On Kickstarter, a “Cuberox” project is seeking funding for its Linux-based WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled cubic PC, with six 256-pixel, touch enabled sides.
We’re trying to restrain ourselves from covering crowdfunding projects that have yet to win their funding, but we couldn’t resist the Cuberox, a Kickstarter staff pick available through Mar. 29. Like the Firefox OS-based Runcible device we covered last week, the Cuberox is an oddball that doesn’t easily fit into standard categories.
Cuberox in the kitchen, and entertaining the baby
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The waterproof computer integrates WiFi, Bluetooth, and a “multi-color smart back light.” Each side is a touchscreen of sorts, although the larger pixels use accelerometer input rather than standard touchscreen technology. You can interact with programs by clicking, shaking, and “snapping,” says the developers. Rotating the cube causes further inputs to the program, for example, switching the weather report from one city to the next.
Example Cuberox apps: Tetris and alarm clock
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Apps include time, weather, stock tickers, recipes, timers, artistic animations, education, and games. You can even play multiplayer games and use the device to send messages. The device can act as a stationary notification device for your smartphone, updating you on the arrival of emails, social networking posts, or phone calls. There’s a smartphone interface for iOS and Android, and a “Cuberia” app store is planned where you can download hundreds of apps.
Cuberox smartphone app
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The Cuberox runs Arch Linux on an ARM9-based Freescale iMX233 SoC, backed up with 64MB RAM. There’s an SD slot with a 4GB data card capable of holding 8,000 of the device’s minimalist apps. A separate Qi wireless charging station includes surround sound speakers.
Specifications listed for the Cuberox include:
- Processor — Freescale iMX233 (1x ARM926J @ 454MHz)
- Memory — 64MB RAM, SD slot with 4GB data card
- Display — 6x 256-pixel sides with accelerometer-based touch input and backlighting
- Wireless — WiFi; Bluetooth
- Sensors — Accelerometers; gyroscope; vibration feedback
- Other features — dustproof, waterproof, polycarbonate construction
- Battery — 7800mAh with wireless charging
- Charging station:
- Qi wireless charging
- Micro-USB port for power (DC 5V 2A)
- Speakers with surround sound
- Bottom backlight
- Dimensions — 100 x 100 x 100mm (3.94 x 3.94 x 3.94 in.) .
- Operating system — Arch Linux ARM (3.16 kernel); Node.js with Cuberox API
Cuberox Kickstarter video
Kickstarter packages for the Cuberox start at $229, and the project is open through Mar. 29. Shipments are expected in November. More information may be found at the Cuberox Kickstarter page and the Cuberox website.