Twelve Ubis Talking (Video)
We've had a hard few weeks of polishing up your Ubis to get them ready for shipping out to beta testers. While doing that, we've been able to implement quite a few changes to our portal to get it ready for launch.
Beta Test Update
We've sent out the invitations and have our sign ups for the first round of beta testers. Don't be discouraged if you didn't receive an invitation yet. We'll be putting together the next wave of beta testing in the coming weeks so keep your eyes open for an email from us.
Beta testers should start getting their devices in the next few weeks. We're putting together an overview of using the Ubi that will also feed into our quick start guide.
Our first test run on the beta Ubis was completed and we were able to find ways of improving the process for the larger runs. All of our Ubis are currently being manufactured and assembled in Ontario so the shipping time is very quick for North America.
Here we are doing an early burn in test of the beta Ubis:
In the video, the cases are open, exposing the LEDs. We're also working to tweak the voice to make it more pleasant (and less nasal). We do hope to have customizable voices if not at shipping time, some time after.
UL / CE / FCC
Our UL / CE certification is under way - part of the motivation for the Kickstarter campaign. We're excited to get you an Ubi that's both functionally great but also safe.
Our Ubi setup procedure is fairly straightforward but we're working on something easier. We'll be testing out the option to pre-configure the Ubi before shipment so that your Ubi will be ready to go in your home the moment you receive it. No promises that it will make it to production but we're excited about the possibility of just plugging in the Ubi and getting started.
The Ubi Portal is where much of the magic happens. We've given it a complete facelift (you probably didn't notice its previous face). We hope the portal will now be very straightforward to use and easily allow you to add new devices.
Also, it's going to be where you can add contacts, configure settings, and even create custom commands. We'll be providing more detail on the screenshots below soon.
Integration with WigWag
There can never be enough sensors! Ubi's strength is being able to use voice to interact with your surroundings and technology. WigWag is a fantastic Kickstarter project that gets you going quickly with sensors and rules in the home. We're announcing that when the WigWag ships, your Ubi will support it. Only a few more hours left to order your WigWag...
Check them out at http://kck.st/10w1KVc
Hat Tip to Supertoy
We love voice interaction. We'd like to give a hat tip to our friends at Supertoy. With Supertoy (and an Ubi), not only will your home come to life but so will your toys. This is the future of toys.
Order your own here: http://kck.st/1aHkZvY
We've got even more in the works and we're thrilled that between now and the next update, a few of you will be plugging in an Ubi in your home.
Feel free to reach out to us!
Amin, Mahyar, and Leor (and the rest of Team Ubi)
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