Using social networks and online services has become more than just a pastime. It’s almost a necessity for some of us, so we have no option but to accept their terms of service and let them control our information.
Networks like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter may not cost the user money, but they are certainly not free. These companies make a fortune out of your personal information, which you sign off upon signing up.
There’s now a way to take control of your personal information. It’s a new device made by a company named Eggcyte and they call it the Egg. This is a small Tamagotchi-looking device that works as your personal mobile server.
How does the Egg work?
The Egg can connect to any WiFi connection and put your files on a personal website. Every user will get a free personalized domain (e.g.: edgar.eggcyte.com), which can easily be accessed from any browser.
This will be your portal to anything saved in that 64/128/256 GB Egg. But let’s get to the point – how does this thing really work for the user? Well, it saves all your files and allows you to share them straight from the device.
In essence, it would work much like sharing a photo or video from any other website. You will be able to post a link on Facebook, for example, and a preview will show up. Or you can even send it to an email.
The magic begins after sharing. You can monitor and control your files after the fact. You can even make them unavailable or delete it if you want. It’s literally like hosting a website, and your server is with you whenever you want it, not in some far away room filled with stacked machines.
The best part is it is being opened up to developers, meaning applications and functions will continue to expand. The Egg won’t be limited to what Eggcyte develops for it.
What if the Egg’s battery dies?
Because it needs to be connected to work, all your files and website will become unavailable when the Egg is not connected to the internet. This may happen when your battery depletes (battery life is estimated at 10-12 hours), or when you simply disconnect from WiFi.
Why do I even need this
This is meant for people that really care about keeping their personal information in check. It could be used to share files you don’t want the whole internet to see, or for files you don’t want your social networks to own after being shared.
As a photography enthusiast, I can understand why many users would find this to be a great tool. Photographers (and other content creators) often want to keep full ownership of their work, for example. This would be an amazing way to accomplish such feat, without going through the hassles of starting your own website.
It can also be used for small businesses of any sort, who may not have the resources to hire a full IT team to launch a website but need those services.
Ok, how do I get it?
As it goes with many of these new products, the company is running a Kickstarter campaign in order to get the Egg out there. You can get an Egg by pledging as little as $199 (limited quantity).
There are higher offers with better deals, of course. Simply check out Eggcyte’s Kickstarter page to see all the offers. The campaign ends in 30 days, so get on it! There’s also a few limited edition colors for those who want something a little more fun.
Official price and release date
If everything goes according to plan, this device should start shipping starting June 2015 (Kickstarter lists July, just in case). The retail price will then go up to “the high $200s”, which probable means $299.
It may seem a bit pricey, but it’s not once you compare it to pricey servers. Not to mention, it’s a unique concept we haven’t seen at work yet. It may even become its very own social network of sorts if it takes off.
I am actually considering buying one for my photography work. Who else is signing up?