Tiny, Voice-Controlled Computer Plugs Into A Regular Wall Socket
'Ubi' is an always-on device that plugs into a wall socket and you can ask it to search the Internet for you, make calls, check emails, etc.
‘Ubi‘ is a tiny computer that plugs into a wall socket and responds to your voice commands. The always-on device can search the Internet for you, call a friend, or check your emails, offering a new way to use a computer. Ubi is hands-free and directly connects to the Internet through wi-fi. It can scribe, listen and analyze, and will either tell you the information you seek or indicate it through multi-color lights. The computer 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.
Ubi has a built-in microphone and speakers and you simply say “Ubi” to wake it up before issuing a verbal command. There are lots of potential applications for the tiny computer, including voice-enabled Internet search, speakerphone, voice memos, alarm clock, intercom system, baby monitor, noise pollution monitor, and home climate control. The designers also see a huge potential for Ubi to assist those who have visual, hearing, or mobility impairments. The device recently surpassed its funding goal on Kickstarter by raising over $225,000, far above its $36,000 goal. Watch the video below to learn more and see it in action:
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