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      Toby Sear on

      I got a message from regarding this project, he has more info on the Maxell Airstash that seems to be what Brenda was using as her "prototype".
      Philip's message below:
      When I first saw the Servio project at Kickstarter, I was a little suspicious,
      both by the presentation, info given, and the ReplyGirl type intro.

      Then the project was closed with no info as to why, and some assorted comments
      that suspected that this was a ripoff.

      This was the first time I had ever seen a Kickstarter project killed, so
      I did some research on the Maxwell Airstash, to find some internal pictures.

      I have uploaded them here:

      I thought this would be of interest to the backers looking for some
      confirmation of why it got killed.

      I got the pictures from the FCC (USA Federal Communications Commission)
      web site where, (with significant effort) you can get technical info
      on anything that has gone through the compliance process. The Airstream
      contains a transmitter so to sell it legally in the US, it needs to have
      an FCC approval number. In this case XSNA02.

    2. Juan Carlos Santana on

      I think the first prototype was simply an Maxwell Airstash... It looked identical... Maybe that's why it was suspended

    3. Brad Keen on

      This is the second project in the last couple of months to get suspended that does a similar thing. I am very excited to find a product that lets me transfer pictures from an sd card to a phone. If someone comes up with the project, I'll definitely fund it.

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      Toby Sear on

      If you want something similar there is:
      CloudFTP, a previous kickstarter project:…
      Maxell AirStash (google it) - budget device for sharing sd card over wifi

    5. MarkS on

      Looking around a WR703N would probably do the job.(25 with DDWRT linux installed) and a battery pack. Its pretty darn small. Maybe we should make one...

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      Anuj Desai on

      Something like this does exist, just not this small, at this price, using minimal power as she claimed (which peaked my interest). Would have been nice. It's technically possible, and similar items may be appearing soon with the drop in in manufacturing costs for components needed to achieve this.

    7. Mr. Shantyboat on

      Their families must be so proud.

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      Nick on

      Hane it was a scam/not valud project. Its a cute idea. Well done to some eagle eyed backers I guess. I thought the project looked a bit basic and bare on the circuit board....but who knows what whizz kids can do nowadays. Backing rewards explained a bit amateurish gave me pause, too. Hope someone takes this idea and runs with it.

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      Kevin Berger on

      I thought it might be a "there is already a similar product"... kickstarter did a device called cloudftp from someone in january...

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      Tyler B on

      After paying closer attention to the video, I notice that the "new" quarter sized "prototype" has a date on the board, 2008.02.01, so it's either a really old new prototype or some sort of chopped up card reader as said by toby.

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      Toby Sear on

      hi guys, looks like it was a scam, her "prototype" looks to just be one of these:
      with no case.
      and after re-watching the video:
      the quarter sized device has no usb port at all, in any form as far as i can see.
      it has no battery at all
      looks to be just a cut up micro sd reader?
      theres no way you could reduce the size of the battery on the Maxell device, to be small enough to fit on that new device with the same battery life.

    12. Mr. Shantyboat on

      OK.. she says she is an Electrical Engineering Major from Sacred Heart University. I don't see that they offer that major.

    13. Mr. Shantyboat on

      Could it be that the name is already in use by another company?

    14. Alvaro Peralta

      Hello Brenda, can you please let us all know why Kickstarter Suspended the Project?
      I was looking fwd to your Servio so much :-(
      Hope to hear from you soon.

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      P Johnson on

      I agree I was looking forward to this, And am curious what happened to suspend funding.....

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      teddy on

      It was my first backed project ...
      Hope someone will tell us what is thé problem

    17. Jeffrey on

      Brenda, can you clarify?

    18. Chris on

      That sucks

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      Tommy Thorn on

      Looking at the KS FAQ I guess we'll never know:

      "Can I find out why a project was suspended?
      No. For legal and privacy reasons, Kickstarter does not comment on moderator actions."

