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.
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!
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
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!
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.
The Snow Ghost limited edition Helixee will get a incredible translucent body so you can see its white inside parts!
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")
- 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.
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 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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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