Today, the realm of interactive and intelligent technology is being constantly redefined. Through application and innovation, the field is always presenting something new. The Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (UCIC) is at the forefront of that innovation. “We’re hoping to change how people interact with technology and the world around them,” says UCIC co-founder Leor Grebler. They are well on their way to making that hope a reality.
Founded in 2012 by Amin Abdossalami, Mahyar Fotoohi, and Leor Grebler, the privately held Canadian corporation designs and builds Ubi – The Ubiquitous Computer. The Ubi is UCIC’s first product, and an important foray into a high-demand sector.
The Ubi is an interactive device that plugs into a standard outlet and offers a myriad of opportunities and possibilities to users. One can search the internet, compose emails, send text messages, and potentially automate their home, all through voice commands. The device can also remotely monitor the environment, informing the user of room temperature, humidity, and air pressure. However, Ubi doesn’t stop there, as the onboard Android OS allows for updates to be pushed down to the device. These capabilities and possibilities are working towards a more unified interactive experience.
The RIC Centre has provided UCIC with coaching and an opportunity to practice their angel round pitch for investors. This practice allowed UCIC to go into its angel funding round with a much more vetted presentation.
The device has already gained considerable media attention, and has been praised by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who said “Ubi represents freedom from devices and wires.” There has been major coverage from TechCrunch, FastCompany, WIRED, and The Next Web, on top of news outlets such as CNN, CBC and CTV.
Through this show of promise, UCIC has acquired $700,000 in funding. This has been coupled by contributions provided through the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, where Ubi has received overwhelming support, raising $229,594 to date with 1,190 backers.
2013 was a successful year in the journey of UCIC and the Ubi, and progress is continually being made on several fronts. “This year, we’ve gotten close to our goal of fulfilling our Kickstarter and pre-orders and have launched our new beta tester program, Project Ubi Odyssey,” says Leor Grebler. CEO of UCIC. “We hope to get a significant number of people testing and developing for the Ubi.”
The openness to innovation and new ideas through Project Ubi Odyssey further underlines UCIC’s intentions of pushing the boundaries of what the Ubi and interactive technology is capable of.