files and synchronize with your own personal cloud storage hosted on VLNExpress cloud.  Whether you want to speed-up your uploads and downloads while you're on-the-go, or simply share photos, HD videos, and large rich media files with friends and family, PAM and VLNExpress cloud storage provide an easy and fast way send, store, share and synchronize all of your files while on-the-go. Think of it as a "FedEx℠-like Dropbox℠ meets Alexa℠" capability in a palm sized all-in-one smart power bank!

PAM prevents running out of phone storage, power, slow uploads, downloads, or back-ups from a vacation, live event, or simply sending work presentations from the road. PAM uses patented machine-learning algorithms and our patent pending artificial intelligence software to analyze the network's condition in real-time and dynamically avoid congestion to improve Internet speed.

We integrated these service provider/operator based tools for your personal use so you can achieve the maximum speed of your mobile or Wi-Fi based Internet connections whenever, and wherever you need it. PAM not only accelerates your mobile or wired Internet connection, but also provides smartphone storage relief, automated backups and accelerated downloads to and from the VLNExpress cloud. As easy as issuing Amazon Alexa℠ voice activated skill commands, (or use our easy web app) you can have Alexa tell PAM to automatically backup files, download videos, or share photos with friends and contacts instantly wherever and whenever you want.

PAM prototype file upload demo:

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How does she work?

Imagine rush hour traffic on the highway. Our software would analyze the width and quality of the lanes, the impairments caused by weather, size, and type of vehicles to dynamically manage traffic flow and to maximize the usage of the highway by moving traffic together in the most efficient manner. Thus, ensuring everyone gets to where they are going faster! 

Our software does just that, except with data on the Internet, and not cars on the road. We also don't care what type of data or 'cars' you're uploading. Whether it's big-rig trucks or sports sedans, streaming video or file uploads, we accelerate everything.  For example see below how PAM improves video uploading times to a common social media site by more than 2x during light to heavy congestion or packet loss.

But what about download speeds? We're glad you asked!  

PAM the Pocket Accelerator for Mobile works in tandem with our VLNExpress cloud storage service, (which also uses VirtuLocity's Internet acceleration software), so you'll accelerate download speeds of anything already uploaded to your VLNExpress cloud back to you or your friends' or co-workers devices. Regardless of device type (we will support iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux based devices), your friends or co-workers can simply use a standard web browser link to receive accelerated downloads. Take a look at our speed demo of the VirtuLocity cloud to see the difference of downloading a video clip with and without our acceleration software during periods of network congestion.

So how do I use PAM?  

1) Download the VirtuLocity file explorer app to your Android or iOS based smartphone or tablet or us web app with your browser on any Windows PC, Mac, Chromebook or tablet

2) Connect PAM wirelessly using the same Wi-Fi (SSID) connection (like your home wireless AP connection or coffee shops'), or simply turn-on your 3G/LTE mobile hotspot for connection when Wi-Fi isn't available 

3) Open our app and easily select the files you want to transfer, delete, or manage to and from your smartphone or computer device with acceleration. 

Once files have been stored on PAM, they can be managed by the app or voice commands (e.g. Alexa ask PAM to backup files, see more skills below). Files are automatically synchronized between PAM and VLNExpress storage so you can immediately offload your smartphone or computing device while providing a local copy on PAM and the accelerated VLNExpress cloud. With the matching app or voice commands, your rich media and large files (up to 32GB file size) can be shared to any friends, family, or co-workers wherever and whenever you need to. 

Whether you're traveling abroad, telecommuting, or just simply don't have a good Internet connection, and need to share large files, PAM is your all-in-one device for storage, battery power, backup and immediate access and sharing of your pictures, videos, or large files.      

Did you say Alexa?  

Yes! We have integrated Amazon's revolutionary virtual assistant, Alexa, with PAM. Now you can take Alexa anywhere you want with the ease and portability of PAM your Pocket Accelerator assistant for Mobile. PAM works as a normal Echo-like device with custom skills to command PAM. For example, make mobile file transfers, downloads, and synchronization quick and easy via voice commands. 

Remember to backup your smartphone pictures lately? Remember no more! PAM automatically backups files, pictures, and videos to synchronize with your VLNExpress cloud storage. Make mundane tasks a thing of the past as PAM personal assistant capabilities can automatically schedule keys task or management functions on a scheduled basis or at a convenient time of your choosing. Stay tuned for more skills to be released as our Kickstarter progresses... the applications and possibilities are limitless! We look forward to your ideas for future skills!

