This mini-server is giving you back control and ownership of your data

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Internet hacks have affected lives, societies, countries, and even governments. Whether it’s interference in elections, an email leak, password database leak, or just a leak of photos from your cloud, you stand to lose your data for the simple reason because that data isn’t ‘with you’. It lies on a remote server along with everyone’s data, making it susceptible to massive breaches. A Seattle-based start-up wants that situation to change.

The Helm is a private server that promises to provide a small custom-built server that connects to a user’s home or small-office network and sends, receives, and manages email, contacts, and calendars, with photo storage rolling out soon. The Helm may sound like a daunting product to use, but the company promises that it takes just 3 minutes to set up, and provides strong encryption that only you, the consumer, can decrypt.

The Helm’s design comes courtesy New York-based New Deal Design. Emphasizing on the aspect of home-based-security, the Helm literally models itself on the shape of a roof, known for its sturdiness and steadfastness. Its design instantly becomes synonymous with security (almost reminding one of the phrase “to have a roof above one’s head”), and also allows the product to be stackable, letting you to layer multiple Helms above one another. Each Helm device comes with a 120GB SSD within it, so a user can simply add more Helms to the mix in order to increase storage. “Helm utilizes a one-shot plastic top and an extruded aluminum heat sync as its main enclosure. With minimal fasteners, and excellent heat dissipation, Helm accomplishes high performance in a smaller (and quieter) form factor.” For as little as $99 a year, Helm provides you with a dedicated server that belongs to you and sits in your home, giving you complete ownership and control over your data, so that the data is never, at any point of time, in the hands of others.

Designer: New Deal Design for Helm

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Drone lights will guide you home

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The idea seems wild, but the more and more you think about it, the more it begins making sense, and seems more plausible than before. The idea behind the Twinkle is to combine drone tech and illumination to make the world’s smartest and most useful street-lights.

Each individual street-lamp would be a vertical pole with multiple Twinkle drones docked in it. The drones would come with powerful lights at their base, illuminating the land right underneath them, and when docked in their lamp-posts, would look just like any streetside lamp. However, as soon as pedestrians pass from underneath, a single Twinkle drone would leave its dock and follow the pedestrian(s) around, lighting their path. This individual lighting solution would mean no dark alleyways or blind-spots for pedestrians, as they quite literally have a guiding light with them. If a Twinkle’s battery reached critical status, it would head back to its dock and send another Twinkle on the way.

A floating street-light goes far beyond making streets safer. Its ability to move allows it to patrol streets, alleys, and even off-road paths where you probably wouldn’t find any lights. The Twinkle drone helps guide you from A to B, rather than rely on a string of streetlights to illuminate your path. When done, it goes back to its dock, transforming back into your regular streetlight!

Designers: Honghao Deng & Jiabao Li.

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