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The Ubi is an always-on voice-activated computer ready to help. Just plug it in, talk to it and it'll help you connect with your world.
The Ubi is an always-on voice-activated computer ready to help. Just plug it in, talk to it and it'll help you connect with your world.
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    1. John Overstreet on

      I have a TED500 which allows me to sample 4 different segments of my home's energy usage (and generation). One is for the big loads (AC, oven, hot tub), one is for the indoor loads, one measures the amount of energy my solar PV system generates, and the 4th one measures how much energy my EV takes as it charges.

      Will you be able to access the data from the TED gateway and present it in the Ubi/SmartThings network (The TED is on the LAN).

    2. John Overstreet on

      As long as it's not X-10. In my house (with a solar PV inverter) the line is too noisy for X-10 to work, or to not work. Things turn on and off whenever they want, but not when I tell them to...

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      Neil Halin on

      You should talk with Smarthome ( about intrrfacing with Insteon automation protocols.

    4. lk on

      Rick, I think you're missing the point. The Ubi performs as the sensory system. And then the Smart Things are set to respond. Cold morning? Maybe the coffee starts on its own. Someone in the house while you're away? The lights come on and you get a text alerting you. So now Ubi isn't just a monitor and link to the internet. Now it's able to be active, and control some things.

      I'll confess to having little idea what he moisture and pressure sensors will contribute. Anyone have anything brilliant?

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      Drew Ferguson

      This is great as a sponsor of both, but what about similar systems like WeMo?

    6. Andrew Brenner on

      So, how is this integration being pulled off? Any chance we'll be able to see/have access to a zigbee/z-wave radio in the Ubi?

    7. RD on

      pp.p.s. don't go too crazy (just yet) on the SmartThing "things" backing, since the UBI is suppose to have: Temperature, humidity, and air pressure sensors as well as an Ambient light sensor which I expect to be able to perform functions such as, well, tell you the temp and or humidity of your home (area it's plugged into) and perhaps if a light has come on or is still on based on the light sensor. Right, UBI? :)

    8. RD on

      on the flip side... DAMN! I just backed another project here. I feel I've been a bit jacked on the ZionEyez project and to date have not received anything on a project I've backed "except a charity thank you project", which was the one I least expected to get anything back on. (it was charity.) I sure hope all these come through based on the first perceived loss amount . :(

    9. Andrew Brenner on

      "Ubi, turn off the lights and play my slide show on the instacube sitting next to me"

    10. RD on

      Star Treking my home as we read! :D door = keyword "come" or lights = keyword "lights" for the room you are in or "xRooom lights" for another room, etc.! :D [grin] = "Computer" for "Ubi" - say "glad you are happy"

    11. CJ Siano on

      I have but 2 words:

      WOO HOO!!!!!!

    12. lk on

      Aw man, so awesome!

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      Nate on

      Any chances of the two prototypes working together for a promotional video? Would be great to see the two interact before product shipment

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      Nate on

      This is great, I'm happy to see these projects come together after all of us backers hoping for it! Cant' wait to see how well the two integrate and mesh together

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    16. Andy Roth on

      Double rainbow awesome!
      /me increases his backing.

    17. CK on

      Am I dreaming? What can I say, that's AWESOME!!!

    18. Chris McLaughlin on

      Great news! This is the first step towards the Star Trek computer... using natural language interface to complete simple tasks.

    19. Walter Freeland on

      That IS awesome!!! I backed both these projects hoping something like this was possible!

    20. David Milliken on

      That's freaking awesome news!