A gem of a product that we came across at CES Unveiled was Lima, a crowd-funded storage solution that ships to backers in early 2015. This product, which received over 1.2 million is funding on KickStarter, aims to give a peace of mind to people who harbor insecurity towards storing their personal data on the cloud.
Lima consists of a hardware module and cross-platform app that will enable you to store all data across all of your devices at one local location, and have access to it in a uniform manner on any device you use.
With the funding round completing successfully in September 2013, the product was expected to ship to the backers by year-end. It’s delayed by over a year, but looking at the feature list and stated capabilities, I can understand the challenges that they must have faced and why it took so much more time than expected. If it lives up to the expectations, the wait would have been well worth it.
How Lima Works?
There are two parts to Lima – One is the hardware adapter that connects sits between your router and the destination storage device (an external drive). Other is the Lima application that is available for several platforms. Currently, they support Android, iOS, OS X, Windows for PCs/Laptops and Linux. Windows Phone and Chrome OS can be accessed through the web app.
The Lima hardware module sports a RJ45 slot on one end to connect to your router. One the other end there is a USB port to connect to an external storage drive. This external drive acts as the unified storage for all your devices on which the Lima application is installed. It can easily be extended to up to 8 drives by using a USB hub.
Lima is designed to work as storage solution without worrying about the device or the platform. The Lima application changes the way the file system on your device works. Instead of the devices storing the files locally, all the files are stored on the drive connected to the Lima adapter. As the storage for all the devices is one, the access mechanism for all the devices is same. All the files on the storage are accessible to all the devices. Given how all the different platforms have different interfaces, I am indeed curious as to how this unified interface is presented across devices. Can’t wait to see Lima in action.
Privacy and Security
Lima aims to replace the need of a cloud service to have access to all your files across devices. The sync is automatically taken care of, once you install the app. You own the storage drive, and do not give any third-party access to all your data, thus giving you complete privacy. The storage is local and the files are encrypted using an AES key, making it more secure against attacks and hacks.
Lima boasts of several other features that make it a unique and outstanding product:
- Synchronizing huge folders with others
- Access to your files from the web, including media streaming
- Multiple backup locations
- File versioning
- Mark files for offline access
- SDK for Developers to come up with innovative solutions using Lima
Final Thoughts: Lima Is a Product To Look Forward To
In order to challenge the ease of use of cloud services, any local storage solution needs to be extremely convenient and seamless. Lima has a claim to both these requirements while offering several other features that may make it THE local storage solution to look forward to.
It may be a while before I actually get my hands on one, but I would love to try it out for myself and share the results. I am too late to the party to back it on Kickstarter, but I think it is time to look into the pre-orders.