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      Creator Team Ubi on April 6

      Update coming tomorrow morning!

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      Creator Team Ubi on March 14

      @Vagelis: Thank you for the real-time update :). Yes, you'll be doing the first unboxing in Greece. We're looking forward to hearing from you, and the G+-ers.
      Do let us know if we can help with the setup. You can reach us at help@theubi.com

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      Creator Vagelis Fragkos on March 14

      My arctic white Ubi just arrived at office.I opened it and am eager to go home and play with it after work.Awesome quality and design guys.I hope I will do the 1st unboxing in Greece.Are there any other KS backers to Ubi from Greece.@Team Ubi please answer if you can cause I want to start a G+ Greek community page here for that.

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      Creator Team Ubi on March 4

      @Robert - thanks for the kind words! Soap - at least this one: http://kck.st/1cxKrXA - looks cool. We don't see why the Ubi couldn't work through the router but would need to test. Thanks again for checking in!

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      Creator Robert Mais on March 4

      Really like my Ubi! Will it work with another Kickstarter project called Soap? Thank you

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      Creator Team Ubi on March 4

      @CJ: Thanks for the encouraging words. We thrive off our KS backers...

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      Creator CJ Siano on March 4

      Love Ubi!

      If you haven't, be sure to become a part of the users community at:

      https://theubi.zendesk.com/hc/communities/public/questions

      I have been very impressed at just how responsive the team has been to defects and issues. Better yet, they keep adding new features!

      I hope that all the European backers can join us soon. It's been a fun couple of months.

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      Creator Team Ubi on March 3

      @Vagelis - Thanks for checking in. We're getting units off to Europe / rest of the world as parts come in. We have a few dozen left to get out but these are taking longer than we want. Hope to complete all of them in the coming weeks.

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      Creator Vagelis Fragkos on March 3

      Any news for European backers?I live in Greece.Do you have any timeframe or know how you will ship to EU backers?Preferably with Canada post and not with UPS,DHL,Fedex, please.I think you can do this at least as we have been waiting for over a year now!!!

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      Creator Team Ubi on February 19

      Hi @Justin. Send us a note at info@theubi.com and we can work out an arrangement.

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      Creator Justin Kinnel on February 19

      Black and white ubi for sale 250 each or 450 for both obo. Message me!

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      Creator Team Ubi on February 10

      @Bryan - Thanks for the feedback! Good to hear that the closest store works. We're looking to improve pronunciation.

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      Creator Bryan on February 10

      Small bug in the verbal reply. When you ask the ubi something like "Where is walmart" It responds with the name of the store, its address, and its phone number. This is good, but it reads the phone number off as five hundred fifty five five hundred fifty five five thousand five hundred fifty five. Rather than reading it off as five five five. Five five five. Five five five five.

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      Creator Team Ubi on February 4

      @Kristin... Thanks for the note. We're so sorry to hear about the mix up. We'll be in touch with you about the color through email.

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      Creator Kristin Lear on February 4

      So I have to say I was somewhat disappointed, I got the 5 pack, so I was okay with one of my ubi's being the wrong color, but every ubi I received was in white while I ordered black for all of them. I'm sending an email now to info@theubi.com about this, but your batting average for 5 is a little upsetting.

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 31

      @Marc.... thanks for the note. We're on it for both and hope to have things cleared up soon. Much appreciated!

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      Creator MARC HOFRICHTER on January 31

      On the portal all of my logs have the heading "temperature". As of this morning, UBI can't seem to to tell me the weather like it has in the past. I'm sure that it has something to do with your updates or whatnot. You might already know this.

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 29

      @Bryan... Was our Zendesk down? Do send us a note at help@theubi.com and we'll get back and make sure it's tracked.

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      Creator Bryan on January 29

      @Ubi Your support thing is great and all, but when you try to open a specific question or update, it errors out.

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 27

      @Bryan - We're still working on the alarm but it is possible to set up a recurring alarm (though not in seconds).

