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Ex-Intel engineer invents solution to Cloud hacking : Egg

Ex-Intel engineer invents solution to Cloud hacking : Egg

Ex-Intel engineer Thomas Martis from Chandler left his job at Intel along with two colleagues to develop the Egg, a product that can store important and personal documents. Martis  has developed a handheld personal Web server, allowing the owner to store confidential documents, personal photos and videos and having more control over them than if they were in the Cloud.

Engineer Martis left his job at Intel along with two of its colleagues to develop the product they call the Egg, in which a consumer can also store wills, trust and loan papers and medical documents. “These are things you would never put in the Cloud. They’re too personal,” Martis said.

“Our model is narrow-casting as opposed to broadcasting. Facebook and Twitter are broadcasting. Your stuff is always in your control in this device. Unlike Facebook, you can delete content. Our focus is giving the consumer back their control.” Said Engineer Martis.

Developers of the Model Egg have begun a crowd-funding campaign on with a goal of raising $500,000. Engineering part is completed. The entrepreneurs need capital for production of Egg. Donors who provide a certain level of funding will receive Eggs.

The federal government has forced Yahoo Inc. to provide users information, but the government won’t be able to get to items stored in the Egg without a warrant or subpoena, he said.

When your content is on the Egg, it’s as though it’s in your home. He has business documents and photos of his children on his Egg. I wouldn’t put pictures of my kids up on Facebook.

The Egg device, which provides the owner with a personal website, has 128GB of storage and a battery that provides 10-12 hours of active use when away from a power outlet. The Egg also allows viewing content even if there is no available wireless connection. Martis expects the retail price of the Egg to be in the high $200 or low and the target date for shipping is the end of June or early July.

He said the Egg is safefrom hacking because “when you put something in the Cloud, hackers know where to find stuff.” The Egg, according to Martis, “wouldn’t be worth a hacker’s while to use brute force on mine. It’s not worth their while.”

Another benefit of the Egg, he said, is that it’s easy for low-tech people to use. The Egg can be attached to a phone, camera, tablet or PC for importing photos, videos, music and files onto the Egg.

The Egg fits easily into the palm of the hand. “We put a lot of thought into the shape and size,” Martis said. “We didn’t want it to look like all the other things. People can form a relationship with this.”


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