Cuberox – six-screen waterproof linux-powered computer
Cuberox – six-screen waterproof linux-powered computer
Cuberox is an old-style cube that has six 16x16 displays able to run various apps, is waterproof & has a magical wireless charging base
Cuberox is an old-style cube that has six 16x16 displays able to run various apps, is waterproof & has a magical wireless charging base Read more
About this project
Unfortunately, we have not reached our target amount on Kickstarter this time. We’ll push through the Cuberox project no matter what, but we need your help to make version 2 of Cuberox even better and more attractive. We’ve developed a quick survey and your answers will help us understand where to move going forward. Please follow this link to provide your answers and share opinions.
Most importantly, we encourage you to share your ideas, experience and opinion through our new blog. We need your input and your opinion to better prepare the cube for the new campaign. Please register to use the blog and share your ideas along! And, we will also use the blog to share our work in progress on this project with you.
Thanks for being with us throughout the past month of anxiety, support and faith in our project. Together we will make Cuberox a reality!
Cuberox Blog - http://cuberox.com/blog/
Your Cuberox team
What is CUBEROX?
Cuberox is a computer, that has six 16x16 pixel displays. When turned off it looks like just a simple cube, but it actually hides a full-fledged computer inside.
This cube is not afraid of water, because its body has not a single hole and it even is wirelessly charged.
You can control what you see on a screen by changing cube's position - for example, you might be looking at the weather in Los Angeles on one of the screens, but should you rotate the cube in a certain direction you will see the weather in New York.
Cuberox also boasts a wireless station that extends the functionality that cuberox could be missing. The station has embedded speakers and a multi-color smart back light, which also is used by applications to notify users of upcoming events.
Cuberox is a product that will change the way you interact with modern technology. We’ve created a simple, easy-to-use device loaded with features that you’ll find applicable in your daily use. The product is designed to make your interaction with technology more enjoyable and meaningful, fitting your lifestyle and habits.
Voice control (Update #4)
We are integrating a microphone into a charging station, which would allow you to interact with your cube through voice commands! At the moment, developers can use google voice API for integrating voice controls into their custom applications. And we are also working on using Julius or CMU Sphinx as a voice recognition system.
The main feature of our cube is a wonderful six screen design where each of the sides of the cube can run a stand-alone application, so you no longer need to switch between apps! Here it is - the real multi-tasking. All you need to do is rotate the cube. And imagine, games and applications on the cube can be run on all six sides at the same time! This is a completely new experience - to drive the snake on all six sides!
New types of control
Nowadays, even bottles of milk have touch screens, and we wanted to add some new types of controlling to the cube to let you have fun. Cuberox can be controlled by swings, clicks, snaps and shakes. Try it - it's cool and simple!
Water resistance and strength
Finally, you can check your email while sitting in a bath and play snake under the shower - the cube is absolutely waterproof, is not afraid of rains or aquariums, and even more - it looks fancier under water!
Old school pixel art
When we were designing the Cuberox, we wanted it to retain the spirit of old school, which lived in all those cool games created 30 years ago, but playing which sounds interesting until this day. Indeed, sometimes a pair of pixels (not dead ones) brings more joy than full-HD 3D stuff that is sometimes even hard to learn to play.
Cuberox is not just a couple of chips and wires. Cuberox is a full-fledged computer on a board with installed Arch Linux; and you know how cool Linux is! Hey, you can even install Office on your cube!
You can play games on the cube with your friends over network, race you pixel-car or send messages. It is all possible thanks to the Cuberox system, and of course, the Internet.
Cuberia - App store for the cube
If you don’t have an app that you need or want, you can check out our Cuberia – the app store for Cuberox, where you can access and download hundreds of applications from every category or scope of interest. Using Cuberia is as easy as using an App Store on your device.
Applications for the cube
We have prepared some examples where Cuberox can be used:
- CPU: iMX233 ARM926J processor @ 454Mhz
- RAM: 64 MB
- ROM: 4GB SD-card for more than 8000 apps
- Battery capacity: 7800mAh
- Wireless connections: WiFi and Bluetooth
- Controls: Accelerometer & Gyroscope
- Arch Linux ARM (3.16 kernel)
- Node.js support with Cuberox API
- Material: Dustproof and waterproof body made of polycarbonate. We're trying to make it as thin as possible, so space between side pixels is not significant.
- Size: 3.94x3.94x3.94 inches (100x100x100 mm)
- QI wireless charger
- Sound speaker
- RGB LED back light
- MicroUSB power
6 faces to display information
The system allows to use 1 to 6 faces of the cube in games and applications. Six faces with a resolution of 16x16px each form a surface of 1536 large pixels total! White LED screen has very good brightness and clarity.
Intuitive controls interface
You can control your cube using simple gestures and manipulations that even a child can handle. API allows developers to assign their own gestures and actions.
Dustproof and waterproof Full Plastic Jacket.
Six identical faces create a monolithic structure without a hole. This was made possible thanks to the use of wireless data transmission technologies like Wi-Fi & BT and a wireless charger! All this made it possible to create not only a beautiful and functional device, but also make it dustproof and water-resistant.
Faces of the Cuberox are so thin, that it looks as though the pixels were sticking out of the screen, not being inside.
