Fog Works, a Web3 software company focused on developing solutions on the Datamall Chain, today announced Foggie Max, the world’s first personal Web3 server. Foggie Max is a consumer device that uses cutting-edge Web3 technology to deliver tangible benefits for everyday consumers and promises to be an essential on-ramp to Web3. Foggie Max can be purchased at a launch discount via the crowdfunding website Indiegogo over the next 30 days here.
Online consumers are overly reliant on Big Tech, leaving them vulnerable to service disruptions, price hikes, changes in terms and conditions, and occasional censorship. Additionally, Big Tech collects massive amounts of data from consumers, resulting in massive data breaches, privacy violations, and billions in oligopolistic profits.
This all starts to change with Foggie Max, the world’s first personal Web3 server.
“Today marks a new beginning of a new era,” said Xinglu Lin, CEO of Fog Works. “Foggie Max is the first consumer device to truly put the power of decentralization and Web3 into the hands of everyday consumers, so they can start freeing themselves from the clutches of Big Tech. It all starts now.”
Foggie Max shifts power from Big Tech to individual consumers in multiple ways.
Access to Ultra-Private dApps
Owners of Foggie Max will be able to purchase and download decentralized apps – or dApps – to their Foggie Max, just like users might download apps from Google Play or Apple App Store.
Once downloaded, these dApps belong to the user forever – they can never be remotely deactivated or discontinued. These dApps will also not have any monthly fees associated with them.
Any data generated by these dApps will only be stored in the user’s Foggie Max, greatly enhancing the user’s privacy.
Fog Works will develop some core dApps and encourage the development of third-party dApps. dApps already under consideration are a dApp that backs up all your smartphone photos; a private search engine; a private email server; a blog server; clubrooms with membership-only content; electronic patient records; in-home health & activity monitoring; video streaming; and digital wills.
Over time, these dApps will reduce consumer over-dependence on Big Tech and enables consumers to become arbiters of their own data.
The Ability to Merchandise and Monetize Personal Digital Assets
Every file stored in Foggie Max will have a permanent URL recorded on the blockchain. Users can manage access controls for each file: 100% public, 100% private, or semi-private by giving specific Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) access. Users will also be permanently recorded as the creator of every unique file stored in their Foggie Max, mitigating digital piracy/misattribution.
Foggie Max owners can sleep soundly, knowing that their public content will download fast via both Web2 and Web3 browsers. Furthermore, the Foggie Network will automatically edge cache popular public content, improving the download speed and availability of public content.
Foggie Max owners can mint NFTs in bulk with no code from any type of file – picture, collage, audio, video, or even raw text data like your browsing history. They can then merchandise their digital assets in a fully decentralized marketplace – to accumulate likes and tips, or sell their digital assets outright — with their Foggie Max powering their presence in the decentralized marketplace.
The Ability to Monetize Personal Hardware
Each Foggie Max ships with a 1 to 4-terabyte solid state drive, or SSD. Foggie Max can automatically share idle storage capacity with the Foggie Network, allowing its owner to earn crypto rewards in exchange for honoring data storage deals. All of these deals are automatically created on the Datamall Chain, a blockchain focused on creating an efficient marketplace for decentralized storage.
In addition, every Foggie Max has 2 USB 3.0 ports. Users with extra USB drives can attach those drives to Foggie Max and share that extra storage with the Foggie Network and earn crypto rewards.
Disaster-Proof Data Storage which is Private, Secure and Market-Based
Users can store private data on their Foggie Max, and they can make off-site backups to the Foggie Network to make their data disaster-proof. These off-site back-ups are:
- Completely secure: private backups to the Foggie Network are always completely encrypted. Only the original owner with the encryption key can decrypt the files.
- 100% private: Off-site backup deals are created on the Datamall Chain, and the Datamall Chain is completely private. The owner of the data won’t know whose machine(s) his/her data is residing on, and the owner of the machines(s) won’t know whose data is on their machine.
- Priced fairly: No one large Tech Giant sets oligopolistic pricing for these off-site data back-ups (and the price of data egress). The price of these off-site data stores is entirely market-driven because the Datamall Chain is a fully decentralized marketplace that measures the fair market value of decentralized storage.
Foggie Max is the only consumer device on the market to give its owners unprecedented access to dApps, the power to monetize both their data and hardware and help them protect their data. Foggie Max achieves this by leveraging both the Datamall Chain (as described above) and CYFS, a next-generation Web3 protocol that enables the complete decentralization of applications and completely replaces HTTP, TCP/IP, and DNS.
About Fog Works
Fog Works, formerly known as W3 Storage Lab, is a Web3 software company headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA with operations around the world. Its mission is to leverage the power of Web3 to help people manage, protect, and control their own data. Fog Works is led by an executive team with a highly unique blend of P2P networking experience, blockchain expertise, and entrepreneurship. It is funded by Draper Dragon Fund, OKX Blockdream Ventures, Lingfeng Capital, and other investors. For more information, visit http://fogworks.io.