I have a suggestion that you might find interesting. This is kind of a feature / possible product that you guys might want to consider producing.
I’m sure you are all familiar with the Raspberry PI. For those who are not, it is a tiny computer that can fit in the palm of your hand, and can be purchased for as low as $35, and as much as $250+ directly depending on the specs of the device. My suggestion is going to focus on the $35 option.
Imagine for a moment, that on any computer you have – you can load up something called The SAFEBERRY PI Vault Manager. You load it up and you notice that there are options to add and manage new and existing SAFEBERRY PI Vault systems.
So you click the “Attach New Device” button in the manager, and it is asking you to physically look on the SAFEBERRY PI device for a little sticker that would be on it, which has an identification number of some sort. It asks you to turn on the device, make sure it is plugged into your home or office network, and to then enter the ID number.
A big smile appears on your face as you see that the manager application has successfully contacted your device, and you see its specifications there on the screen. You then see a button that says “Add This Device” and you happily click it.
The device is now added.
Now being an enthusiastic and loyal Safe Network user, you want to add some vault space. So you attach your USB hub that you already bought for this purpose, and you plug in the brand new external USB hard drive that you decided you’re going to allocate as vault space.
You click on the entry in the manager for the device to see all of the real time statistics for the device, including how much storage space it has allocated for the vault, which currently is reading at zero.
So you click the button you see that says “Add Storage” and another smile appears on your face as it has successfully identified the 4TB drive that you have plugged in. I mean, it can be any size drive but being such a loyal and enthusiastic Safe Network User – nothing less than 4TB would do to suit your standards.
Next you click on the button that says “Format And Add Storage” and a very short while later, the manager is now showing you that you have one SAFEBERRY PI Vault added that has a total storage capacity of 4TB, with however much percent used versus free space and so on.
The real time data stats would show how many SAFEBERRY PI Vault devices are added, the size and statistics for each attached drive, the total used and free space for each SAFEBERRY PI Vault device of all attached drives. As well as the total free and used space of all SAFEBERRY PI devices you have added, period.
Welcome to affordable plug and play vaults.
These SAFEBERRY PI Vaults would have their own operating system that is not intended to plug into a monitor screen and be used as a regular computer, but simply to be powered on and they will perform their tasks automatically, just like an internet router does not need a monitor screen.
Add another $10 to the price to compensate the MaidSafe employees for their valuable time they took to install the operating system, package the device and have it ready for you – as well as whatever shipping costs may apply.
What do you think?