The cube has a dimension of 3.94 inches (100 mm) that is perfect for any male or female palm, and kids will also feel comfortable playing with the Cuberox.
Wireless charging station
Cube is a modern gadget and we have created a stand for the cube, which will charge it without any wires - just like in science fiction movies. In addition, this stand can do a couple of other tricks, like playing music and glowing with multi-color lights. Wireless charging station (standard Qi), 7800mAh battery and low power consumption cpu will let you forget about cord charging this device.
Backlight of the Charging Stand
We wanted to create something simple; something that would carry the spirit and atmosphere of old-school, and at the same time bring a whole new perspective on the way games and application are seen and controlled on a device.
What we tried to achieve was that Cuberox is perceived as a single whole device with no signs of it having separate LED lit screens. For this reason we placed the six screens as close to each other as possible.
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Current progress and timeline
What is already done, why do we need time and what we will need to complete:
- We have completed the first round of prototyping, and we have a working wireless cube that can run applications (which you can see in our video).
- We have set up an operating system, completed testing of drivers for screens, checked working accelerometer and other hardware parts.
- We have also created some apps to test and prepared alpha version of API.
There are a lot of things to complete though. We need to:
- Implement a wireless charger.
- Control speakers and LEDs on the charging station.
- Develop software for the accelerometer and gyroscope.
- Create Cuberia store so users could download apps for their cubes and developers could upload their own apps.
We are in the process of:
- Testing different materials that would better fit our goals.
- Creating PCB design.
- Finding a reliable supplier of circuit boards, cube body and hardware (which has already been tested as working with our cube).
By contributing to our project and helping us you will not just get a great product, but also kick-start a young company, consisting of three passionate and dedicated engineers with many exciting ideas and visions.
Ilia Lisunov - Co-Founder, CEO: Development of the project and software engineering.
Viacheslav Kim - Co-Founder, CTO: Hardware developer and technical director.
Dmitriy Popov - Co-Founder, CMO: PR, marketing, website and design.
Raisa Popova - Our designer who is in charge of our website, applications and photos.
Alexey Norkin - Thanks for this awesome video and photos that you've made for us.
Arsenii Lisunov - Android developer
Thanks Blindmoore for this happy music track, that we've used in our video.
Press Kit (press release and high quality photos)
MPublish - Design and creation of mobile applications
DoubleV - Design and creation of logo
Hab - Technical development and prototyping
Risks and challenges
We realize obstacles can be possible as we move. We have identified several potential risks that we have developed a mitigation strategy for. Our intention is to deliver timely, but we realize there might be some delays caused by third parties and our own learning as we move into production phase.
We have a working prototype of the device, but it may not be final yet. Characteristics and functions may change in terms of technical details, software and device's internal structure. Should minimal changes occur, their ultimate purpose will be to optimize the work and performance of the cube. We also have not fully tested our wireless charging mechanism, but our preliminary testing results confirm we will get the mechanism to work smoothly.
Our team will keep backers regularly updated so each of you are up-to-date on the status of cube's development.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No it doesn't. All tap events on screens are determined by accelerometer.
Can the lights on the cube be controlled so that they can fade in and out, from full brightness to dark (off), or do the lights operate as only on or off?
It is up to 256 different shades on each led, so it's not just black&white, but actually it can show information in greyscale, you can fade in and out each of the led separately.
We will put beeper inside cube for sound feedback, and there will be quality speakers inside the base unit.
Cuberox doesn't have touchscreens, so all tap events are processed by accelerometer. Though it is very sensitive and we are testing different algorithmes, at that moment it can detect taps on a face as a whole.
No, we would love to do that, but it will raise the cost significantly. At that moment, we are considering this feature for our update model. For this version though, we hope you like our RGB LEDs charging station.
We have it in our plans, but even if ios and android will be released first, you can always control you cube and install apps with any phone/table/pc via web version of Cuberia.
You can install nearly any npm module (just don't forget it's arm arch).
Yes, you will have the ROOT access to Cuberox, so you can customize it the way you want and write apps on any language.
Yes, it is possible, moreover, you don't need any screwdrivers to do that, you can do it via Cuberox app or your account on Cuberia website.
You can replace the operating system (we've tried debian, but there are a lot of other OSes that support ARM), but that might limit functionality of the device, or even make screens unusable, though you can always revert to original arch linux image!
You can connect your cube to wifi via bluetooth, your phone and Cuberox app.
So, seeing as it says its waterPROOF, can it be completely be submerged in a body of water for given amounts of time?
Yes it can. If you place it under the shower or drown it in the bathtub, it will work.
It can support any language I suppose, at that moment we have latin characters only, but writing new font for Cuberox doesn't take a lot of time, so it wouldn't be a problem.
When implementing WiFi and Bluetooth, it would be really nice to have 802.11n and 802.11ac support with WiFi and Bluetooth 4 or 4.1 support.
At that moment Cuberox supports b/g/n wifi standarts and has 4.0 bluetooth module.
If we assume that the battery would be dead, would it be impossible to open it to replace the cells?
Is something like this happens, you can always put it on wireless charging station and Cuberox will turn on, so you will be able to open it.
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