The Ubi is equipped with temperature, humidity, air pressure and ambient light sensors to provide feedback on the environment around it. Also onboard the Ubi are stereo speakers, a microphone, and bright multi-colored LED indicator lights. Those using the Ubi will be able to program and control it remotely and with their iOS and Android devices. The Ubi is planned to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Further applications that may become available for the Ubi include assistance for those with hearing or sight impairments and for the elderly or those with mobility constraints. Other concepts being explored are mood, voice, and footstep recognition, room-to-room music piping, and environment modeling. The Ubi’s platform will be open for developers to integrate other devices via Bluetooth 4.0 or RF transmitters.
The Ubi team consists of four members with backgrounds in engineering and computer science. Their cumulative experience includes working on tele-operation, robotics, haptics, voice recognition and unmanned vehicle projects. Keetsy Corporation is a privately-held Canadian company that develops mobile technology. Kickstarter is a crowd funding website for creative projects.
Ubis are available for pre-order through the Kickstarter campaign for the next 36 days.The price for Ubis ranges from $189 US for a single Ubi to $649 US for a five-pack. Should the Kickstarter campaign be successful, the Ubi will be available for purchase in early 2013 starting at $199 US.
Information on the Ubi can be viewed on the Kickstarter campaign site:
Requests for more information and questions can be directed to Mahyar Fotoohi, Ubi Team Leader, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the Ubi can be found at theubi.com.