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Flash Porter lets you Quickly and Easily BACKUP your precious digital PHOTOS and VIDEOS from any device - Smartphones & Digital Cameras
Flash Porter lets you Quickly and Easily BACKUP your precious digital PHOTOS and VIDEOS from any device - Smartphones & Digital Cameras
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ALL YOUR Photos and Videos safely BACKED UP and STORED in one location

Keep your Photos and Videos Backed up and Safe

Flash Porter is an easy-to-use, powerful device to keep your important photos and videos backed, safe, and organized. 

With Smartphones, digital cameras, GoPro cameras, and all the other capture devices you use, it's likely that your photos are scattered across different devices and all over the place. And, you probably don't think much about how to keep your photos safe from loss. 

Flash Porter is uniquely designed to support any kind of digital media backup that you'll need to do. 

  • Fast and Easy Backup for your Photos and Video
  • Smartphone and Tablet supported
  • Copy up to 250GB on one battery charge
  • Small, light and easy to carry
  • Works with any digital camera format

 

Flash Porter
. Designed for Professionals .
. Made for Everybody . 

  • For the Professional Photographer, Flash Porter is designed for fast copy with a simple and easy to operate user interface. 
  • For the Family Historian, it's a convenient place to collect, store, and organize all the memories for the entire Family. 
  • For the Smartphone User, Flash Porter can quickly and effortlessly backup photos and videos to free up limited Smartphone storage space. 

 

Don Smith is a professional photographer with over 40 years of experience. His career spans professional sports photography and landscapes. In addition to his professional work, Don teaches workshops on landscape photography.

In 2014, SONY Artisan of Imagery team recognized Don's work and skill by offering him an opportunity to join them. 

See more of Don's work or learn about his workshops here:
www.donsmithphotography.com

 

Backing up your photos is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Insert memory card or connect USB cable to Smartphone and select BACKUP from the automatic pop-up menu. 

2. Choose default copy location or select desired location. 

3. Watch the Copy Progress screen and confirm the Copy Summary screen.  

Relax and set your mind at ease.
Your photos are safely backed up.

 

Compared to other alternatives, Flash Porter offers a fast and safe way to backup your photos and videos. 

Different Backup Methods

With Flash Porter, you have different ways to manage your backups:

  • Full Backup with defaults - All your files will be backed up to a newly created folder. 
  • Full Backup by selecting target - All your files will be backed up in a specific folder that you choose or create. 
  • Incremental Backup - Backup your files to an existing folder. Duplicate photos will be skipped.
  • Export - Select one or more files and export to the location you choose. 
  • Copy and Paste - Select one or more files to copy and navigate to the location to paste them. 

Each copy is error-checked with confirmation of successful Backup. 

Flash Porter supports USB 3.0 connection to computer providing super fast data transfer speeds. To ensure forward compatibility, it uses a USB Type-C port for the computer connection. 

When connected to your comptuer, you can access the Flash Porter drive just like you would use an external hard drive. 

For users with differing needs, Flash Porter is available in 3 drive capacities with options for HDD or SSD for each of the capacities. 

HDD vs. SSD

  • HDD will be more inexpensive than SSD for the same capacity. 
  • SSD will have faster access by avoiding the spin-up lag encountered with HDD when it goes to standby mode. SSD can withstand vibration and incidental impact without risk of corrupting data. It will have a longer battery life for comparable copy quantities. 
  • For memory card and Smartphone backup, there is no real difference in the copy speed between HDD and SSD as this is determined by the memory device. 

FOLDER VIEW keeps things organized

Folder View allows you to navigate and browse the folder directly structure on the Flash Porter drive or connected memory cards or Smartphones. You will be able to look through the different folders and see photos and play videos. 

Basic file management functions are available including: Create Folder, Copy and Paste, Delete, Rename, and Export

PLAYLIST lets you make memorable collections 

With Playlist you can easily review your photos and add your favorite photos into one or more Playlists. 

Playlists will easily let you view your photo collections. You can easily share your Playlists or prepare them for making photo prints by using the EXPORT feature to copy the original photos to USB Flash Drive or other storage device. 

 

Focus Check feature allows user to quickly zoom into see 1:1 view of the specified portion of the photo. It can be used to quickly and clearly check the details and focus in a particular area of a high resolution photo. 

For the professionals, Flash Porter is able to display the image of the RAW files directly on its screen. You can check your photos quickly and easily without needing to take up extra space with RAW+JPG. 

If you don't see your camera format listed here, please contact us with your camera model and we will be happy to research this for you. 

 

Directly backup Smartphone and Tablet camera roll by USB cable connection. 

Given the wide range of memory storage device formats available, it's not easy to design a device that will support all of them. 

For the most popular formats, Flash Porter has access slots that allow you to connect them directly. This includes: SD, microSD, CF, and USB storage devices.

For other memory formats are not as widely used, Flash Porter is able to support them by using their respective card reader connected to the USB port. These formats include: XQD, SxS, CFast, RED, P2

If you have questions about a specific format, please let us know and we will be happy to research it for you. 

