Monument is an intelligent personal photo storage device
Cloud photo storage services, such as Google Photos, are abundant and users have plenty of choice. However, if you want to store large amounts of media these services usually charge a monthly fee and some photographers are concerned about the privacy of their images stored on a server somewhere in the depths of the internet.
In comes Monument. The personal photo storage device that is currently in crowdfunding stage combines the intelligent search and sorting functions of cloud storage services with the secure feeling of having your images stored on a physical device that is your own. Monument is a box that connects to your home Wi-Fi and syncs your smartphone images wirelessly. Images from a compact camera or DSLR can be added via a built-in SD-card slot; unfortunately users of cameras with CF memory cards are out of luck. Inside Monument there are two USB-connectors that allow you to plug in any standard portable USB harddrive to store your images on.
Once images have been synced with or copied to the connected hard drives Monument analyzes the image content, looking for faces and objects. Images are then automatically tagged with keywords. This not only allows you to browse your images by date, time, location, persons featured and camera used but also offers keyword search without a need for manual tagging. As you would expect via the dedicated Monument app images are accessible anywhere from your mobile device and can be shared via the usual channels. In terms of backup Monument offers two options. You can either connect two hard drives and mirror one of them or configure a remote backup to a second Monument device via a secure internet connection.
If this sounds interesting to you, you can secure a Monument now for as little as $79. Shipping is envisaged for fall 2016. More information including several videos is available on the Monument Kickstarter page.
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