The Ubi is a computer that was launched for pre-order as a Kickstarter project in the summer of 2012. It raised over $229,000 in Kickstarter contributions. The Ubi is also the first product to be offered by the Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation, a company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
UCIC was founded by three engineers with a passion for human computer interaction:
Amin Abdossalami, Mahyar Fotoohi, and Leor Grebler.
Using computers today typically means having to engage one’s eyes and hands in order to complete tasks. While there are certain tasks that are appropriate for this level of focus, for the most frequent uses of a computer - brief queries for information or sending short notes - the engagement of hands and eyes, which require a lot of mental resources, is not necessary. UCIC seeks to make human-computer interaction more intuitive and natural by making it easier for the user to use their voice. Being “intuitive” for ubiquitous devices means being able to understand what the user wants from the technology and act accordingly.
People who because of age or health related reasons, may be unable to use phones or input devices with ease. UCIC seeks to make Internet access available for all - even those with mobility issues. At the same time, it seeks to have technology fade to the background when it’s not needed.
In order for technology to be able to understand human wants and desires, it needs to first be able to sense and hear. Then it needs to feel what humans feel - sound, heat, humidity, pressure, and light - among other senses. UCIC is developing and will continue to develop technologies that can be valid inputs for enabling technology to understand current needs, anticipate future needs, and adapt.
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