For GoPro and other action camera users capturing insane extreme feats and tricks in high def video, storage space is always a concern. 

Flash Porter lets you connect the microSD card from your GoPro directly to make a quick backup so you can stay in the action. You don't need to use a SD card adapter for this. 

 

Mission critical photographers and videographers will the external hard drive support on Flash Porter. 

It's an easy and quick process to make redundant 2nd and 3rd backups to make sure nothing is lost. 

Standard USB hard drives can connect to Flash Porter's USB port for copy to or from the Flash Porter. 

Note that the external hard drive supports exFAT and FAT32 file formats. At this time, NTFS drives are read-only, and Mac Extended (HSF+) is not supported. 

The Battery Bay on Flash Porter is user accessible. One charge can copy up to 250GB of photo and video, but just in case fir long trips away from any source of power, it's always safer to bring extra battery packs. 

 

In considering the form factor of the Flash Porter design, we realize that nobody likes to carry big, bulky, heavy stuff. With this in mind, we designed the Flash Porter to be as small and light as possible.  

Since it's small enough to fit into any camera bag, or purse, or backpack, and weighs less than 0.7 pounds, it's easy to bring Flash Porter with you whenever you need. 

If you aren't going to be doing heavy editing on your trip or in the field, its much easier and less stressful than bringing your laptop computer. When travelling abroad, or actually anywhere, expensive, high-value laptops are easy to identify, prime targets for robbers and pickpockets.  

Our recommendation:

  • Bring your Smartphone for email and Internet access. 
  • Rely on Flash Porter for your photo backup and basic file management.
  • Leave the laptop safe at home.   

 

Screen: 3.5" TFT-LCD (320x240)
Speaker: 1W mono
Earphone: 3.5" jack stereo 
Battery: 3600mAh Li-Ion rechargeable
Power: 5V/2A DC
Interfaces: SD, microSD, CF, Internal-microSD, USB 3.0 storage device
Computer connection: USB 3.0 Type-CDrive interface: SATA to HDD/SSD (500GB, 1TB, 2TB)

Image formats: JPG, PNG, TIF, BMP
Video Formats: MOV, MP4 (up to 1920x1080 at 30fps)
Audio formats: MP3, AAC

Copy capacity on full battery: 250GB

If there are other specifications you would like to know about, please contact us. 

We appreciate your support to help us get Flash Porter started. We are asking for $15,000 funding to help us get the first production run underway.

To demonstrate our gratitude of your faith in us and your backing, we are offering very generous backer rewards for Flash Porter in all capacities for both HDD and SSD versions.  

Unfortunately, the Super Early Bird rewards are all gone, but keep in mind that remaining early bird rewards are still great deals.  

We strongly believe that there is a real and significant need for Flash Porter. Alternatives in the current market place just don't cover all the aspects of safe, easy, reliable backup that Flash Porter covers. 

That's why we've dedicated the last 2 plus years in investing time, energy, and money into getting Flash Porter into production. 

Please take a look at the stretch goals 2 sections under this one to see what we have planned for the funds we raise on Kickstarter. 

We have confidence that Flash Porter is going to be an important device in the photo and video space and we see this first launch as a baseline from where we will keep improving.  

FINAL STRETCH 
- Here's what we have left to do. 

We have been working on the Flash Porter design for more than 2 years now. We have gone through multiple iterations of the PC board and it is just about ready to send to the testing lab for FCC and CE certification. The housing is in the last review cycle. We expect to have the golden samples needed for mass production of both the PC board and the housing before the Kickstarter ends.     

As this Kickstarter project is running, we have already started parts of production with longer lead times to make sure we can delivery in December for the Super Early Bird and Holiday Early Bird rewards.

UPDATE (10/12) - The final prototypes of the PC board are finished and delivered. In this last iteration, we added an IC to the USB 3 connector and re-routed the traces to clean up the signal. We weren't happy with the USB 3 data transfer speeds between Flash Porter and the computer so we redesigned the layout with these improvements to make Flash Porter as fast as USB 3 supports. --- We'll start the FCC and CE testing for 'electromagnetic interference' (EMI) and 'electrostatic discharge' (ESD) on Monday and should have our certifications done by the end of next week (on 10/21).    

 

Please keep in mind that the Flash Porter is still in beta, but we hope these videos will give you a better idea of how easy it is to operate Flash Porter.

View the design of the Flash Porter and see how all the memory card slots and other I/Os are arranged. 

Learn about the Flash Porter Home Screen and get an idea of the features available. 

See how you can use Folder View to navigate through the folder directory structure to find your photos and videos. View the photos, play the video, and perform basic file management. 

Find out how the Backup Manager works to help you select the source and target of your backup. 

 

A great big thank you to all the backers who have helped us meet our goal to get us into production. It's a strong start and we are really excited to enter into this new phase for Flash Porter.

At the same time, if we can keep building our backer base, we want to reinvest the funding to continue development of Flash Porter to add beneficial new features and helpful accessories. 

Please help us continue to spread the word about Flash Porter so we can meet these goals and make Flash Porter even better than it is now. 

