Ubi - which recently surfaced on KickStarter - is an Android-powered voice-activated computer that plugs into a wall outlet and connects to the Internet via WiFi.
"Ubi is short for ubiquitous computer because it's always on, always listening, always ready to help. It can scribe, listen, analyze. [The device] will either talk back to you the information you seek or indicate information through multi-color lights," Team Ubi explained on its official KickStarter page.
"Ubi 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."
According to the Ubi crew, the little device is an open platform that can potentially be used for hundreds of applications, including voice-enabled Internet search, speakerphone, as a home speaker, climate control/intercom system or baby monitor.
Additional specs include:
* OS - Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
* 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 Processor
* 1 GB RAM
* 802.11 b/n/g Wifi Enabled
* Hi-fidelity speakers and omni-directional microphone
* USB 2.0 with 5 V power supply
* Bluetooth 4.0
* Temperature, humidity, and air pressure sensors
* Ambient light sensor
* RF Transceiver Module
* Dimensions - 4.0" x 4.0" x 1.1"
UBI has thus far managed to raise $34,728 from 240 backers - with 33 days remaining to reach a stated $36,000 goal.
A $189 pledge will get you a single Ubi, while $349 buys two Ubis and $649 is good for a Ubi five-pack. Each Ubi includesi web, iPhone and Android apps, as well as access to the Ubi portal to help remotely monitor and configure the device.