Cubi Robotics, a Russian team led by CEO Yury Burov, launched a campaign to finance production of its artificial intelligence device, Cubic. It controls your devices, apps, and services from anywhere, by simply speaking to it.
Cubic is a voice activated table top device that works across both Android and iOS to integrate with dozens of apps and services like Dropbox and Facebook, as well as home automation systems. It uses a voice recognition technology that can carry a conversation from up to 25 feet away. It can handle multiple commands and questions during the course of a normal conversation due to its ‘multi-topic conversation support system’.
Cubic acts as your digital co-pilot. If you’re at work, Cubic can adjust the temperature in your home, turn off your lights, lock your doors, or set your alarm. If you’re on the go, it can remind you where you parked your car or tell you how many calories you’ve burned. In the car, Cubic can give you traffic updates and read you emails. At home your digital friend can tell you when your favorite show is on, play music, order delivery, read instructions while you cook, turn off your alarm, and even tell you knock-knock jokes.
There are two Cubic devices you can choose from, the Home Cube and the Power Badge. The device allows you to start a conversation on one device and continue it on the other without skipping a beat. You can choose its voice, its gender, and even give it an accent if you like. Cubic pays attention to you, it learns your preferences and sense of humor. The Power Badge allows you stay in control from anywhere. Currently it’s integrated with more than 50 apps and the team wish to increase that number.
It all seems a bit too good to be true, but this Moscow based company say that they have a dream to create a personal artificial intelligence that will change the world like the computer did a generation ago. The entire kit, including the home cube, badge, and a pair of smart sockets are available for the early bird for US $249. When it comes to the mass market in the Fall of 2015 it will cost US $449.