 Tech Specs:

⁃ 4x USB 2.0  ⁃ 1x 10/100 Base-T ⁃ Mini USB power ⁃ 1x HDMI ⁃ AC power adapter (SV/2.5A DC power input) - 2 microphones ⁃ 3.5mm audio plug (out) ⁃ WLAN 802.11 B/G/N 2.4/5GHz ⁃ BLE (Bluetooth 4.0) ⁃ 1x micro SD port (32GB-128GB supplied; supports up to 2TB) ⁃ 3.5 inch TFT LCD screen with backlight - 1080p 8 megapixel color camera  (Prosumer and Professional)⁃ Pen stylus  ⁃ Attachable 9 hour battery (Prosumer and Professional) - 1TB VLNExpress cloud storage included (5TB for Professional) ⁃ SW capabilities ⁃ Microprocessor with Linux based OS and VirtuLocity accelerator ⁃ PAM Alexa skill set ⁃ iOS, Android, Web app 

Feature Benefits:

- Automated file synchronization between smartphone / PAM / VLNExpress cloud ⁃ Amazon Alexa compatible ⁃ Soft keyboard ⁃ Voice activated commands ⁃ App or voice activated accelerated secure downloads to any browser enabled devices from VLNExpress cloud ⁃ Accelerated secure uploads to VLNExpress cloud ⁃ Easy, fast file sharing w/ friends ⁃ Pocket-sized, rechargeable battery ⁃ Kickstand, clip capable ⁃ USB hub with rechargeable battery ⁃ File transaction history log - Smart battery indicator/alarm - Local wireless sharing to avoid mobile data charges

Summary

There are plenty of players in the cloud storage game these days, but we felt the need for an "FedEx-like express service" that allows you to take advantage of the same technology that the big companies use to accelerate Internet traffic to send and share large media files. PAM easily and quickly (even with your voice) moves your content wherever, and whenever you choose, almost instantly. 

Click here to join us as we aim to accelerate the Internet for everyone!

Risks and challenges

We can only improve your internet connection speed and efficiency when there is congestion, packet loss, and network inefficiencies. However, the only place where an ideal network exists is probably a laboratory. In other words, if you already have a great connection, you won't see any measurable gain or need acceleration.

However, based on http://www.Speedtest.net, a website that monitors global Internet connection speeds daily, rarely are Internet connections consistently perfect. In particular, mobile Internet connections vary widely not only by throughput speed, country but also by carrier and mobile operator. So while there are many reasons (geo-political, economic, as well as technically) for Internet slowdowns, congestion is a worldwide problem that can cause longer transfer times, the spinning loading window, slow upgrades, stuttering interruptions, and continuously buffering of video, etc. So essentially, we ensure that you can get the maximum capabilities and efficiency out of your connection wherever and whenever you need it.

Does this technology really work on a live network? Our founders are seasoned technology and networking execs from major telecom and equipment providers. But perhaps the best endorsement is that this technology is currently used and deployed on worldwide CDN's and mobile network providers. Even Google uses the technology to accelerate YouTube. Our goal is to bring this great capability to everyone.

Also, as a software start-up, we were very cautious about entering the hardware space. Costs can be steep and quality control can be a challenge. This is why we offer a reseller reward to open up the market.

We wanted to provide an easy-to-use, known device for early development that enables users like yourself to immediately gain the benefits of mobile acceleration with accelerated cloud storage. We chose to repurpose a Raspberry Pi 3 as the Mobile Pocket Accelerator. The Raspberry Pi 3 is a field proven, popular, inexpensive, small and very stable computer, ideal for our mobile application. Further, as we know many Kickstarter investors worry about obsolescence and ongoing support, we wanted to use a commonly supported, open platforms that would continue to be developed upon by the millions of worldwide users and vendors in the Raspberry Pi community and Amazon Alexa.

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    - 1 Pocket Accelerator for Mobile (PAM)
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    - 32GB internal SD card with VirtuLocity
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    Consumer Pack

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    - 3.5" color TFT LCD screen
    - Matching case with kickstand
    - 64GB internal SD card with VirtuLocity acceleration software and operating system
    - 2 microphones
    - AC power adapter
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    - 1 Pocket Accelerator for Mobile (PAM)
    - Color 3.5" TFT LCD screen
    - Matching case with kickstand
    - 64GB internal SD card with VirtuLocity acceleration software and operating system
    - 8 Megapixel 1080p video camera
    - AC power adapter
    - 2 microphones
    - Up to 9 hour portable smart battery
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    - 1 Pocket Accelerator for Mobile (PAM)
    - 3.5" color TFT LCD screen
    - Matching case with kickstand
    - 64GB internal SD card with VirtuLocity acceleration software and operating system
    - 2 microphones
    - AC power adapter
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    - 1 Pocket Accelerator for Mobile (PAM)
    - Color 3.5" TFT LCD screen
    - Matching case with kickstand
    - 32GB internal SD card with VirtuLocity acceleration software and operating system
    - 8 Megapixel 1080p video camera
    - 2 microphones
    - AC power adapter
    - Up to 9 hour portable smart battery
    - 1 year VLNExpress subscription with accelerated cloud storage and downloads (file sizes up to 32GB)
    - Automatic cloud archival storage up to 5TB

    - 1 Intel NUC basestation for 3 to 5 users
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    - 1 Pocket Accelerator for Mobile (PAM)
    - 3.5" color TFT LCD screen
    - Matching case with kickstand
    - 64GB internal SD card with VirtuLocity acceleration software and operating system
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    - AC power adapter
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