Shadow the PC of the super-powerful and dematerialized future



Presented as the PC of the future, Shadow is a computer that is always up to date and accessible via an Internet connection on any device: smartphone, tablet, TV, Mac or the specially designed Shadow box. It behaves like your high-powered local computer (8.2 teraflops processor, Nvidia graphics card, 12GB of memory, 256GB of storage), but with components located not in your home, but in huge secure centers.

“Today, we are trying to put more power into ever smaller devices. “So why not make them disappear? That’s what Emmanuel Freund, co-founder of the French start-up Blade and creator of the Shadow technology, told himself. Presented as the PC of the future, and as its name suggests, Shadow proposes to do without a computer, literally. You know the tower on which you hit your little toe or the laptop that burns your thighs.

“This is the future of the computer, entirely focused on cloud computing and data centers,” explains Emmanuel Freund. Translation: Shadow is an up-to-date PC that can be accessed via an Internet connection on any device: smartphone, tablet, TV, Mac or the specially designed Shadow box. “It behaves like your high-powered local computer (8.2 teraflops processor, Nvidia graphics card, 12GB of memory, 256GB of storage), except that the components are located not at home but in huge secure centers,” the designer explains. Everything is sent via Internet connection, without loss of quality and without latency. It seems so simple, how could others, starting with the Internet giants of computing, not have thought of it before? “They thought about it, Orange even worked on it for several years before throwing in the towel,” says Emmanuel Freund. We are the first to succeed. “A simple ADSL or 4G connection is enough, and therefore makes Shadow accessible to 15 million French households.

There are currently 5000 privileged users, most of them gamers. “We started with PC players because they are the most demanding target in terms of quality, fluidity, etc. “The founder of Blade makes the comparison with Tesla, who started racing cars to legitimize his electric cars. Shadow has been available to everyone since 29 November 2017 through three subscription offers: €44.95/month without commitment, €34.95/month with a three-month commitment and €29.95/month for a one-year commitment. The Shadow box is available for purchase at 119.95€ and for rental at 7.95€/month, while Apple, Windows, Android and iOS applications are free.

No more cumbersome equipment or programmed obsolescence, a part of Overwatch started on Mac, continued on smartphone and ended on his TV, Shadow, makes, as it stands, on paper, a little dreamy. With a €51 million fundraising campaign and numerous partnerships (Intel, Nvidia, Microsoft…) and an international focus (a data centre has just opened in Palo Alt), the French start-up would see itself as the fate of a Netflix, and replace the global computer fleet. Quite simply.

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