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      Creator Bryan on January 27

      @Ubi I would also like a way to make an alarm go off more than a single time. EG: make an announcement every 15 seconds until confirmed.

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 27

      @Ted - you're gonna like what we have in store in the coming weeks! These ideas are within the very near term list of possibilities.

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      Creator Ted on January 27

      Have been testing out Ubi and I must say the possibilities are endless when more complete functionalities are ready. Not sure if this is already in the works, but I would to suggest a feature which I thought would be very useful: Using a specific time as the trigger (e.g. daily at 7am, hourly, every 15 minutes, etc). The action then could be making a http request and reading the reply (if the reply is not empty). Plenty of real-life applications for this: e.g. automatically announcing the traffic and weather conditions at 7.30am every weekday, monitoring stock prices, announcing when price reached a threshold (of course all this logic handled by our own scripts), checking and automatically reading new entries from a particular twitter news feed. For businesses: maybe even announce new sales coming in with a "kaching!". While Ubi's voice recognition is being improved, this "trigger scheduling" feature will immediately provide robust uses of Ubi. Instead of making an utterance a couple of times to get the the right response (I'm sure this will improve), this will be great imho.

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 24

      @Marc - Thanks for the note. We also sometimes find the Ubi gets nervous in front of company. More updates in the works. We have one planned for next week. Excited about it!

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      Creator MARC HOFRICHTER on January 24

      tried to impress people with the thing. Of course when I'm alone and ask a question it always works. When I show people there's always a delay, or it doesn't respond quick enough for them. The funny thing is that no one really has one of these yet and people aren't even impressed. it's so weird, but I do believe this will catch on no matter what. It just needs more personalization, which of course you're working on. I don't mind the latency of certain answers. if it takes 5 or even 10 seconds to respond people poo poo it, which is completely ignorant. I find most informative questions receive instant answers .

      In other words......awesome.

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 23

      @Cutter - Thanks for the kinds words. Our KS backers are golden.

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      Creator Cutter Kates on January 23

      No matter your opinion on this product I'd like to say Leor and the UBI team provide great support and are 100% committed to making their customers happy as well as making a great product. Really impressed.

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 16

      @Bryan - working on it. Should hopefully speed up a bit in the coming hours. @Robert - checking on this. Hope to have a reply back soon.

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      Creator Bryan on January 16

      Although the portal is back up, it still seems to be very slow as in +10 second response times.

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      Creator Robert Staehlin on January 16

      Got the mail saying my Ubi was shipped last month on 12/20, but still no signs of it here....any chance you have a tracking number? (shipped to Japan) :(

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 16

      @Philip - Thanks for the note! We're on it. For latest status reports, we post on support.theubi.com. Hope to have everything up and running again soon. In the meantime, music playing and messaging is still fully functional.

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      Creator Philip Hurwitz on January 16

      Ubi portal appears to be down, and the ubi doesn't seem to be able to work without it... what happened?
      Also, is there a twitter/status page we can follow for issues like this?

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 14

      @Ashley - thanks for the note and sorry to hear about the mix up. We'll be in touch about the color.

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      Creator Ashley Smith on January 14

      Hi Team,

      Thank you received my Ubi today, Wow fastshipping. However I requested Black but received white.

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 14

      @Timothy - Thanks for the note. The Ubis are shipping from Canada and we're learning a few people are getting zapped with taxes / customs charges. We're seeing what we can do to minimize these as we send across borders.

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      Creator Timothy Kwan on January 14

      Got my Ubi's today....got dinged another $25.25 from UPS since the package shipped from Canada....

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 14

      @CJ - Thanks for sharing the experience so far and some very good ideas / tips for placing the Ubi in different locations. Tons of things in the works every day. We'll be releasing them once we've had a chance to thoroughly test. Great ideas here and at support.theubi.com.

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      Creator CJ Siano on January 14

      Since both my wife and I ordered Ubis, we have both the White and Black in house.

