Ubi is a voice-activated computer that plugs into a standard wall outlet and uses its microphone and speakers to listen for commands or relay information back to you.
Created by a three person team out of Canada and currently looking for funding on Kickstarter the device plans to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 Processor with 1 GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 as well as host of sensors (temperature, ambient light, air pressure, and humidity) to further add interactive and tracking capabilities to your home or office.
Ubi is short for ubiquitous computer because it's always on, always listening, always ready to help. It can scribe, listen, analyze. When we're at home, we'd rather use our limbs for other activities than typing, scrolling, or swiping.
Some sample applications promoted by the team include using the device as a virtual assistant helping to scribe notes or do web searches, acting as a home speaker or monitoring system and being used to verbally operate some of your other connected home devices like your nest thermostat, Twine, or front door locks. The team hopes the device could eventually be used to assist in more impactful activities like keeping in touch with elderly family members or assisting in the lives of those with visual or mobility impairments.
You can learn more about the project at theubi.com or help Kickstart the initial funding phase here.
Image Credits: Ubi Via: chr1sa