Meet Ubi: the Ubiquitous Computer that is always activated and ready to help its owner, whenever the need is felt. The device can be seen as an always-on machine that connects to a wall outlet and makes use of the Wi-Fi connection to interpret user commands, queries and perform various tasks for you. In a few words, it’s the digital assistant for homes, much like Siri is for iOS running devices. It’s easy to use, has a set of colors that change depending on the situation and relieves the owner of relying on his hands to perform various actions.

Ubi can be easily mounted on every wall of the house, the device only requiring a casual wall outlet and nothing more. In order to breathe life into the device and unleash its power, a Wi-Fi connection will also be needed, one that Ubi will use to connect to the Internet.

Ubi: using it in the kitchen


Ubi: What can I use it for?

In a minimalistic view, Ubi performs most tasks done by a computer and does that wirelessly by using voice recognition software. Pretty much this device is the digital assistant that could be found in most homes by 2015 because it has some catchy uses and comes at an affordable price. But let’s take a peak on what this baby can do:

  • Write text after dictation and then send the message through the desired service
  • Listen and analyze the user voice to identify various commands, up to some extent
  • Reply with the information found or supply an answer using the multi-color light code
  • Record various house-related information through the use of sound, temperature, light, pressure and humidity sensors and trigger an event

And this is what Ubi can do at this moment. The project has been listed on KickStarter where approximately $38.000 (the number is rising as we speak) has been raised through sales, and this is only for a beta version. The full implementation of the concept wants to perform more developed tasks, such as:

  • Controlling the audio system of the house
  • Monitoring any child activity and noise pollution factors
  • Controlling the climate of the home using web-enabled thermostats
  • Searching the web using voice-based commands
  • Planning various activities such as podcasts, audio calendars, alarm clocks, voice memos

Besides all of its ambitious ideas, this project is wanted to be used by people with various deficits, such as those visually disabled and can be seen as an in-house alternative of the EyeRing.

Assistant on the outside, Android on the inside

Ubi uses the latest version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to perform all the actions listed above, as well as an 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, various sensors and multiple connectivity options such as Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 2.0 with a 5V power supply. All of these for the price of $189 and free shipping within US/Canada. The product is available worldwide.

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Alex holds an engineering degree in Telecommunications and has been covering technology as a writer since 2009. Customization is his middle name and he doesn’t like to own stock model gadgets. When he’s away from the keyboard, simpler things like hiking, mountain climbing and having a cold drink make his day.