      The white seems a bit too translucent. Although that said, my kids love it more than the black one as it "lights up more". The lights are certainly far more obvious on the white. After lights out, they can say "OK Ubi" and it provides enough light to see their way to the bathroom. (^_^)

      I really prefer the black as it seems more 'formal' and fits our decor better. You can still see the lights, but they do not bleed through the cabinet except in the area specific for this. In a darkened room, that is better. The sensors seem to be a lot more accurate in my black one too. For example, when sitting in the same room, I get nearly 3 degrees Celsius difference in temp. The Lux readings are much different, but the other three measurements are pretty close.

      Power options:

      You can slide the plug off the power supply, this reveals a figure-8 power connector. You can then pick up a power cord from Radio Shack that fits this. You can set the Ubi upside down on the back edge of a table powered like this. In my living room, this works much better than having the Ubi falling out of the wall socket. You can also place a USB extension between the power supply and the Ubi, but those cables are more expensive than a figure-8 power cord. However, it does fit better for setting on the table.

      SmartThings - I have separate custom commands for on and off. Would be nice to have a command that can simply change to the other state. I also have an outlet that I basically turn off, wait 30 seconds, and then turn on again to reset some equipment. Might be neat to have a way to command a "reset" of the outlet rather than two separate commands. Status inquiries? Like is my garage open or closed?

      I've updated my "talk like a drunken sailor" with "talk like Dexters sister". (^_^) Fits the Ubi voice better.

      In all, I now have a good dozen or so custom commands. Now I just need to remember all the key phrases. (^_^)

      So, what other cool tricks are in the works Leor? Any idea when the next updates will be?

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 14

      @Craig - Shipping is included but brokerage, customs, and other fees can't really be estimated or covered in advance. Send us a note at info@theubi.com and we can see what we can do.

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      Creator Craig Stanley on January 14

      I just had a package delivery from Canada documented as a computer controlled device (I'm assuming it was a Ubi) from UPS that required I pay a $34 brokerage fee to receive the package. I refused it as the US backers were supposed to have shipping included. Has anyone else seen this?

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      Creator Vagelis Fragkos on January 13

      @TeamUbi Thanks for the update but please tell us the carrier.Please send mine by USPS.I will send you a private msg.

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 12

      @Vagelis Thanks for the note. We're continuously working to get these out. Update shortly.

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      Creator Vagelis Fragkos on January 12

      I haven't received any email regarding my arctic white Ubi.Any ETA on European backers?How are you shipping,with which carrier?

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 6

      @Jose, thanks for the note. Shipments en masse resumed today! We should be getting almost all of the KS awards out over the coming weeks. Working on an update towards the end of the week.

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      Creator Jose Chenu on January 6

      Any news? there is a tracking number? I´m still waiting my reward.

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      Creator Bryan on January 5

      Programmers think alike?

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 5

      @Bryan... you are reading our mind, it's scary! We have some things in the works that you'll like!

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      Creator Bryan on January 5

      It would also be very nice to be able to define custom triggers such as "Turn [Living Room|Bathroom|Kitchen|Bedroom|Dining Room] Lights [on|off]" and have the two values as parameters, rather than having to define 10 separate custom triggers. Something like this is already done with the "What is the weather in _____" command.

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      Creator Team Ubi on January 4

      @CJ - thanks for the great feedback. Entire team is grateful for your input. Will add your notes to our feature requests. Hope to be able to address most of these over the coming months.

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      Creator CJ Siano on January 4

      Leor,

      This is really getting exciting. The URL text to speech is awesome! So looking forward to the new features.

      Top 5 features I'm looking to see.

      1) Smart Things
      2) calibrate the temp sensor and able to set default to farenheit.
      3) custom triggers on more than utterance.
      4) ability to set text length verbally. So longer replies can be heard. Enact "cancel" to stop unwanted.
      5) intercom feature.

      The possibilities are huge. Going to be a fun ride and I'm glad I an in on the start.

      Ubi might just be the gift of choice next Christmas if the features are in place.

      *Excited*

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