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08-31-2012, 04:36 PM
Ubi - The Ubiquitous Computer
The Ubi is an always-on voice-activated computer ready to help. Just plug it in, talk to it and it'll help you connect with your world.
This project will be funded on Tuesday Sep 18, 12:01am EDT


Ubi - Always on. Always ready to help.

Ubi is a voice-activated computer that plugs into a wall outlet. You talk to the Ubi and it talks back. It directly connects to the Internet through wifi.

"Look ma, no hands!"

We believe people want to do things when they're at home - they clean, they fold laundry, they cook, they eat, they spend time with loved ones. These are all things that (for the most part) take up use of our arms and hands. When we're at home, we'd rather use our limbs for other activities than typing, scrolling, or swiping.

Ubi is short for ubiquitous computer because it's always on, always listening, always ready to help. It can scribe, listen, analyze. Ubi will either talk back to you the information you seek or indicate information through multi-color lights.

Ubi listens to its environment and senses it through sound, temperature, light, pressure, and humidity. It can record this information or use it to trigger events and communication.
What can it do?

Ubi can be used for potentially hundreds of applications. The applications we plan to ship with the Ubi are:

Voice-enabled Internet search
Indicator light (light changing based on events, e.g. weather, stock, email)
Home speaker system with sound piping
Virtual assistant (audio calendar, feed reader, podcast etc)
Voice memos
Alarm clock
Intercom system
Baby monitor
Noise pollution monitor
Controlling the climate of your home perfectly (through web enabled thermostats like Nest)

A Helping Hand

We see a huge potential for Ubi to assist those who have visual, hearing, or mobility impairments. With its indicator lights and talk-to-activate functionality, Ubi is super simple to setup and use. We want the Ubi to make it easier for our parents and loved ones to stay connected with us and the world.
Your Kickstarter Contribution

We're serious about making this technology of our dreams easily available to everyone. Your Kickstarter contribution is going to allow us to get safety approval (FCC and CE) so that it can be used everywhere. It will also help driving down the cost of making the Ubi so that everyone can afford at least one. In a nutshell, your contribution will:

Allow us to meet regulatory approval
Get our first production run in place (tooling, machining, and chip printing - we are working with local firms who are very talented)
Allow us to complete the initial apps we're going to deliver with the Ubi


Each Ubi reward above the $1 level comes with one Ubi unit that has wifi and a slew of other functionality. It also includes the Ubi web, iPhone and Android app and access to the Ubi portal to monitor and setup the Ubi remotely. You'll also get early access to the API.

Ubi is available in arctic white or midnight black. Please specify which is your preference when you back the project.

$1 - Access to backer-only updates and early offers when product is launched
$149 - Early backers - 1 Ubi (limited to first 100)
$189 - Single Ubi
$349 - Two Ubis
$479 - Three-pack of Ubis
$649 - Five-pack of Ubis
NEW! - $1249 - The Inner Sanctum - The Ubi 10-pack and much more

How it works

Ubi plugs into a wall outlet and accesses the Internet through a wifi connection. It has a microphone and speakers and listens for commands. Saying "Ubi" wakes up the Ubi for receiving verbal commands. You can then instruct the Ubi to do your bidding. Ubi will receive plain language commands. Ubi communicates back to you through speech or by using lights.
Onboard the Ubi are sensors to monitor your environment:

Air pressure
Ambient light

This data can be stored online or used to trigger alerts to your mobile device or email.

The Ubi runs Android with a powerful processor to perform voice recognition and also has the ability to connect to other devices. You can plug in speakers, USB drives, or connect through Bluetooth directly to your iPhone or Android device. For developers, you can also communicate with potentially thousands of devices (through RF, wifi, or Bluetooth) and we're making the device open so peripherals and other applications can be used with it.
Technical Specs on the Ubi

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 Processor
802.11 b/n/g Wifi Enabled (WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption)
Hi fidelity speakers and omni-directional microphone
USB 2.0 with 5 V power supply
Bluetooth 4.0
Temperature, humidity, and air pressure sensors
Ambient light sensor
RF Transceiver Module
Plugs into a standard NA 110 V, 15A power outlet (world versions to be forth-coming) UPDATE: NA two-prong plug, but 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz support!
Dimensions (approximate): 4.0" x 4.0" x 1.1"

08-31-2012, 04:42 PM
Wow that's really cool, and very well funded. Congrats!