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Soft test: WanderVault, the portable backup solution with NAS features

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Hello,

Introduction:

This is my first post to this forum, so I'm not really sure how to go about this.
First I will introduce myself a little.
My name is Rune, I'm 23 years old and I'm from Belgium. English is not my native language, so pardon my spelling mistakes. I, together with my partner, are starting up our first ever business. We have both read UNSCRIPTED, that's how I got to this forum, and I thought I'd give it a try for soft-testing our product. We've been through quite some phases of what we want our business to be. Reading UNSCRIPTED and attending various entrepreneurial workshops got us this far. Now we've gotten quite some things down (our business persona, sustainable development goals, our target audience etc.) it's time to do some soft-testing.

Our product is the following:

Wandervault is supposed to be a portable backup solution for photographers. Taking photos on SD cards comes with the risk of losing set card or it getting damaged. SD cards can get currupted quite easily and this usually results in the deletion of all data. As I've heard a lot in the photography community "don't put all your eggs in one basket". And this is what our product will be all about.
Our pocket-sized device will allow photographers to simply transfer the files from their SD card to the internal SSD where they will automatically be sorted by date of transfer. The device will come with an internal battery and an OLED display for simple navigation. The user will be able to transfer files from and to a micro-SD card, SD card, USB and USB-c. This means that, when preferred, one could connect a USB drive to the device and in one move copy all the files from the internal SSD to the drive.
Besides the simple use of backup storage, the device will have NAS features. This means the device itself is capable of connecting via WIFI to external devices. This way, you would be capable of looking at the data stored on the internal SSD of the device on you phone, laptop, computer or even smart-tv. Small changes can be made via these external devices as well, for example: sorting photo's and deleting unwanted photo's.
For this NAS system to operate the device is required to be connected to the internet of course. This can be done by connecting it to a home network or by putting a SIM card in the device (this can be done easily, like putting a SIM card in a phone). This SIM card can be provided by us, combined with a provider subscription which allows the user to use the NAS features at all time, even in remote locations. The user could also just get a SIM card from their local provider themselves.
To extend the usage of this NAS system, we are also thinking of adding automated cloud storage to the device. This way all data that is uploaded to the internal SSD of the device will automatically be uploaded to the cloud (using the SCPrime database). This would come in the form of a monthly subscription.
The device will be as water proof as possible (we still have to figure that out) and the user will be capable of replacing the internal SSD if necessary.

Our Sustainable Development Goals:

We, as people and as a business, believe sustainability to be the core of our business. This takes three different forms: people - planet - prosperity.

People:
- To cut costs, making our product available to different demographics, one will be able to purchase the DIY-kit of our product. This will include all necessary components of the WanderVault so the user gets to put it together. One would be able to buy the assembled product itself
as well of course.
- Assembled models will be assembled in local work spaces, paying workers a fair price for their work and supporting the local economy.

Planet:
-Components will be produced in local factories, again supporting local businesses and lowering our carbon footprint
-Reclaimed and rechargeable batteries will be used to power the device
-The casing of the product will be made in Europe from bio-degradable plastics
-Parts will be separately sold on our website, this means that if one component of the device breaks one could easily replace it without trowing out the entire device. This makes our product semi-open source. This because some of the PCB plates will be our own and have to be purchased via our website.

Prosperity:
-support of local economy by only using European businesses
-use of local resources

Outro:

I've put up a really big wall of text here, I hope it was legible.
What do I want to achieve with this? This is just a soft test of our product. What I want is for people to tell me what they like and dislike about our idea. So feel free to drop down anything that comes to mind. Positive or negative, it's all valuable data.
Part have been ordered to make a LOFI version of our product, so we can start messing around with settings and style.
I'm sure this is not the last you will hear from me.
I thank you in advance.

Regards
Rune Deblauwe
 
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Welcome Rune. Big wall of text, yes, but good stuff and your English isn't bad.

I'm curious how the additional costs of sourcing ethically will impact your price flexibility. Are others in the space environmentally friendly? Would that be a competitive advantage for you?
 

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Welcome Rune. Big wall of text, yes, but good stuff and your English isn't bad.

I'm curious how the additional costs of sourcing ethically will impact your price flexibility. Are others in the space environmentally friendly? Would that be a competitive advantage for you?
Thank you :) and that's a very good question.
No doubt about it will affect our price, however, my partner is a product designer so he has his way in some companies and knows a bit about the price. There is no way of knowing how much it will affect the price, and I hope we can keep it down quite a bit, but only time shall tell I suppose.

Also I don't think it will be possible to get everything from within the EU. I'm not sure if there even are companies who make PCB's in the EU. We'll have to do some more research on that.
 

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Hello,

Introduction:

This is my first post to this forum, so I'm not really sure how to go about this.
First I will introduce myself a little.
My name is Rune, I'm 23 years old and I'm from Belgium. English is not my native language, so pardon my spelling mistakes. I, together with my partner, are starting up our first ever business. We have both read UNSCRIPTED, that's how I got to this forum, and I thought I'd give it a try for soft-testing our product. We've been through quite some phases of what we want our business to be. Reading UNSCRIPTED and attending various entrepreneurial workshops got us this far. Now we've gotten quite some things down (our business persona, sustainable development goals, our target audience etc.) it's time to do some soft-testing.