      That sucks. I've seen other projects that looked a lot more suspect. I can't see anything to suggest it was a scam. Hopefully this idea gets a new life somewhere, ideally is a more open manner.

    20. Roger Brown on

      I was looking forward to these really useful devices. Shucks!

    21. MarkS on

      Suspended. Can anyone explain why ?

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      Brenda Feliciano (deleted) Creator on

      There will be a very near future firmware update that will allow sdxc cards.
      Thank you

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      Brenda Feliciano (deleted) Creator on

      Servio refreshes the ip everytime you turn it on. As with any device today (iPhone, Android....etc), there does not exist a way to password protect the sd card itself. The password that Servio uses would deny access to the sd card only when it is in the sd card slot of Servio

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      Wy on

      Will you be having sdxc support for sizes larger than 32gb?

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      Marco on

      Hi Brenda,
      thanks for the great summary on Wi-Fi encryption. Great to hear that Servio supports all newer protocols. I am confident that my files will be protected during transport.
      My question though was around protecting my files on the SD card. Anyone that knows my IP can gain access to the SD? Or is there a way for me to grant permission?
      Granted that one can password protect the file, just wondering if other options are available either with first release or maybe future ones.

      Congratulations on your now fully funded project.

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      Brenda Feliciano (deleted) Creator on

      Im going to make a new reward with the combination of those 2 rewards together. I have done this for other backers as well. Let me know if you have any questions.
      Thanks Brenda

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      Hajo Jonker

      Hello there from The Netherlands I just pledged as an SUPER EARLY BIRD BACKER but I would also want the SUPER SAVER DEAL because of the keychain and mico SD how can I pledge?, regards Hajo

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      Brenda Feliciano (deleted) Creator on

      I will definately be looking into stretch goals. Thanks for telling me about them.

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      Brenda Feliciano (deleted) Creator on

      Yes you can use the internet while connected to Servio.

    30. Clifford on

      Or lilypadding Servio units, to create spontaneous networks.

      Ability to connect to larger power source to extend uptime.

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      nameless on

      Or to connect through internet to a distance servio ;-).

    32. Clifford on

      A stretch goal is saying if funding reaches "X" level we will add this feature.

      Goals could include more color options, added platform support, or added functionality.

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      Brenda Feliciano (deleted) Creator on

      Could you explain to me what stretch goals are? I never heard of that. Sorry for being uninformed.

    34. Jeffrey on

      Any chance of there being stretch goals in the upcoming weeks?

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      Kevin Berger on

      Is there a way to be streaming a file from servio while also on the internet? I know ad-hoc mode makes that impossible, as the devices ignore other connections, but mayne through some sort of software trickery?

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      Nick on

      Great idea, Ms. Feliciano. Looks like Servio is going to get built! Looking forward to mine.

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      Ernest Grzybowski on

      Such a simple idea. Many companies have really expensive alternatives to this. Great job.

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      Tommy Thorn on

      Hi Brenda,

      encrypting the transport is important but what I was referring to was encrypted files (imagine loosing your Servio device with sensitive files on it). However my more general question was about the openness of the design. I take your silence as a firm no.

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      Brenda Feliciano (deleted) Creator on

      Thank you for the support.
      To answer your question, right now the approx. finished dimensions are 1.25" X 1.25". Thats quite small. If I had to get it smaller, I would have to take out the micro-sd slot & put dedicated flash memory. Removing the slot could shrink the lithium battery down since I dont need to power the micro-sd card. Doing this however would create different manufacturing configurations. Think of it this way. Remember Pong? That is all you can play. Now think of XBOX360 and PS3. People would rather have a choice. I must say though, a defined storage size works for Apple. In the case of Servio, it would drive up costs to include on-board memory. That might push Servio out of a consumer comfortable price range. It is definately feasble, but not at the prices of today's tech. You can throw boat loads of money at something but if people dont buy it then you loose more than you gain.

