Cubic: A Digital Personal Assistant That Makes Life Easier
Cubic is uniquely special as it does much more than remotely operate and control devices. As your very own digital personal assistant, you can talk to Cubic and have a conversation and Cubic will respond to you with a naturally sounding speaking voice. When used in conjunction with the downloaded Cubic app, the Home Cube and the Power Badge, you can use Cubic to order take-out food for delivery and control home automation connections such as making sure your doors are locked and the lights are off. Best of all, Cubic is capable of learning and can tell jokes, read to you, and also give you directions when stuck in traffic.
The Wonders of Cubic and How it Works
Cubic is an amazing system that you can easily customize with your choice of the unique apps that are available from the Cubic Store. Cubic is a smart, cloud-based product that has the ability to learn from people and its environment. As noted on the company’s website, the apps will let you set up Cubic to work with “different voices, educational programs and conversational games” that all work toward helping the system develop its own unique personality. (Cubic Robotics, 2015)
As your own digital personal assistant, you can communicate and talk to Cubic and it will respond naturally with its own unique personality. Cubic was designed with cutting-edge technology and incorporates several patented systems. These include the long-range voice recognition system with capabilities that extend to a range of up to 25 feet. Natural speech is supported by Cubic’s patented multi-topic conversation built-in system.
The ability of Cubic to interact and learn from its environment is credited to the patented Cubic Intelligence Core that “learns your favorite topics, sense of humor, and more.” (Cubic on Indiegogo, November 2014) Cubic’s portable, take anywhere Power Badge is the key to providing consumers with mobile connectivity and control when they are not at home. At the time of this article, Cubic can be used with over 50 apps and systems. The company plans on developing more apps so that consumers will have a variety of choices as the designers extend its capabilities.
Components of the Cubic System
The Home Cube provides centralized control within your household for all types of tasks and activities. The device was designed with built-in multi-topic speech recognition capabilities so you can enjoy a lively conversation with Cubic. The device is able to identify your voice within a range of up to 25 feet. The Home Cube is compatible to use for home automation control of devices as well as your apps.
The portable Power Badge can be carried along as you are out and about. Mobile and easy to use, the Power Badge works with “one-touch activation.” Use the Power Badge to remotely connect to your Home Cube or use it alone by itself in conjunction with the Cubic app. The Power Badge comes with a built-in speaker and earphone microphone.
The Cubic App works overtime to provide you with the capabilities of a multi-tasking digital assistant. The Cubic App can be used with both Android and iPhone devices. Current compatibility relative to operating systems, at the time of this article, include Android 4.1 version or newer. The Cubic App can be used with several Apple devices including the iPod Touch and iPhones that run on iOS 7 or above.
Technical Specs of Home Cube and Power Badge
The Home Cube utilizes an Android 4.4 operating system and Google/Yandex speech recognition. The command shell is based on a VOIS meta operation system that was designed by Cubic Robotics. The uniquely designed Cubic programming language DiaCortex is the foundation for the Cubic Apps. Hardware for the Home Cube includes a 1.5 GHz ARM CPU and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM as well as 8 GB of NAND flash memory. The Home Cube is compatible with WiFi 802.11b/g (2.4 GHz) and also works with Bluetooth 3.0 and above plus HS (802.11). The sleekly designed Home Cube measures in at 5.9 inches in width by 5.9 inches in length and the kit includes 2 wireless controlled electrical switch sockets.
The Power Badge is Bluetooth 4.0 version and above compatible and has a broad reception range up to 10 meters (33 feet). The unit uses a 3.7V / 395 mAh polymer li-ion battery for power and provides up to 15 hours of talk time and up to 300 hours of standby time. Charging time for the Power Badge is about 2 hours. Input voltage is DC 5V / 130 mA with output power at 2 x 20mW. The Power Badge comes fully equipped with a built-in earphones and an earphone microphone. The unit is small and convenient to carry with you when you are out and about. Measurements of the Power Badge are 1.85 inches in width by 2 inches in height and 0.29 inches in depth.
Availability of Cubic for Purchase
Cubic was successfully campaigned on the crowdsourcing funding site Indiegogo from November 2014 until February 2015. The project achieved 110% of their funding goal and raised $116,198 at the time of this article. Now that the campaign has ended, the next steps include engineering and validation testing during the first and second quarters of 2015. During the third quarter of 2015, the company will be focusing on device and software development.
Pre-orders are scheduled to be shipped during the fourth quarter of 2015 with full availability to consumers targeted for the first quarter of 2016. Consumers eager to purchase Cubic with the Home Cube and Power Badge should stay tuned in and keep a watchful eye on Indiegogo as well as the Cubic Robotics company website. At the time of this article, pre-order options can be placed on Indiegogo.
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