Beta Test Units Shipped (and Shipping)
What an amazing few weeks since our last update! Since then, real life (though beta test) Ubis have been shipped and are being used as we speak. More are being shipped out every few days. We've started to get some valuable insight that we're going to be able to apply before our full shipment of Ubis.
Ubi Beta Distribution and Pizza
On August 28, we held an information evening, had some pizza, and gave out six beta units to testers in the Toronto area. These beta testers also had a chance to check out the facility where the full set of Ubis are going to be manufactured. These lucky testers got to learn more about the motivation behind the Ubi, get to know the team, and start testing out the Ubi right away.
Here we are packing up the first Ubis (our first packaging run should be out in a few weeks):
Touring the facility:
Our beta test continues as we ship out more units to those who couldn't make it to the event.
UI Tweaks and Enhancements
Our beta testers' feedback has given us some great cues to adjust the interaction with the Ubi and make it more seamless. We will continue to update the Ubi after release, meaning the Ubi should get smarter over time. One of these tweaks is increasing the reliability and speed of the most commonly asked questions and increasing the broadness of the questions that can be asked of the Ubi.
Ubi Portal and Custom Commands
Not only have we had a chance to test out the Ubi device in the field, but we've also been able to get feedback on the Ubi portal. This is the website where you'll be able to setup your Ubi, change settings, and check sensor data. One area that we're really excited about is setting up custom commands. Here, you can very easily create any type of spoken command and have the Ubi do something in response, such as speak back a particular phrase, send an email / SMS, or send a request out to an external API. We think the latter is going to be very powerful.
We're on track now with our beta Ubi delivery and our main delivery components are starting to arrive in the staging warehouses for delivery to our facility. Within three weeks, enough components for the first 100 units will arrive and our beta backers will start receiving completed units a few weeks after that. The remainder of the components for ordered units are set to arrive mid October and we then hope to pump out the full shipment at the end of the month.
We'll soon be sending out surveys to verify your Ubi color preference and confirm shipping address. Invitations to the Ubi portal to follow soon after.
Just send us a note whenever you'd like: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amin, Mahyar, Leor and all of Team Ubi
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