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Mobile telepresence is creating endless opportunities for remote collaboration. What used to be confined to boardrooms and designated meeting spaces is now possible from almost any location. We designed KUBI as a portable communication tool that works hand in hand with mobile devices to enhance the user experience on either end of the call. But KUBI’s usefulness is not limited to the conference room. Here are just a few unique ways KUBI is already being implemented outside tablet videoconferencing:[caption id="attachment_1683" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Ilya and Tim conversing over the "always available" videoconferencing portal[/caption]
1. “Always Available” portal
An early application we explored with KUBI which has become vital to daily operations at Revolve is the “always available” collaboration portal. The concept is simple: keep a KUBI in a central office location with a constantly running video feed. Remote workers can enter and exit the video meeting to communicate with team members here in the office right on the spot. Impromptu discussions and ad-hoc meetings are the norm for a startup business like ours, and we’ve found that having an “always available” portal extends the spirit of spontaneous creativity and collaboration beyond the office walls.
We use KUBI for this purpose on a daily basis to connect with our Sales Manager on the East Coast and even a marketing team member who relocated Puerto Rico for the summer! The ability to remotely control pan and tilt camera function has been a real time saver. With a KUBI placed in the middle of our workspace, our remote employees can be face to face with anyone on our local team within a few mouse clicks!
2. Improved Medical Care at Lower Costs
One of our customers, a prominent healthcare provider on the West coast, is investigating several avenues for using KUBI to improve the quality of care they can provide to patients. Some of the uses they are currently exploring include:
Video Interpreters - In hospitals with a diverse patient base, language barriers often make clear communication between doctors, patients and family members difficult. KUBI used in conjunction with off site language interpretation services could allow doctors to transcend those language barriers and give more personal care to patients and their families.In Home Care - In certain cases, patients could take a KUBI home to reduce the extent of their hospital stay, or eliminate the need for a stay completely. Doctors and nurses could use KUBI to check in on the patient, give them specific instructions regarding medication and dosage, or gain valuable information about the patient’s living situation that might prove helpful during in-person visits. There are other companies developing medical specific telepresence kits and take home devices for remote patient monitoring and communication, and we are not arguing that KUBI could replace the need for medical equipment or in-person doctor patient communication. However, under certain circumstances KUBI could provide an affordable and convenient alternative. It does not require special hardware or software installation and works with tablets, which most patients and doctors are familiar with.
3. Teaching and Remote LearningWe have several customers actively testing our Hacker Edition KUBI units in learning environments. Telepresence has already become a potent tool for education, but KUBI takes the interaction beyond simple videoconferencing, bringing a measure of control that allows for close observation by professors and more meaningful communication with students.
In one scenario, a KUBI placed beside a lab bench in a chemistry class would allow the professor to monitor and assist students with their lab work remotely. This would not only benefit an on site professor, who might otherwise be scrambling between students to answer simple questions, but it would give students more face to face time with their teacher.
KUBI also opens up the opportunity for students to communicate with guest professors from other institutions. This model--far from being limited to lab benches--would give students access to high level education even if the closest University is hundreds of miles away.
In this post we’ve highlighted just a handful different ways KUBI can be used beyond business meetings, but there are so many more! If you have found a unique use for KUBI that we haven’t mentioned, the Revolve team would love to hear about it!
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With KUBI Hacker Edition units out in the field since January, we have had tons of great feedback from our customers and users. In addition, web inquiries, customer demos and trade shows have all given our team a plethora of helpful information that has been instrumental in developing KUBI. We rely on our users for their valuable input, and greatly appreciate the support we have gotten thus far!
To help existing, and future KUBI users better understand our product, we decided to create an FAQ that addresses some of the most common questions we find ourselves answering. We will be adding to this FAQ as we see fit, so be sure to bookmark it and check back for future updates about KUBI!
How is using KUBI any better than Skype or Facetime?
