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helixee is the first connected object that makes it easy and safe to back up and share your digital life at home or at the office
helixee is the first connected object that makes it easy and safe to back up and share your digital life at home or at the office
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Helixee - The guardian of your connected life, by Novathings

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Helixee will be at the CES 2016
Helixee will be at the CES 2016

We are proud to announce that Novathings team will be exhibiting at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas to present you Helixee!

 Nowadays, we are taking more photos and videos than ever thanks to our smartphones and tablets. But without taking time to back them up, a lost or broken device can mean losing precious memories.

You have the choice to back up your files somewhere on the public cloud. But do you really want to backup your life on the Internet, to the detriment of your privacy?

You also have the choice to use network hard drives and NAS, which are private and secured but require a lot of technical expertise, and so lots of parents, grandparents, and non geeky people can’t assure security for their digital life.

Plus, we want to share our photos, videos and documents in privacy, without sending them to the Cloud, to social networks or attached to heavy emails which are going to get lost in your mail box.

That’s why we created Helixee, a connected object dedicated to the safety of our entire connected life. With Helixee, we want to offer you the best of both worlds (Cloud & Network Hard Drive), a digital safe that is easy to install and easier to use for everybody, combined with your own private social network.

Automated Backups

Helixee is a connected object that backs up, automatically or on request, the content from all your devices, whether desktop or mobile, personal or professional, belonging to you or members of your family. If necessary, such as when a device gets lost, stolen or broken, you can recover one or all of your files with one click.

As the true guardian of your photos, videos, contacts, music tracks and important documents, it is automated, user-friendly, secured and it is physically in your home!

Backup dashboard of Helixee's app
Backup dashboard of Helixee's app

Helixee's app is available for Mac and PC, as well as iOS and Android devices.

Secured sharing: Your own private social network

With Helixee you can choose to share your photos exclusively and securely with close friends and family. This function, switched on or switched off in your own way, will let you choose exactly who you want to share with. Unlike public Clouds and public social networks, you know where your shared photos are and who you really shared them with. Your data stays at home in your Helixee. In this way, you have control of everything you share with your loved ones.

At last, everything is centralized!

With regular backups of all your devices, you and your loved ones will be able to centralize all your data in one single place so that all of you can access it easily. So for projects like making a photo book, for instance, photos of your children, parents, partner and everyone else will already be in once place. After a special event, you will be able to invite all your friends who attended to download their photos directly into the space dedicated to this event on Helixee.

 Three steps to set up and that’s it, you are safe

Making backups has always been a long and complicated task and it has always been difficult to save regularly the content of all your devices. With Helixee, this task becomes fast and simple, you don’t have to be an expert. It takes just a few minutes to install Helixee and its application onto your computer or/and your smartphone. It’s as simple as that!

  • 1- Plug in your Helixee
  • 2- Download the application
  • 3- Connect Helixee to your device

Simple and intuitive application

We designed our app to be easy for everyone to use on every kind of device. So you'll never have trouble adding, retrieving or sharing files, no matter where you are.

 Because it’s local, you know where your files are, right here, safe at home

Your data is encrypted for more security

For added security, backups are encrypted and only the user has access to his own data.

Duplication of your data

We are working on two duplication features which can come sooner if the two first stretch goals are reached.

  • Duplication of your data on an encrypted digital safe: By choosing this option, all your backups on Helixee will be automatically duplicated on Novathings’ encrypted servers. But contrary to Cloud servers, our encrypted safe is only writeable, never readable. That means nobody can connect to the safe to see what is in there, not even you! So if something happens to your Helixee, Novathings will be able to restore your data on a brand new Helixee. There would be a small monthly fee for this service.
  • Duplication of your data on a second Helixee: If you get two Helixee, you can put them in two different places (one in your home and one at your parents’ for example). Then, all your backups from your main Helixee will be automatically duplicated onto the second Helixee. That way, if something happens to one Helixee, you don’t lose your backups. Plus, crossed backups will be possible. That means that if you have one Helixee and your best friend has one as well, your backups can be automatically duplicated on his Helixee and vice versa, but the accounts are still completely separate. Since data is encrypted and attached to your account, he won’t be able to see your data, just as you won’t be able to see his.

Worry about theft? Don't!

If your Helixee is stolen, you can block it thanks to your administrator account. If one of your devices is stolen, you can simply remove it from the list of authorized and saved devices. Your backup stays in Helixee and you can recover your data on another device.

