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BlurPort LLCBy BlurPort LLC
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BlurPort LLCBy BlurPort LLC
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$8,354
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77
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, June 25 2013 11:58 AM UTC +00:00

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BlurPort Prototype
BlurPort Prototype

The Problem: Unsecured Data & Uncool People

The problem is so widespread that it almost went unnoticed. Millions of people with data that is only protected by a password and millions of people not living up to their coolness potential. You may think these problems are unrelated, but have you ever seen James Bond access his data by typing in the name of his cat? No. Have you ever seen James Bond not being awesome? No. 

This is not a coincidence.

The Solution: Secure Data & Cool People

The BlurPort is a government-grade encrypted USB flash drive for people who are tired of passwords and tired of not having the gadgets promised to us in spy movies. The BlurPort works with a custom app on your iOS or Android device and allows you to protect your data using credentials that are more personal than passwords, and way cooler. What's your mother's maiden name? We don't care. 

Way to protect your data include:

  • Eye Scanning: Hold the app up to eye-level to authenticate. Provided in partnership with EyeVerify(tm).
  • Face Scanning: Hold the app up to your face to authenticate.
  • Location: Set locations in which the drive can be unlocked, such as at work or at a top secret government location.
  • Near Field Communication: Scan your NFC work-badge to authenticate using a NFC capable phone.
  • Pattern Drawing: Draw a unique pattern on your phone’s screen to authenticate. 

Problem solved. Your data is more secure than it's ever been and you're the coolest person anyone has ever known.

That's not everything either. The BlurPort is highly expandable. Additions can be made to the modes of authentication as smart phone technology progresses. Storage can be expanded as well, as you can attach your own USB storage into the end of the BlurPort. All data that is transferred to the attached storage will be secured with the same government-grade encryption, just as in the included storage. Each of the user’s third-party USB storage devices can be encrypted based on different modes of authentication as well. The options are limitless.

Forget your passwords, even for websites!

By using the BlurPort with LastPass, you'll never need to remember a password again. Check it out below:

But wait, I already have a drive?

BlurPort Prototype attached to external USB harddrive
BlurPort Prototype attached to external USB harddrive

Well then the BlurPort is for you, too! As mentioned above, you can plug your USB drive into the end of the BlurPort and it'll secure all of your data. Every single bit! So let's say you have a big boy external harddrive. You can set it up with the BlurPort and be able to secure it with all of the above mentioned modes of authentication. It's like magic! 

How does it work? It's simple!

  • Plug the BlurPort into your computer.
  • Launch our app on your smart phone and click on the drive's profile.
  • Your phone will ask you to scan your eye, or tap your tag, etc depending on what methods you selected when you set up the drive.
  • Our magic sauce transfers encryption credentials wirelessly over Bluetooth between your smart phone and the BlurPort
  • Boom! Your drive shows up on your computer!
BlurPort use-case with external harddrive attached
BlurPort use-case with external harddrive attached

Why We Need Your Help

As with any movement, interest must be gathered. You are the interest and we need you to show that. Even though we're moving smoothly along in development, we still have to finish it all up. Your pledge will be used to finalize the hardware aspect of the BlurPort. The pledge money will be put towards the following: finalization of internal circuitry layout, regulatory approval, enclosure design, prototyping & testing, and manufacturing.

How do I know you can deliver? 

Well that shouldn't be too hard to realize! We've spent countless hours working on making a concept into reality. You can check out some pictures of our prototypes below. The hardware will be finalized by our team. The mobile apps are well under development as well. Everything is in the green light! Still don't believe us? Watch the video above!

BlurPort Prototype Revision 2 (bottom view)
BlurPort Prototype Revision 2 (bottom view)
BlurPort Prototype Revision 1 (Proof of Concept)
BlurPort Prototype Revision 1 (Proof of Concept)

We've also secured space in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) in Maryville, Missouri. It's a business incubator where we have access to all sorts of resources, facilities, and people to help out in the process. Wisdom is only a step away.  

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Northwest student Aakash Patel share a handshake after signing an agreement allowing Patel's start-up company, BlurPort LLC, to lease office space in Northwest's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and Northwest student Aakash Patel share a handshake after signing an agreement allowing Patel's start-up company, BlurPort LLC, to lease office space in Northwest's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Our team is lead by Aakash Patel (aaka.sh), who brings many years of experience in academic and hobbyist hardware and software development. At the CIE, we're surrounded by those who think alike and can provide valuable insight into development. We've grown deep relations with our partners and suppliers over the past half a year, and their engineers are integral to our development process as well. 

The Plan

Firmware will be completed by the end of May. Hardware finalization should occur by June, and will be submitted for regulatory approval afterward. Final enclosure design will be completed by time of hardware finalization. Manufacturing will begin immediately thereafter. If all stays on track, we should ship out final units to pledgees by September

The BlurPort will be assembled in the US
The BlurPort will be assembled in the US

We have a US-based manufacturer ready for our order. Enclosure design will be completed by one of Kansas City's best design firms, so you can rest assured that the BlurPort will be beautiful.

Enterprise features, such as cloud management of users, will be developed soon after initial shipment. 

Tech Specs

  • iOS and Android compatible.
  • The BlurPort will come with 8GB of storage.
  • Uses encryption compatible with US Government information processing standards. All data is secured using AES 256-bit Cypher Block Chain (CBC) algorithm. 
  • All third-party USB drives that are used with the BlurPort must be USB Mass Storage devices (a vast majority are).
  • USB 2.0/3.0 compatible. Max theoretical transfer speed is 480Mbps.
  • Compatible with any desktop operating system that can handle USB Mass Storage devices (pretty much every single one out there!). There's no special software to install.
  • The BlurPort doesn't care what file-system you use on your drive. It encrypts everything, including the file-system. Once you're authenticated, the BlurPort is transparent.
  • RoHS Complaint

Please Share The Love!

With a product this cool, we think you should let your friends in on the coolness. Maybe you can even have a party with the cool kids later! Please share this campaign with everyone you know. Friends, family, bosses, colleagues, that random guy who you see at the café, anyone who has a computer! Data security should be cool, and with the simple act of sharing you can help that become a reality! 

Thanks so much, from Aakash and the BlurPort team.

Risks and challenges

-Firmware is nearing completion. Just working out bugs.
-iOS app is in early stages
-Final enclosure still has to be developed.
-Final unit will be smaller than prototype
-Regulatory approval (FCC/CE) is pending, though with assistance of our partners and suppliers this should not be an issue.

There really aren't anymore big hurdles for us to jump over. We've gotten to the top of the hill, and now it's just time roll to down it.

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    Platinum Kit: Get everything in the Gold Kit hand delivered by Aakash Patel and a BlurPort team member. We'll meet you at your place and get dinner!

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