Skype, facetime and other video clients are great tools for connecting with coworkers, friends and family, but there is room for improvement. KUBI is not meant to replace these services, but to enhance them.
With KUBI, not only are your hands free so that you can focus on the conversation, but you, or your partner can look around and engage with the remote environment as if you were actually there.
It is difficult to quantify the value of being able to point the camera at a person’s face and look them in the eyes, or look at an object outside your normal field of view, but in our experience this ability adds a new dimension to videoconferencing that is so natural and enjoyable we want everyone to experience it!Why not give it a try?
Do I need to use a special videoconferencing software that works with KUBI?We've designed KUBI to work with any video client, so no matter what your preference, there is no need to switch or download special software. These days there are many high quality free or inexpensive videoconferencing services available on the web. Products we have personal experience with include: Zoom, TokBox, GoToMeeting, Google Hangout, Perch, Skype, Facetime, Cisco Jabber, WebX, Spranto, FuzeBox, and Microsoft Link.
Why doesn’t KUBI roam like other telepresence robots?
Providing the best product at the lowest possible price is one of our main initiatives, so it is in our best interest to scrutinize where the real functionality of robotic telepresence lies. Having the ability to control where you look allows for a more natural, face to face interaction, which is a vital component to effective communication during video meetings.
We chose to make KUBI compact and portable, so you can place it where you need it and take it with you wherever you go. This is where we see the most value in robotic telepresence, and so far, KUBI users agree!
What is the KUBI app and do both the remote and local users need to have it installed?The KUBI app connects KUBI to your tablet via Bluetooth 4.0 connection, which can be turned on in the settings menu of your device. Only the tablet that is locally connected to KUBI needs to have the app installed. The person controlling KUBI doesn't need the app. They can simply open a web browser, navigate to kubi.me, and enter the 6 digit number for the KUBI they are connecting to in the "Enter KUBI ID" area at the top right corner of the page.
Who has control over the KUBI?
KUBI is designed to give a remote user the ability to look around and interact more naturally during a video call. This means the person controlling KUBI should ideally (but not always) be on the opposite end of the call.
EXAMPLE: We keep a KUBI in a central location at the Revolve office to stay connected with team members who are traveling or working from home. A remote employee can log in over the internet and use the KUBI in the office to converse face to face with whoever they need to talk to.
Will KUBI work with my tablet?We've designed KUBI's spring loaded arms to firmly grasp most current tablets in both portrait and landscape format. KUBI uses a Bluetooth 4.0 connection to link to your tablet, so any tablet that uses Bluetooth 4.0 will work. If you are not sure which version of Bluetooth your tablet is using, you can usually find out by looking in the user manual for your device, on the manufacturers website or contacting the manufacturer directly.
Will KUBI work with my smartphone?Currently KUBI is not designed to hold a smartphone, and we do not recommend trying to mount a smartphone between KUBI's arms, unless you enjoy breaking expensive screens! However, you can use an iOS device to log on and control KUBI over the internet.
Why is it called KUBI?
You’d be surprised how often this comes up! KUBI means “neck” in Japanese. We found this to be a fitting name for our robot, since it is designed to function the same way as a human head and neck. Why Japanese? Well, “neck” just doesn’t have the same ring to it!
Do I need to buy 2 KUBIs to have a videoconference?
We like to encourage the use of multiple KUBIs when videoconferencing ;)...
BUT… one KUBI will work just fine. With the KUBI on one end of the call, the person on the other end can log in to the controls over the internet with a laptop, tablet or any device with a web connection
This FAQ is meant to be an ongoing discussion to help our customers and those interested in KUBI get the answers they need. If you have questions about KUBI, we invite you to contact us for more info or a LIVE DEMO.Tweet
5 Rules of Revolve Robotics
- Solve a real problem
- Focus on the product, not the robot
- Be simple and intuitive
- Solve 90% of the problem at 10% of the competitor’s price
- Never sacrifice quality for cost