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.
Cutu is a portable network device that uses an encrypted VPN connection to keep your devices secure thereby protecting your privacy. In a nutshell, it allows users to access online content easily from across the globe, helps them to overcome filters and geo-restrictions while keeping them safe from unwanted eavesdroppers monitoring online activity.
Cutu is an access point with wired and wireless connection capabilities. It is bundled with one of the best VPN services in the world operating in 24 countries with more than 3200 servers. To minimize the configuration hassle, Cutu can be configured and managed in seconds by mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms.
We are a group of like-minded international professionals that saw a need in an easy to use VPN gateway. At first, we created a basic prototype just for internal use, and distributed several prototypes to our close friends for them to enjoy private internet access.
Impressed by the quality of the service and the simplicity of the device’s usability, we have received a lot of requests from very different circles around our network. Inundated by the attention Cutu received, we started working on how to scale such a product to thousands of users in terms of cloud infrastructure, hardware manufacturing and delivery to consumer. Once we solved those issues, we have decided to create a campaign and present it to the world so that anyone who values their privacy can have easy access to online freedom.
Why should I get Cutu instead of a software VPN solutions?
Cutu saves you time and hassle and works without installing any VPN software on your devices, this means all your devices may use Cutu as is right out-of-the-box. In addition, Cutu works with any wireless device, even with the ones that do not allow third party privacy applications like VPN clients, such as AppleTV, XboX, Playstation, media players or corporate laptops. Cutu also restricts ports and bans malicious traffic coming from outside to keep you safe. Finally and most importantly no communication data logs are stored at all, ensuring your privacy.
For Kickstarter you may select one of the three different price tiers, Cutu device plus 3, 6 or 12 months of world class VPN service with 24 different global locations and more than 3200 servers to connect from. A monthly subscription plan starts at the end of the selected tier for $5.95 USD.
What is CUTU and why does it include a VPN?
(V)irtual (P)rivate (N)etwork is a technology that enables you to create an encrypted connection (called “tunnel”) to a remote location of choice. Once a tunnel is set all of your traffic is routed over a secure connection. This means your physical location will appear however you choose. For example, if you’re in Istanbul you can set your location to be from New York City. This means your data is kept private and you can see content on the internet how it is meant to be seen as if you’re there! Additional benefits include accessing content, free from geographic restrictions and keeping your browsing private. Cutu can also be used when accessing the internet via public WiFi hotspots such as at restaurants, airports or hotels. Cutu adds an additional layer of security to give you peace of mind.
Why should I pay for VPN services when there are plenty of “free” ones?
Andrew Lewis’s famously said “If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold.”. “Free” services offer no stable connections, they have slow internet speeds and they make money by selling your information to 3rd party advertisers. Inserting scripts into your traffic for advertisers is also very common for “free” privacy services. Cutu does not keep any log of your traffic, or any other information related to your online activities.
I heard of Tor as a secure alternative and it is free, why not using it?
Tor uses a network of relays instead of making a direct connection, so if you type a webpage address, your request goes through these random hops. Unfortunately, this significantly slows down your browsing and if the requested site does not use SSL, last relay in the chain may be compromised. You may combine VPN with Tor but this will further slow down browsing and make the service unusable. Cutu enables you to access content without losing additional bandwidth.
How about using a Proxy service?
There are multiple kinds of proxies, some support encryption (HTTPS) and some do not (SOCKS/HTTP). Proxy services don’t always hide your original IP address either making geo-locked content difficult to see. Finally, most often proxies need to be configured for different application types separately so more configuration is needed and complexity added. Cutu eliminates all of this trouble! With Cutu no additional configuration is needed, simply plug in the device and enjoy online freedom!
How do I update Cutu’s software, will you keep it up-to-date?
Most users have never bothered to check and update the firmware of their network devices at home. Even if they do majority of home networking device manufacturers do not issue any updates after a year or two. We won’t be yet another no-software-update-in-ages vendor. Our first and foremost priority is to keep you safe and the only way to do it, is to update Cutu’s software regularly and adapt to code changes as quickly as possible. We will notify you as soon as an upgrade is available via our mobile app and the only thing you have to do to update is to push one button on your app.
Our team has more than 40+ years of experience combined in embedded hardware & software design and we are taking product development and internet security very seriously. Hundreds of thousands of set-top boxes and network devices developed by our team members scattered all around the world working 24/7 for many years now. Specialized in software development for resource constrained systems, our software team built the firmware stack from ground up to squeeze the best performance out of the silicon.
Risks and challenges
Once the project is funded, delivering high quality hardware to our backers will be our main goal and and our biggest challenge. While we were in talks with our semiconductor vendor for key resources, we were introduced to a high quality manufacturing partner with stellar track record. To be sure we have already acquired and tested a sample batch of products, and are currently working on the final details with them for the product grade electronics.
In order to further improve quality and insure performance, we have reserved two months for testing and verification and we commit that all the products to be shipped to our Kickstarter backers will be tested individually.
After ensuring a good manufacturing partner, we focused on supply chain. With our 30+ years of experience in global trading and import/export regulations in hardware distribution, we believe that we are equipped to successfully deliver products to our customers around the world.
During the entirety of the campaign, we will be completely open and transparent about the project’s development and we will inform our backers if an issue may arise, whilst handling it in a timely manner.