    40. Peter W. on

      You have an awesome product, probably will be funded many times over! Any chance of it getting even smaller if you get a big enough budget to work with?

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      Brenda Feliciano (deleted) Creator on

      Lets answer your questions in order.
      1. Servio has a range of 160'-0" line of site....around the 50 yard line.
      2. If by name you mean SSID, yes you can.
      3. Sorry about that one, but I wont be offering those after orders are filled.
      4. There are 3 choices to choose from if you want to put files from your PC or MAC onto Servio.
      A. Plug Servio into a USB port on your PC or MAC using the included USB wire.
      B. Put the micro-sd card into a memory card reader.
      C. And last but not least, wirelessly. When you connect Servio to your device, goto the settings and look up the ip address. Type the ip into any browser and it will show the files that you have on that micro-sd card.

      I explain in the FAQ section that all devices, including future ones, are and will be compatible with Servio. As long as a device, be it Apple, Android, or others, has the ability to pick up a wi-fi signal then it can connect to Servio.


    42. Clifford on

      1. What kind of open space range will this have? If placed at the touchdown line of a football field how far can one go before losing contact?

      2. With the GUI will it be possible to change the name that shows up.

      3. Is there any chance of continuing to offer the larger (but not by much) version after the early birds have flown?

      4. Upload is by plugging into a computer? Does Apple play well with this?

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      Brenda Feliciano (deleted) Creator on

      Servio not only has WEP 128-bit security, but it also has WPA2.

      Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a security algorithm for IEEE 802.11 wireless networks. Introduced as part of the original 802.11 standard ratified in September 1999, its intention was to provide data confidentiality comparable to that of a traditional wired network. WEP, recognizable by the key of 10 or 26 hexadecimal digits, is widely in use and is often the first security choice presented to users by router configuration tools.

      Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) are two security protocols and security certification programs developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance to secure wireless computer networks.
      WPA (sometimes referred to as the draft IEEE 802.11i standard) became available in 2003 and was intended as an intermediate measure in anticipation of the availability of the more secure and complex WPA2. WPA2 became available in 2004 and is a common shorthand for the full IEEE 802.11i (or IEEE 802.11i-2004) standard.

      WPA2 has replaced WPA. WPA2, which requires testing and certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance, implements the mandatory elements of IEEE 802.11i. In particular, it introduces CCMP, a new AES-based encryption mode with strong security.

      Hope this explains things for you


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      Brenda Feliciano (deleted) Creator on

      That is true. Servio will have a small GUI for changing your setting. Settings like SSID, adding a password for protection and authorized users. I will have pics shortly.


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      Marco on

      Hi Brenda,
      great idea. I can see myself using this device on a daily basis. Like Tommy below, I am curious of what kind of encryption (if any) is available to protect my precious files.

      Thank you. Looking forward to receive my Servio.

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      nameless on

      I mean for pc.

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      nameless on

      The device is gonna have some kind of graphical user interface to adjust its settings?

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      Brenda Feliciano (deleted) Creator on

      The $50 reward is the larger prototype 1 version of Servio. That reward is mainly for people that want to use a regular sd card as well as want to have the USB port on the PCB. The $70 reward is for the First production run (not a protoype at all). The keychain & 32GB micro-sd card & color choice do not come with this reward. That is why it is less expensive and can be shipped a month earlier than the $95 reward. If you look at the addtional items that come with the $95 reward, they add up to a lot more than $25. Also as a note, I'm not sure if you happen to catch the way I had rewards set up earlier, but it was more expensive to get all those items then. I did some calling around for different suppliers and I was able to redo the rewards that did not have backers yet. This allowed me to combine some rewards into the same monetary value.

    49. Ken's Lil' Sister

      I am not sure I am tracking, according to your FAQ all Servios come with a 32G micro SD card right? And, now it appears that all of your backers get to chose their color except for those who chose the prototype is this correct?

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