Our product is the following:

Wandervault is supposed to be a portable backup solution for photographers. Taking photos on SD cards comes with the risk of losing set card or it getting damaged. SD cards can get currupted quite easily and this usually results in the deletion of all data. As I've heard a lot in the photography community "don't put all your eggs in one basket". And this is what our product will be all about.
Our pocket-sized device will allow photographers to simply transfer the files from their SD card to the internal SSD where they will automatically be sorted by date of transfer. The device will come with an internal battery and an OLED display for simple navigation. The user will be able to transfer files from and to a micro-SD card, SD card, USB and USB-c. This means that, when preferred, one could connect a USB drive to the device and in one move copy all the files from the internal SSD to the drive.
Besides the simple use of backup storage, the device will have NAS features. This means the device itself is capable of connecting via WIFI to external devices. This way, you would be capable of looking at the data stored on the internal SSD of the device on you phone, laptop, computer or even smart-tv. Small changes can be made via these external devices as well, for example: sorting photo's and deleting unwanted photo's.
For this NAS system to operate the device is required to be connected to the internet of course. This can be done by connecting it to a home network or by putting a SIM card in the device (this can be done easily, like putting a SIM card in a phone). This SIM card can be provided by us, combined with a provider subscription which allows the user to use the NAS features at all time, even in remote locations. The user could also just get a SIM card from their local provider themselves.
To extend the usage of this NAS system, we are also thinking of adding automated cloud storage to the device. This way all data that is uploaded to the internal SSD of the device will automatically be uploaded to the cloud (using the SCPrime database). This would come in the form of a monthly subscription.
The device will be as water proof as possible (we still have to figure that out) and the user will be capable of replacing the internal SSD if necessary.

Our Sustainable Development Goals:

We, as people and as a business, believe sustainability to be the core of our business. This takes three different forms: people - planet - prosperity.

People:
- To cut costs, making our product available to different demographics, one will be able to purchase the DIY-kit of our product. This will include all necessary components of the WanderVault so the user gets to put it together. One would be able to buy the assembled product itself
as well of course.
- Assembled models will be assembled in local work spaces, paying workers a fair price for their work and supporting the local economy.

Planet:
-Components will be produced in local factories, again supporting local businesses and lowering our carbon footprint
-Reclaimed and rechargeable batteries will be used to power the device
-The casing of the product will be made in Europe from bio-degradable plastics
-Parts will be separately sold on our website, this means that if one component of the device breaks one could easily replace it without trowing out the entire device. This makes our product semi-open source. This because some of the PCB plates will be our own and have to be purchased via our website.

Prosperity:
-support of local economy by only using European businesses
-use of local resources

Outro:

I've put up a really big wall of text here, I hope it was legible.
What do I want to achieve with this? This is just a soft test of our product. What I want is for people to tell me what they like and dislike about our idea. So feel free to drop down anything that comes to mind. Positive or negative, it's all valuable data.
Part have been ordered to make a LOFI version of our product, so we can start messing around with settings and style.
I'm sure this is not the last you will hear from me.
I thank you in advance.

Regards
Rune Deblauwe
Hi Rune, I have a question for you.

Why would not someone buy a memory card reader, plug the SD card into the phone/laptop, and upload the photos to cloud storage? I'm not a photographer, just a frequent user of dslr cameras.

I personally used this method to save my photos. Why would your ideal customer use your solution over the standard "throw it to google drive" method? Will you make it easier?

Ideally I would've liked the photos to be automatically uploaded to my cloud storage from the SD card without me lifting a finger. Then I'd sort out the details over there. What makes your solution even easier than this ideal scenario? Can you replicate it?

These are just my experiences I wanted to share with my brief moments of photography. Hope this helps you in improving your product.

Lastly, why NAS over cloud? Why not directly throw the photos to cloud?
 
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Hi Rune, I have a question for you.

Why would not someone buy a memory card reader, plug the SD card into the phone/laptop, and upload the photos to cloud storage? I'm not a photographer, just a frequent user of dslr cameras.

I personally used this method to save my photos. Why would your ideal customer use your solution over the standard "throw it to google drive" method? Will you make it easier?

Ideally I would've liked the photos to be automatically uploaded to my cloud storage from the SD card without me lifting a finger. Then I'd sort out the details over there. What makes your solution even easier than this ideal scenario? Can you replicate it?

These are just my experiences I wanted to share with my brief moments of photography. Hope this helps you in improving your product.

Lastly, why NAS over cloud? Why not directly throw the photos to cloud?
Hi Khan, that's an excellent question!

Maybe I didn't clarify this enough in my description. Our product is made specially for photographers on the go. You're right, that for example wedding photographers could easily just use their laptop and drop their photo's on there or on the cloud. However, this is not possible for travelling photographers, nature photographers, GoPro videographers etc. When you're just taking photo's for memory purposes you surely can just hook up the SD card to your phone and manually move them. This however comes with it's own issues.
These include; slow writing speeds for internal storage on the phone (especially when it's about video's or larger files), manually selecting and copying the files from SD to internal storage, storage is limited to the storage of the phone (this of course can be upgraded by buying an SD card to put in the phone, but than you'll have the same issue with faulty cards), you're limited to the battery life of the external device (which is often not great with older laptops and phones), and of course the size of the external device. A laptop is quite a thing to drag around on a hiking trip.

Thank you so much for your comment! You gave me something to think about!

Your idea of the SD card automatically uploading the pictures to the cloud sounds really interesting too, and perhaps we can try to find a solution for that! I'll give it some thought.
 

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