Remote access: Your Helixee follows you everywhere

Helixee's Web app dashboard
Helixee's Web app dashboard

If you choose to activate the remote access from your Helixee application, you can access content from all of your saved devices. If, however, you don’t have any of your devices close by, our Web application allows you to follow the activity of your Helixee from any Internet browser. Thus it is possible to connect to your Helixee from any computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection.

Direct Wi-Fi connection: Stay connected to your Helixee without an Internet connection

Helixee generates its own private Wi-Fi network that allows you to view your files, play network games or watch videos anywhere. Powered via a single USB cable, you can easily travel with it. You can bring it with you during your holidays to centralize your photos day after day or for any other important event, each person being able to connect directly onto Helixee’s Wi-Fi network.

Helixee gathers the best of both worlds (Cloud and network storage) and offters a simple, intuitive and smart solution, for multi-users and multi-devices at home.

Helixee is easy, safe and local.

Helixee is always evolving

Simple online updates will let you take advantage of future features.

Helixee is designed so that we can keep adding features to the same hardware. That way, your Helixee will get new features over time without you even buying a new device.

 The design of Helixee took a very important part in the development process. Its captivating spiral symbolizes the suction of your data to make them safe into Helixee. To express our gratitude to you, our backers, we designed few limited editions that will only be available on Kickstarter!

Helixee Sub Zero limited edition - NO HDD
Helixee Sub Zero limited edition - NO HDD

 The Sub Zero limited edition Helixee will dress in black and blue, as the hero of Mortal Kombat! Be careful, this limited edition has NO HARD DRIVE inside, so you will have to add your own hard drive.

Helixee Snow Ghost limited edition - 2TB HDD
Helixee Snow Ghost limited edition - 2TB HDD

 The Snow Ghost limited edition Helixee will get a incredible translucent body so you can see its white inside parts!

Helixee Dark Side limited edition - 2TB HDD
Helixee Dark Side limited edition - 2TB HDD

 The Dark Side limited edition Helixee claims its Sith family by dressing all black. We’re sure you won’t be scared by its red eyes! May the force be with it!

Dimensions: 160 mm x 96 mm (6,30" x 3,78")

Hardware:

  • ARM Cortex-A8 1GHz dual core processor
  • 512 Mb SDRAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n)
  • Ethernet port 10/100 Mbps
  • 2.5 inch hard drive (1TB or 2TB)
  • LED Display: Power / Wifi / System
  • US or EU power adapter 110V / 220V

First working prototype - November 2014:

November 2014, we assembled our first ten prototypes in our office in Nantes.

Manufacturing study - May 2015:

We launch our manufacturing study on May 2015.

Our team:

Novathings consists of a group of ex-colleagues with diverse backgrounds in web and hardware development. Drawing upon our collective years of experience, the new brand presents an opportunity for us to finally work together on our own independent project.

Our vision:

Our vision for the future is to simplify the way we store and find our data. We want to design products that make it possible for everyone to keep their digital life secure.

We really wanted to design a product that brought simplicity back to the digital world, no matter how tech savvy someone is. Having all worked for big tech companies, we’ve seen how the complexity of the Cloud or NAS setups can go over our heads. That’s why we’re excited to work on something that brings peace of mind to users.

 Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

We really want to produce our Helixee for you, our backers, but for us too! Our team is really involved in this mission. We put a lot of work into designing and building the first prototypes, but as a hardware project there will be challenges of manufacturing, production, shipping worldwide and more. Our promise is that we'll rise to meet all these challenges and more with the combined experience and passion our team brings to this project.

Our manufacter has a lot of experience in data storage and connected devices. This minimize the risks of unexpected issues, and will guarantee to every backer and future owner great product results. Plus, our manufacter is part of an international group including a design and engineering office, and a distribution subsidiary.

We've given a conservative estimate for our delivery dates to make sure we don't break any promises. We are committed to keeping you informed of our progress both during and after our campaign. We assure you that we are all working very hard to produce the best product possible!

We are excited to get Helixee into the hands of you, our backers!

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    Pledge €5 or more About $6

    [A] : HELIXEE FAN - Your donation helps get us started, thank you so much! Your name will be on our website Hall Of Frame! We will also keep you updated with all the latest news and announcements about Novathings and our wonderful product Helixee!

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    [B] : HELIXEE GOODIES - Show your support for HELIXEE with the t-shirt "Back up to the future" OR the tote bag "The Backup Awaken"! Your name will also be included in our Hall of Frame supporters, and you’ll be notified with all our future news and updates !

