Meet Ubi, an always-on, voice-activated, Wi-Fi-connected microcomputer called Ubi. Brainchild of a trio of Canadian engineers, the Android-powered device plugs into a wall outlet and connects wirelessly to your office or home network, drawing data from a variety of sensors and delivering data on humidity, temperature, air pressure and ambient light on request. The data can be stored online or used to trigger alerts to your mobile device or e-mail.
That’s just for starters. Ubi’s built-in microphone, stereo speakers and voice recognition software allow you to interact with it through plain language. Alternatively, you can call up an Android or iOS app to control, program and monitor the device. Saying “Ubi” wakes it up and readies it to receive verbal commands; it responds through speech or by using lights. A USB port at the side caters for connection to storage devices (the Ubi comes with 4 GB of solid state storage), home automation systems, additional sensors and so on. It also comes with Bluetooth.
The device is currently available at a “pre-order” price of about R1 800. For more information, visit http://theubi.com
This video shows us how Ubi will change the way we use computers…
Read more in PM’s Jan ’13 issue – on sale 17 December.