Stretch #1 - $20K - Carrying Pouch
   > UNLOCKED

Everybody gets a free Neoprene pouch with Velcro flap to help keep your Flash Porter safe and scratch free. 

Stretch #2 - $30K - International plugs
> UNLOCKED

Everybody gets a set of 3 international plugs that slip on over the main USB-AC adapter. The default plug on the USB-AC adapter is US/North American type. 

These three adapter plugs fit wall sockets just about everywhere in the world.  

Stretch #3 - $50K - User-accessible drive
> UNLOCKED (guaranteed by creator)

We are going to call this one early. Please see Update #7 for details. 

We will redesign the housing to allow the drive to be user accessible. The drive slide into the unit from the bottom and snap into place. To unlock and remove the drive, insert a special "key" that we will design that will decouple the snaps and allow the drive to be pulled out.

Stretch #4 - $80K - Wi-Fi Implementation
> UNLOCKED (guaranteed by creator)

We will implement support for Flash Porter to use Wi-Fi. In total there will be 3 options for Flash Porter:

  • (1) No Wi-Fi
  • (2) Wi-Fi by USB Dongle (add $20)
  • (3) Wi-Fi internally built into the device (add $35)

The main feature benefits of having Wi-Fi is that you will be able to use Flash Porter as a “wireless file server”.

  • View photos and videos that are backed up and stored on Flash Porter through Smartphone and Tablet connection.
  • Copy files between Flash Porter and Smartphone and Tablet.
  • Share Flash Porter connection with multiple Smartphone and Tablets at the same time.
  • Connect to computer wirelessly through ‘file share’.

 Please note that Wi-Fi support will be implemented in stages:

  • Stage 1 (target completion – Feb 2017)- First, we will implement the drivers so that Flash Porter can connect with and use the selected Wi-Fi chipset.
    --- After this is completed, Flash Porter will have Wi-Fi function. You will need to configure some settings on Flash Porter.
    --- To connect with Tablet or Smartphone, you will need to download free APP that are available that support 'Samba file sharing'.
    --- To connect with Mac or PC, you will need to 'map shared drives'.
    --- Yes this is technical, but it's the first step and will get some of you up and running with wireless function.
  • Stage 2 (target completion – May 2017)Second, we will develop dedicated APPs that will take care of all the configuration so that by running the APP, you will be able to see your Flash Porter and connect to it automatically without doing any kind of geeky setup.
    --- You will need to download and install APPs on your Smartphone/Tablet device to do this.
    --- The Mac or PC shared drive connection will be the same.

Hardware options

All backers will have the following options:  

  • (1) Do nothing and use Flash Porter as it is now.
    --- No change.  
  • (2). Include a USB Dongle that will let you use Flash Porter with Wi-Fi when the USB Dongle is attached.
    --- This will cost an extra $20 and can be delivered according to the current schedule.  
  • (3) Choose to change to internal Wi-Fi version.
    --- This will cost an extra $35 and delivery will be April 2017.

Stretch #5 - $100K - File Encryption

We will implement password protection on startup and file encryption to protect your photos, video, and other files that you backup and store on your Flash Porter. 

The password protection will prevent unwanted people from accessing your photos if they find your Flash Porter. 

The file encryption will prevent anybody from taking out the drive and mounting it to another drive controller. Once encrypted, each hard drive can only be accessed with that particular Flash Porter unit. 

At DFI Gear, we are passionate about photos. We truly believe that as time goes on, photos are your memories. Whether it's 2 years ago, 5 years, or even a decade or more in the past, being able to see a photo of a long lost memory, brings it back into sharp focus and allows you to relive all the emotions just as you were there. 

It's for this reason that we feel as strongly as we do. Our goal is to provide a simple and easy to use solution that anybody can use to preserve and protect all of the memories captured throughout their lives. 

For the past 12 years, our team has been continually, designing and refining solutions to solve this need. 

We are really excited about Flash Porter because it will be the most easy to use, secure solution for digital photo backup and management on the market today.  

 

Risks and challenges

As with any undertaking of this type, there are unavoidable risks and challenges. Specifically for Flash Porter the major issues that we need to overcome are: Software development, Hardware design, Manufacturing, and quality control.

Fortunately, our team has over 12 years of experience designing and manufacturing devices of this type. With over 15 successful product launches under our belt, we have a pretty good idea of what we are doing.

Software development - The software is functional and about 90% of what we would consider a market ready launch. The major features are all completed and functional. The remaining 10% is what we consider fine tuning to make everything work as streamlined as possible and polishing to make sure everything is in place and looking good.

Hardware design - The PC board is in it's 6th iteration and very stable. The last improvement from the 5th iteration to the current 6th iteration was to improve the signal strength of the USB 3.0 Type-C connection so that we can achieve the fastest data transfer speeds possible for the computer connection.

Manufacturing - Our team has over a decade of experience and more than 15 product models that we have launched. We are well versed in the manufacturing and quality control process.

Please have confidence what we will successfully bring Flash Porter to market and will deliver as promised. If you have any questions, feel free to post a message or email us directly at kickstarter@dfigear.com.

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