There are over 2 billion TV's in the world, that's alot of TV's! What we wants to do is put the power back in the hands of the consumer.
You decide what features are developed, you choose what's important it's no longer a board of directors or specially selected panel but every day people, the end user that makes the decisions.
What can I do with it?
Play games from the Google Play or Amazon Appstore
Use streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, Pandora, etc
Browse the Net
Watch local videos from external hard drives or NAS
Share external drives across the network
Listen to music
When adding local media Qubi automagically beautifies it; adding posters, descriptions and ratings for Movie and TV shows. For your music it get Artist images, CD artwork and lyrics. Apps and games get banners, icons and descriptions downloaded automatically.
The nuts and Bolts
The unit is based on a Snapdragon 600 processor which is the same processor found in Google's 2013 Nexus 7. To see how the Snapdragon 600 compares to Tegra 3 check out this link.
Snapdragon 600 Chipset
1.7 GHz Quad Core Krait CPU
Adreno 320 GPU
Full 1080p HD video decoding
1.4 HDMI Connection
16 GB storage
2 GB Ram
Micro SD Expansion Slot
Dual Band WiFi b/g/n/ac
1 x USB 3 Port
3 x USB 2 Ports
HD Audio Support Dolby & DTS
Power plug with all region pins
Do I get a remote??
You sure do and it's a cracker!! It can be used as a traditional remote, a keyboard, to stream audio, as a microphone or even as a mouse.
Double sided remote including QWERTY keyboard
Backlit both sides
Headphone output (Use Qubi without disturbing others)
Built in Mic (Voice commands for Qubi launcher or Skype)
How will it be different
Qubi will be different because it has you!!
The initial units will ship with the catalyst of a perfect media experience, once launched it becomes your baby and your feedback and input will control what's developed and where we focus our resources. Nothing will be done without first consulting the community which will be an exclusive area for our owners and backers
Why are you using Google Play and not your own store??
We dont want our focus to be on curating an app store, trying to attract new developers, selling apps to users or managing the finances or infrastructure that go with it.
We want to focus on giving the best possible experience to you, our end user, by developing new features, improving stability and expanding the capabilities of our unit through accessories like web cams, usb aerials etc.
Plus if you've already bought a game or app why should you have to buy it again?
What games can I play
For the casual gamer your Qubi remote is also an Air Remote so you can enjoy classic games like Angry Bird, Temple Run or Fruit Ninja on the big screen.
If you want to take things to the next level there are amazing controllers like PowerA's Moga, Steelseries Free and the Nyko Playpad. The beauty of these controllers is that they have already been optimised to work with heaps of games and they will also work with any Android device. So you can enjoy a game on the bigscreen using Qubi or hook the controller up to your phone or tablet and play on the road.
Qubi has been established for 4 years, our head office is on the Gold Coast in Australia. We spent a good portion of that 4 years assisting Audio Visual companies fitting out multi million dollar boats and houses with the ultimate in home theatre systems. Our friends and families loved what we were doing but couldn't afford these set ups so we started looking for a system that was affordable and easy to use off the shelf. We didn't find anything so we decided it was time to shift focus.
Fast forward 18 months and we now have manufacturing contacts, an amazing team of programmers, skinners and devlopers located all over the world including United States, Israel and Brazil. Now all we need is your help.
Because $500K is a-lot of money... and because it's not...
At least not to the manufacturers we are dealing with. Think about it $500,000 is only 4,000 units, what was the last tech product release that was declared a roaring success with 4,000 units sold. It is a big task and will only be possible if we pull together and show the established players that we want more.
Whats left to do??
Our remote is fully functional however we still want to play around with the aesthetics and there may still be a couple of added features up our sleeve...
We have prototype PCBs for testing and developing the launcher and need to work hard on developing and refining the PCB and casing for the final unit.
We have a team of developers that are hard at work developing Qubi as well as researching new features that we will be implementing to the end unit.
Our work does not end when you receive your Qubi, infact it's just the beginning we will continue to developed and refined from your input in our forums!!!
We have locked in a remote manufacturer that manufacturers remotes for some of the worlds leading companies. The manufacturer has estimated we should have a production ready model late this year.
The Console manufacturer has been selected and we have been extremely impressed at the professionalism and how efficient they are. They are confident that it will take between 60 and 90 days to produce a production ready unit.
We are extremely confident that the hardware will be ready with months to spare however the amount of work needed to get the Qubi Launcher to the point we feel a project like this deserves is why we have set a July 2014 release date.
Risks and challenges
As with any project challenges and obstacles will pop up along the way. However by providing a realistic time frame and having a solid core team and well established manufacturing and logistic partners we should be able to minimise the impacts and supply a great product on time.
Hardware wise the Qubi Console and remote are Awesome!!
However the main differentiator here is our software. We are using XBMC as a core however we are rewriting a big chunk of it. Starting with adding our own media player, modifying the library and increasing scan speed.
I'm glad you asked!! Any app you see on Google Play for Android should work, so we are talking Netflix, Hulu+, Pandora, TuneIn, Vevo, Spotify, BBC iPlayer check your local Google Play to see whats available in your area.
Moga has over 180 games that have been optimized to work with it's gaming controller including; Modern Combat 4, Dead Trigger 1 & 2, Shadowgun, Gunslugs, Asphalt 7 & 8, Sonic CD & 4, Meganoid, Riptide 1 & 2, Grand Theft Auto III & Vice City, NFL Pro 2013, Real Boxing and Reaper just to name a couple....
Remember if you have already bought these games there is no need to buy them again just download onto your Qubi console and enjoy!!
If you fancy yourself as a hacker or abit of a guru this pledge level is for you. It will get you access to the same code (uncompiled) we release to XBMC. (If you want a Console and access to the code just add a note to your pledge)
So you already own an Ouya, Pivos, (Insert other Android box/stick here), Rasberry Pi, HTPC, Mac Mini running XBMC but love the look of the remote????
Here is your chance to get just the remote.
(It will come with a usb dongle to wirelessly connect to any device)
In this super special early bird package You will receive a Qubi Console and Remote pre configured and optimised to work with the Qubi Launcher, as well as access to the VIP forums with an OWNER tag which will give you exclusive benefits and priority input into the ongoing development of The Qubi Project...
In this special early bird package You will receive a Qubi Console and Remote pre configured and optimised to work with the Qubi Launcher, as well as access to the VIP forums with an OWNER tag which will give you exclusive benefits and priority input into the ongoing development of The Qubi Project...
You will receive a Qubi Console and Remote pre configured and optimised to work with the Qubi Launcher, as well as access to the VIP forums with an OWNER tag which will give you exclusive benefits and priority input into the ongoing development of The Qubi Project...
You will receive a Beta version of the Qubi Launcher pre loaded on a first Run Qubi Console and remote. You will be one of the first people in the world to use the Qubi project and your feedback will be used in the release of the final Qubi Console which you will also receive once released. In the VIP forums you will have a TESTER tag which will give you exclusive benefits and a higher level of input into the ongoing development of The Qubi Project...