Ubi aims to be an always-on voice-activated system for your home [KICKSTARTER]


A new project has hit Kickstarter and it’s one that I definitely want to back. Its name is Ubi, and that, apparently, is short for Ubiquitous computer. It’s ubiquitous because of its “always listening” trait. What is it listening for? Your commands, of course.

The device can be plugged into a wall outlet (it’s a direct connection so the plug acts as a mount) and it will answer several commands you issue. One use case they used was asking it how many teaspoons are in an ounce while you’re cooking. But Ubi has the ability to go far beyond delivering answers to common questions.

With a host of sensors embedded in the device Ubi can monitor things like changes in light. This can be useful for being notified on your phone if anyone has turned on the light in a certain room. A back-mounted LED on the device can change colors to notify you of different reminders and tasks, and can pulsate depending on what’s going on.

You can use Ubi as a baby monitor, too, so you can hear if your baby needs attention. Home automation is something that would be perfect for this sort of system.

There are a ton of use cases to be had, and all of it will be possible thanks to the system being completely open for developers. Take a look at their Kickstarter for more information, including a video of what could become the next huge thing in tech. Who’s pledging?

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Looks great though the video must have been shot pre-Jelly Bean. The voice response sounds god-awful!

  2. The CIA and FBI likey… Get people to bug their own homes!

  3. so does it run android? serious question as i am confused

    1. “The Ubi runs Android with a powerful processor to perform voice recognition and also has the ability to connect to other devices. “

      1. always hidden in the last paragraph of the original article hahahaha

        1. The specs show 800mhz processor with JB

  4. *bloom fell on the floor*

    OMG!! someone just broke into my house! “BOSS CAN I TAKE A EARLY LEAVE!!??”

  5. All this project should have been is a nice dock that’s inserted into the electric outlet just like Ubi and comes with an app that does all of the above. All of us phandroids have a few(I know I have 3 to spare) old handsets that could easily do whatever Ubi is supposed to be doing. And it will have a display too! And it’ll cost $10 at max. The dock should be reversible, to accommodate the phones with both top-side or bottom-side usb.

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