Oldenburg, Germany, March 07, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Alice & Bob aren’t lovers but a device-twosome that allows users to move their workspace to whatever location they want, in the blink of an eye.
An installation of the devices is not necessary so that the user is granted instant access to the network resources and drives at their company. Alice & Bob were engineered by the Start-up LOWOTEC, which is based in the Technology and Founders Center Oldenburg. The team consists of four diploma informatics scientists who have made it their mission to develop easy-to-operate solutions for complex technologies. In December 2014 LOWOTEC was rewarded the Founders Award of the University of Oldenburg, a prize of nationwide recognition, for their innovative product idea. To go into production with the prototypes of Alice & Bob, the four developers are now looking for support on the international crowd funding platform Indiegogo under www.igg.me/at/LOWOTEC.
“It was important to us to come up with an inexpensive product that is easy enough to use so you don’t need to have any particular IT knowledge to make it work. Here, our main focus was on small and medium-sized businesses who often cannot afford an IT specialist,” LOWOTEC manager Guido Neun explains. “With Alice & Bob the setup of a mobile office is reduced to plugging in a network cable.” The two devices are each no bigger than a smart phone and weigh about 70 grams (2.47 ounzes). Alice is connected to the business network at the office via cable. Bob is plugged in between the external computer and the router. “What makes this special is that the two gadgets connect with each other and independently establish a direct and private data connection via the Internet,” says Neun. Data security was one of the basic requirements for LOWOTEC during the development-state. “We use a twice-certified codification recommended by the German Federal Office for Information Security.”
The LOWOTEC-couple Alice & Bob are fully functioning prototypes. They have been on trial with test users for the last few months. “The feedback we have received so far was throughout positive. On top of that an increasing number of requests are coming in, which proves our assumption that there is a great need for this technology,” Neun says. The crowd funding campaign on indiegogo.com is hoped to bring in enough money to finance the first serial production. For that the founders need a total sum of 120,000 Euro. Campaign supporters not only help to realize Alice & Bob but can also purchase the devices at an advantageous offer. Early birds can expect 30 percent off the regular price of 399 Euro pre-tax.
"Alice & Bob are going to be one hundred percent ‘Made in Germany’," Neun points out. Production is supposed to start immediately after the end of the campaign in May.
Contracts with companies in Lower Saxony, the home state of LOWOTEC, have already been made. “We deliberately went for a production chain in Germany, so that we are able to be on location quickly and to optimally integrate our experience with the construction of high tech production into the process.” Campaign supporter will receive their devices by mail in October.
More information about LOWOTEC under www.LOWOTEC.com. Updates on the campaign’s state of development on Facebook under www.facebook.com/LOWOTEC.