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markb55
UBI s became alive through Kickstarter. UBI is a great idea with a good potential...read more
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Marcus21
This is definitely a beta product, so I'm not sure if a product review like...read more
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tnm
The (special edition unit at least) Ubi is one of those good idea poor execution...read more
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markb55
03.20.14
UBI s became alive through Kickstarter. UBI is a great idea with a good potential The main idea is to be able to ask questions ( Google search) get vocal reminders and do other stuff while using speech recognition .Here is where the UBI fails to deliver. The speech recognition engine of the UBI is (still) a poor performer. Very poor I would say. Whilst Google (Which the UBI is based on) provides excellent speech recognition capabilities the UBI itself has serious issues recognizing simple requests. Further more- at this stage it is still under development. Time zones are a big mismatch. You can ask for the time and you get it in your time zone. Set up an alarm and get it in another time zone( the servers time zone).Try cancelling the ALARM...no way!So what can you do with the UBI?Hmmmmmm ... Good question! For now? Not much. Maybe enjoy it;s built in sensors for temperature, light level, air pressure, sound level .But to be totally 100% honest? that’s more or less it FOR NOW. The founders have great plans for this nice device -but for now, it's not more than a nice (useless) gadget
 
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Marcus21
03.08.14
This is definitely a beta product, so I'm not sure if a product review like with other products that are released is fair. But can definitely see a lot of the potential here. There's a website that you have to log into to get started with the Ubi but theyre adding some cool features to it and you can get the Ubi to talk back whatever you want. It doesn't work yet as well as siri or google but it's not really the point. You don't need to to have your iphone nearby to use it. Team has been pretty good giving updates.Worth signing up for the Beta.
 
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tnm
12.31.13
The (special edition unit at least) Ubi is one of those good idea poor execution things. It is essentially the same thing as Google Now. You might as well use your phone. They add some extra data to the voice service which is nice and they will allow developers to add features and it will be able to interact with various things across the web. So that's really cool. That's where the coolness ends. The microphone is terrible. There must be feedback from its speakers or something that makes it VERY difficult to issue a command. Too difficult and after asking for the weather a few dozen times I just gave up and used my phone. The WiFi module on board is weak so it must also be placed close to your router. The adapter makes it stick out from the wall outlet instead of sitting more flush, but that's cosmetic, whatever. The unit itself is pretty.Here's the deal. The company has a good idea, but they were spread too thin. Hardware is tough and expensive. I think they cheaped out on the parts to be frank, but that may not necessarily be true...It's just tough to put together devices. They should have focused more on the software layer and provided an app for your Android phone first. Then got into hardware later on.Their argument is your phone battery could die and it may not be within reach. That's a smart argument, but the fact of the matter is your Ubi may not be within voice range in your house. I bet 8 times out of 10, someone has their phone in their pocket and its more available to them than the Ubi. Furthermore, the phone's microphone is much better and you're at a close distance so it hears you better. Google's voice assistant works on the phone a LOT better.Had I known it was just a re-hashed Google Now, I wouldn't have backed the project. They do plan to add all these great things on top of Google's core voice assistant system, but I fear the hardware got in their way, resulting in poor execution on both the hardware and the software.If they can make the software better, then I'd be happy...And I'm sure they eventually will...But if the hardware can't be improved through software, then I'm afraid it's just an expensive paper weight. Period. They should release an Android app. I would NOT get this product to be completely frank. Not until they've made some very serious adjustments. Again, I think it's a good idea. I just think (probably like many Kickstarter projects) they were on a tight budget and didn't plan well. So the execution suffered big time.