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    Pledge €99 or more About $111

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    [C] : HELIXEE SUB ZERO - NO DRIVE
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    Be the first to receive one HELIXEE (no drive) and save 80€ off the retail price!
    You will have to add your own drive for this HELIXEE (2,5 inch 1TB or 2TB).

    SUB ZERO get early shipping so you will receive your HELIXEE before anyone else. And you'll be featured in our website Hall of Frame!

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    Pledge €149 or more About $167

    [D] : HELIXEE 1TB SUPER EARLY BIRD - You are the earliest bird! Be the first to receive one HELIXEE with 1TB drive and save 130€ off the retail price!
    Early birds get early shipping so you will receive your HELIXEE before anyone else. And you'll be featured in our website Hall of Frame!

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    Pledge €179 or more About $200

    [E] : HELIXEE 1TB EARLY BIRD - Congrats early bird, you're one of our very first backers! Be the first to receive one HELIXEE with 1TB drive and save 100€ off the retail price!
    Early birds get early shipping so you will receive your HELIXEE before anyone else. And you'll be featured in our website Hall of Frame!

    Thank you for your early support!

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    Pledge €189 or more About $211

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    [F] : HELIXEE SUB ZERO DUO - NO DRIVE
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    Be the first to receive TWO HELIXEE (no drive) and save 169€ off the retail price!
    You will have to add your own drive for this HELIXEE (2,5 inch 1TB or 2TB).
    SUB ZERO DUO get early shipping so you will receive your HELIXEE before anyone else. And you'll be featured in our website Hall of Frame!

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    Pledge €199 or more About $223

    [G] : HELIXEE 1TB CLASSIC - Congrats, you will receive one HELIXEE with 1TB drive and save 80€ off the retail price!
    Of course, you'll be featured in our website Hall of Frame!

    Thank you so much!

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    Pledge €199 or more About $223

    [H] : HELIXEE 2TB SUPER EARLY BIRD - You are the earliest bird! Be the first to receive one HELIXEE with 2TB drive and save 150€ off the retail price!
    Early birds get early shipping so you will receive your HELIXEE before anyone else. And you'll be featured in our website Hall of Frame!

    Thank you for your early support!

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    Pledge €229 or more About $256

    [I] : HELIXEE 2TB EARLY BIRD - Congrats early bird, you're one of our very first backers! Be the first to receive one HELIXEE with 2TB drive and save 120€ off the retail price!
    Early birds get early shipping so you will receive your HELIXEE before anyone else. And you'll be featured in our website Hall of Frame!

    Thank you for your early support!

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    Pledge €249 or more About $278

    [J] : HELIXEE 2TB CLASSIC - Congrats, you will receive one HELIXEE with 2TB drive and save 100€ off the retail price!
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    Thank you so much!

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    Pledge €279 or more About $312

    [K] : DARK SIDE EDITION - You are a very special backer because you will receive a very limited edition of HELIXEE with 2TB! The DARK SIDE EDITION, only for Kickstarter backers, will suit all black with red lines!
    you'll also be featured in our website Hall of Frame!

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    [L] : SNOW GHOST EDITION - You are a very special backer because you will receive a very limited edition of HELIXEE with 2TB! The SNOW GHOST EDITION, only for Kickstarter backers, will have a transparent body with a white spiral!
    you'll also be featured in our website Hall of Frame!

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    Pledge €479 or more About $536

    [M] : HELIXEE DUO 2TB - You want your own HELIXEE and even offer one to someone you love! Congrats, you will receive two HELIXEE with 2TB drive and save 219€ off the retail price!
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    Pledge €999 or more About $1,117

    [N] : JULIETTE&GISELLE EDITION - You are one of the most special backers we have! You will receive one of the only 10 limited edition of HELIXEE with 2TB! The JULIETTE&GISELLE EDITION, only for 10 Kickstarter backers, will dress with a special gold metallic painted spiral! Plus, you will have a hand-made and personalized case for your HELIXEE from JULIETTE&GISELLE! You will choose the fabric and have your name on it!
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    Pledge €2,399 or more About $2,682

    [O] : HELIXEE DECA - You are a generous soul and want to offer several HELIXEE to your loved ones! And for that, you will receive ten HELIXEE with 2TB drive and save 1091€ off retail price!
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    Pledge €6,999 or more About $7,826

    [P] : HELIXEE FRENCH TOUCH - Come and meet our team in our offices. You will discover how we developped this wonderful product and you will also receive your very own HELIXEE with 2TB drive.
    Hotel and flight included.

    Thank you so much!

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Funding period

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