Internet users have plenty of options for cloud storage, and many of them are quite affordable. But it might be even cheaper to control your own cloud that you’d be able to store in your own home and upgrade at your own convenience. That’s exactly what Brease, the white cloud-shaped gadget pictured above, wants to help you with.
The first thing you’ll need to do with Brease is to plug it in and hook it up to the Internet. Once that’s done, you can add as much storage as possible to it by connecting flash drives and external hard drives to it, which can then be accessed from anywhere in the world from a variety of devices, including smartphones and tablets. The company says you’ll be able to share data with friends and family as well using your own cloud.
Brease is compatible with iOS, Android, Mac and Windows, and supposedly comes with advanced protection. Your privacy will apparently be safeguarded by a “truly unique” authentication process.
“When a device is assigned to your Brease for the first time, an encrypted master key is generated. This master key is then stored locally on both your Brease and the assigned device,” the company writes. “Master keys are unique for each assigned device, which means that when an unknown or fraudulent device wants to access your Brease, it won’t be recognized and thus won’t have access to any files, even when the correct login credentials have been entered.”
The cheapest Brease retails for just $79 on Kickstarter (the super early bird edition) and should ship in February 2016, assuming the project reaches its $90,000 funding goal.