For most of us, voice control on device may not mean a whole lot but for people who living with severe arthritis or those who have lost the use of their hands, voice activation on devices is a real lifesaver that allows them to become more independent in the course of their daily lives. The Ubi voice-activated computer is one such innovation created by Toronto based designer Leor Grebler. The ubiquitous computer plugs into almost any wall outlet and uses an existing Wi-Fi connection to connect to the internet and a home automation system. Perfect for people with visual or mobility impairment, the device provides easy access to web-based home control devices and lets people answer phone calls, access emails and search the web for general queries.
The Ubi comes with a bunch of tech gadgetry including air pressure sensors, humidity monitors, a thermometer and offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 support. Running on a ARM Cortex-A8 processor with 800MHz of processing power, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, the device allow users to find answers to question on the internet without having to type. The Ubi is designed to also serve as a simple home monitoring device with climate control functions as well as multimedia options that allow it to be used as a speakerphone, a speaker system for an audio system and an intercom.
The open-platform device makes the web and home automation system easier to access for people with disabilities as well as the elderly who struggle to use these technologies on a more elaborate computer system. The team developing the Ubi has just reached its funding goal on Kickstarter and expects to have the device out on the market by December 2012. The Ubi voice controlled device is priced at $149 for backer though it will be available in the market for $189.
Via: Electronic House