Monument Is an Intelligent Storage Hub for Your Photos

Monument Is an Intelligent Storage Hub for Your Photos

Rather than writing a diary, most of us now record our lives in photos. Cloud services have made great leaps in recent times in terms of storing these precious memories, offering both cheap storage and intelligent sorting; but for unconnected cameras and outright functionality, online photo libraries still leave a lot to be desired. Monument is a device that seeks to blend the best of both worlds, combining local storage and memory card compatibility with automatic backups and clever organization.

In use, Monument works much like a photo-specific wireless hard drive — except it has no storage of its own. Instead, you plug in one or two standalone hard drives, which can be housed within the hub’s sleek outer shell. The idea is to provide owners with complete flexibility, with three configurations to choose from: 1TB, 2TB and 4TB. For added security, you can back up one Monument to another, remotely.

Hero1

After downloading the free accompanying app (iOS and Android), photos on your phone start to sync to your Monument via Wi-Fi, while images from your camera can be transferred via the integrated SD card slot.

With your images copied across, the system gets to work. All incoming photos are sorted by time, date, place, and camera, with automatic face detection applied to make photos of people easier to find. The app is slick, making it easy to browse your library, and the hub has an HDMI output for displaying photos on your TV. Equally, you can see your photos on any iOS or Android device, or sync your slideshow between small and big screens.

Monument Is an Intelligent Storage Hub for Your Photos

At the time of writing, Monument is seeking funds for production via Kickstarter. Early adopters can back the project and pre-order the device for $99 — a very reasonable price, considering that there are no monthly fees to be paid. The eventual suggested retail price will be at the more challenging price point of $209, but even then, this device still seems very tempting for the enthusiastic photographer.

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.
Join the Discussion

You Might Also Like

Which Wi-Fi router should you buy for your home in 2023?

Which Wi-Fi router should you buy for your home in 2023?

Tired of dealing with Wi-Fi dead zones and spotty connections at home? Then it’s time for a new router. But which Wi-Fi router should you buy in 2023? From Wi-Fi 6 to Wi-Fi 7 systems, we’ve got some cool ones..
This wearable bike signal is visible from up to 80 car lengths away

This wearable bike signal is visible from up to 80 car lengths away

Stay safe on the road with the Clic-Light smart LED bike signal. This wearable bike signal system keeps you visible to other drivers in rainy weather and the pitch black of night. Safety is a concern for anybody who rides..
Become a better cook in 2023 with these kitchen gadgets and accessories

Become a better cook in 2023 with these kitchen gadgets and accessories

Learning to cook typically involves a lot of trial and error—you keep adjusting your meatloaf recipe until it tastes the way you want. But you don’t always have time for that. To help you gain new cooking skills in as..
Most interesting tech gadgets of 2023—robots, smart home, AI, STEM & more

Most interesting tech gadgets of 2023—robots, smart home, AI, STEM & more

Curious about the gadgets that will either drop this year or influence future product innovations? Then you’re reading the right blog. Today we’re rounding up the most interesting tech gadgets of 2023. There’s a lot to get excited about, from..
Smart tech gadgets under $200 worth buying in 2023

Smart tech gadgets under $200 worth buying in 2023

Tech gadgets aren’t all created equal. Some last for years, while others never work well to begin with. So, when upgrading your devices, you want the best ones available for the most cost-effective prices. That’s where these smart tech gadgets..
This social media app connects pet parents in a loving, supportive community

This social media app connects pet parents in a loving, supportive community

Petzbe is a social media app for pet parents. It connects pet parents in a supportive, loving community where users share their pets’ lives from the perspective of the pet. This animal-centric social media provides positive, light-hearted relief from the..