Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter on June 26, 2012.
About this project
This funding will be used to further the development of the smaller formfactor lithium battery as well as write an iOS & Android file serving application. All rewards will include access to the proprietary file serving app to download for free on their respective marketplaces.
I want to create Servio to use its own Wi-Fi network, and connect to devices using a web browser or a compatible smartphone app. Up to 8 people can be connected to Servio at once using the built-in file server.
Servio can be used as a media access point. While in your car with the kids, you can stream music to the front seat and movies to the back seat at the same time. The kids can choose their own movies or music to enjoy on their individual devices.
Servio can share your files with multiple devices simultaneously. Don't make everyone gather around a single screen to see the latest family pictures and videos. Now everyone can share and enjoy photos and videos on their own device.
Servio will be simple to use as it is functional. Servio will have a rechargeable battery that will get you up to 5 hours of uninterrupted access wherever you go. Save and access files wirelessly, or plug Servio into a computer's USB port to drag-and-drop your files. It works with new and existing apps.
Plug your MicroSD card directly into Servio’s card slot to quickly view and easily transfer files back and forth from your smart devices. You can even store and stream HD video and audio. Servio has a built-in multimedia server that gives you the opportunity to watch movies or videos, and listen to music wherever you are. Plus, you can use it to have an expanded storage space on those devices that are limited in storage size.
Servio is compatible with smartphones, tablets, and computers, including iPad, iPphone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone 7 and Android devices. It allows compatiblity with many apps. You can use the built-in WEP2 secure access with hardware encryption/decryption.
You can connect to Servio using Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with a range of up to 160’. Servio has a USB 2.0 High Speed connection. Servio has a Micro-SD push-in/push-out card slot which can be expanded to a 64GB Micro-SD Card.
Why Am I Creating Servio?
I came up with the idea of Servio (my first prototype) out my own need of upgradable storage space and the ability to share my files at business meetings. Sure flash drives work but you need a PC to plug them into. I couldn’t get those files to my iPad unless I connected to a computer and stored them locally. In my line of work I have a lot of files (photos, PDF’s, drawings, contracts, etc...) that I need to carry around. Not all of them fit on my iPhone and iPad. This problem coupled with my love for Apple products (obviously memory upgrade is an issue), led me to tinker with wireless storage. I believe that everyone can do with a little more storage space and better access to their files. The greatest benefit is that it hangs from my key ring. I only need to turn it on. Not only can I get to any of my files at any time but I could share them with anyone I so choose. Business never became easier. In less time to turn on my iPad and search for any type of file, I could use any personal device (Android or Apple) to show them what they needed to see. Everyone loved the idea, but asked if I could make it smaller, so here I am.
Why Am I Doing a Kickstarter Project?
If I raise $8,000 then I can do a first run. A small portion will go to the finalization of the smaller form factor of the lithium battery. And in-turn, it will lower the retail cost so that I can offer Servio to you for $90.
I Want Servio to be Hanging from EVERYONE'S Keychain!!
How Am I Going to Manufacture the PCB's & Cases? Hey, How about that iOS & Android App? Tell Me Some More!
I am collaborating withLynx Tech. They are the perfect choice for me since they can supply the PCB’s and wireless chips in an environmentally responsible way. They are also located in the USA. I worked closely with them to get the board ready for manufacturing. With their help I will be done manufacturing the first run and can start shipping by September. They have a lot of experience meeting deadlines.
The cases are coming from CTPP. With nearly 30 years in the industry, CTPP has earned a reputation as precision plastics fabricators specializing in custom plastics machining with a clean, well-run and well-organized company, modern plastic machining processes and tools, and knowledgeable, experienced leadership. Currently they are awaiting my sign-off on the final design. They can turn around an infinite amount of cases in no time at all. I am waiting for a more accurate count of orders to choose my final label design. I have something special in mind for all of my backers!!
The iOS & Android applications will be written by me. I have been working on these apps day & night for the past 6 months. I can safely say that they will be available on their respective marketplaces by the time I ship.
That all depends on the size of the micro-sd card that you put in Servio. Servio comes with a 32GB micro-sd card. Thats plenty of space. You can fit different amounts of music, videos and photos based on the compression rate alone.
What kind of battery does Servio have and how do you charge it? Also, how long is a charge good for?
Servio comes with a lithium battery. It can be charged using the included USB wire. On a FULL-CHARGE, Servio can serve you on continuous usage for 5 long hours.
Is Servio compatible with ALL devices such as iPhone,iPad,iPod,Android,Tablets,PC,Mac,SmartTVs? How about future products?
YES! As long as the device that you have has the ability to make a WiFi connection, then Servio can be connected to it. WiFi is going to be here for a long time, so all future products will work as well. iPhone 5,6,7,8,100....Android super-sweet candy cane with powder sugar & gummy bears 10.2 or greater....you name it. WiFi = yes then Servio = yes
I have an iPhone4S 8gb, can I use Servio to hold all of my photos and music, and use my iPhone for just apps? My 8gb iPhone is full!!!
YES you can. That is one of the things that Servio is made for. Any Apple device, heck any device at all can benefit from the expanded storage space of Servio. It doesnt matter the file type either: jpeg, wmv, avi, divx, bmp, png, pdf, doc, xls, and the list goes on. Basically, the rule is that as long as you have a compatible app on your device that can view the file type in question then Servio can be used to call up that file. Its like your hard drive at home or your network at work except Servio is on your keychain.
When Servio ships, it will be usable out of the box with any application that acts as a file explorer. Apple apps: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iFiles, PDFexpert, Air Sharing, WebDAV...Android Apps: WebDAV, CineXplayer, MxPlayer and Cyberduck. This is just to name a few. By December, I will have the proprietary app for Servio ready to be downloaded on both iTunes and GooglePlay for free. All backers will receive an email with a link to the app.
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