Amber X is a privacy-focused in-home cloud storage for your photos you can access anywhere

Dec 14, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Amber X is a privacy-focused in-home cloud storage for your photos you can access anywhere

Dec 14, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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With all the goings-on at Google and people looking for alternate cloud storage options, sometimes it’s easier to just be your own cloud. I use Resilio Sync for this, but that does usually mean building up a dedicated PC. The Amber X wants to simplify that process with an inexpensive cloud-storage-in-a-box solution that lets you store your data and retrieve it anywhere.

Amber X is currently running on Indiegogo, where it’s long since passed its goal. It has a couple of days left to go, with pledges starting at $129. But we’ve got you a special link that’ll let you get your hands on one for just $119 – about the same cost you’d pay for a year of Google Photos or iCloud for the same storage, except there’s no subscription with this!

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Amber X’s cloud storage system is focused heavily on Privacy. All your data is stored locally on your Amber X device and is never stored on AmberCloud itself and nobody can see your data – not even the Amber team, so there’s no need to worry about who’s looking at your photos and video. AmberCloud is simply a means to let your mobile device see your Amber X sitting at home and to make the connection.

The Amber X unit itself contains 500GB of internal SSD storage, but you can add virtually unlimited storage to the device using external USB SSDs and hard drives. While it will let you back up just about anything, it’s designed primarily to let you back up your camera roll. Once your device is synced, all your photos and videos are automatically backed up to the device’s internal SSD.

Setting up is simple. Just plug in power and add it to your home network. Download the app for either iOS, Android, Windows or macOS and run through the setup process. After that, away you go. Once backed up, your photos and videos are automatically organised by the system’s built-in AI, which lets you then filter and view images sorted by location, faces detected, which device they were created with, when and more. And, if you wish, you can share select folders, images and videos with specific people that only you allow.

Overall it looks like a neat, self-contained solution to the cloud backup issue faced by just about anybody who shoots photos or videos with their phone. And when you’re at home with your device, you’re not limited by Internet speeds, so you can back up quickly. And if you run out of space, you can just add another hard drive.

Amber X is already being manufactured and is currently on Indiegogo with a couple of days left. Here’s a secret link for DIYP readers, that’ll get you $10 off the normal Super Early Bird price, bringing it down from $129 to $119. Shipping is expected to begin in February 2021.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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5 responses to “Amber X is a privacy-focused in-home cloud storage for your photos you can access anywhere”

  1. Ghislain Côté Avatar
    Ghislain Côté

    Yay for privacy. I get it, some people like the mobile app ease + easy 0 setup backup vibe… Buuuuutttt I just can’t understand the “Home Cloud” description.
    To me, something is home OR cloud. It is on premise OR cloud.
    To me, “Cloud” is “I don’t know where it is, but it is simple and highly available and secured (read : backed up, not necessarily private)”
    “Home” is not “cloud”.
    When “home” is on fire, “cloud” is not affected.
    When “hard drive fails”, “cloud” should not show it.

    1. John Beatty Avatar
      John Beatty

      Right on all accounts. This is nothing but another type of NAS.
      I use a NAS solution for home, two factor authentication plus net security. No issues with client access but brick wall to all others. For archive/backup is cloud.

  2. Albin Avatar
    Albin

    Currently using OneDrive but likely moving media files to Mega cloud storage, both of which have PC local file sync. I use a third-party AutoSync (MetaCtrl) apps for mobile sync with a microSD card as wanted. The proprietary OneDrive and Mega Android apps access cloud but do not sync files with phone storage as they do with desktop PCs. I agree with the other comment that cloud storage is off-site safer so long as confidential material is independently encrypted.

    I’ve seen several comparable services for encrypted links to / from PC local storage, but this drive box has an advantage as independent passive storage, with the PC shut down. Haven’t seen that before.

  3. Mathieu Carbou Avatar
    Mathieu Carbou

    This thing does not replace Cloud storage!
    What if your house burns ?
    What if the device gets stolen ?

  4. Ali Avatar
    Ali

    does it have face/scene recognition?