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Cuberox is an old-style cube that has six 16x16 displays able to run various apps, is waterproof & has a magical wireless charging base

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About this project

Hi, friends!

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.

Cuberox 2.0
Cuberox 2.0

Thanks for being with us throughout the past month of anxiety, support and faith in our project. Together we will make Cuberox a reality!

Thanks!

Cuberox Blog - http://cuberox.com/blog/

Survey link - http://cuberox.com/blog/awesome-surveys/cuberox-questions/

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. 

Cuberox is powered by Linux operating system that allows users to run different applications on each side of the cube, and developers to write their own applications with almost unlimited possibilities, thanks to API written on JavaScript. 

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.

Features

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.

Six screens

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! 

Playing snake in 3D is a new experience of controlling a device
Playing snake in 3D is a new experience of controlling a device

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!

Never miss an important email while taking a shower :)
Never miss an important email while taking a shower :)

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.

Linux fledge

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!

 Multiplayer games

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.

Multiplayer games are possible via wifi
Multiplayer games are possible via wifi

API NodeJS

We create the API for developers, which will allow them to make custom apps and games for the cube. In addition, we use the JavaScript language, which is now one of the most popular and simple languages. Making your own app for Cuberox will be interesting and easy for both children and adult bearded programmers.

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:

Check important information from any point of the room
Check important information from any point of the room
Cube can help you in your work or business
Cube can help you in your work or business
Connect google calendar to get notified of upcoming events
Connect google calendar to get notified of upcoming events
Get information about recipes and track cooking time
Get information about recipes and track cooking time
Play games with a whole family, use top of the cube as a board for chips
Play games with a whole family, use top of the cube as a board for chips
Kids like learning things with Cuberox
Kids like learning things with Cuberox
Get fresh tweets on your cube
Get fresh tweets on your cube
It also can be used as a beautiful and smart alarm or a night lamp
It also can be used as a beautiful and smart alarm or a night lamp
Connect the cube to your phone and display information on all of the 6 screens
Connect the cube to your phone and display information on all of the 6 screens
And many more other apps that could be installed on the cube
And many more other apps that could be installed on the cube

Technical Specifications

Computer

  • 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

Software

  • Arch Linux ARM (3.16 kernel)
  • Node.js support with Cuberox API

Body

  • 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)

Stand:

  • QI wireless charger 
  • Sound speaker
  • Microphone
  • RGB LED back light
  • MicroUSB power

Additional information

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.

Super-thin materials

Faces of the Cuberox are so thin, that it looks as though the pixels were sticking out of the screen, not being inside.

Ideal size

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

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Design

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.

Rewards for our friends

We’ve created a prototype of the product and we need your support for its ultimate development and production. Please back our project so we could share our technology with the world and make Cuberox a reality for your home.

Please back our project. Don't worry, your credit card will be charged only in case our funding target is achieved! Thank you!

Dear friends, please share our project on Facebook or Twitter to support our project, your help is very important for us!

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).

Our team

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)

   

Special Thanks

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.

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    With a $229 pledge you are our second wave buyer and as such will get a CUBEROX LIMITED EDITION saving yourself $70

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    If you pledge $249 you are making sure to take $50 off your new CUBEROX. This is offered through KICKSTARTER ONLY before others start paying the full price

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    Pledging $399 will get you a PROFESSIONAL PACKAGE - 2 X CUBEROX + API BETA (early access to beta development kit)

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    All pledges of $499 will receive a CUBEROX FRIENDS EDITION which equals to 2 x Cuberox plus a personal engraving of your liking on each of the cubes (up to 60 characters) and a saving of $99

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    Very limited JACKPOT EDITION to be awarded to 7 pledges of $777. For such a pledge you will receive a special lucky-colored Red Cuberox with Your name engraved on it

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    Thinking to get the Cuberox for your office to help your team stay organized and energized? We think the BUSINESS EDITION - 10 X CUBEROX could be your best bet and saver. $2,199 gets you 10 devices!

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    You contribute to a great cause and you travel to Prague, Czech Republic, if your pledge equals $10,000 and you are one of the first five individuals to pledge such amount. You will get a 3 day stay in the heart of Europe and most importantly will be shown the process of Cuberox creation. Flights and hotel are included

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