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Start-up seeks funding for wireless real-time monitor

Steve Rogerson
December 15, 2016



Canadian start-up Ubiqweus has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an IoT device, the qBiq, a wireless sensor that monitors and collects data from anything, at any time. It can, claims the company, internet-enable any object, appliance and living or office space at the touch of a button, sending data directly to a user’s smartphone or tablet for analysis using a free mobile app.
 
The Kickstarter campaign features the first four models of the qBiq – qBiq Temp for measuring and monitoring temperature, Feel for measuring and monitoring humidity, Glow for measuring and monitoring light intensity and Move for measuring and monitoring motion. This allows anyone to keep tabs on their possessions and the environment in their homes, offices, businesses and other aspects of their lives.
 
"IoT is often built directly into devices, like internet-connected thermostats, cars and even toasters, but what if you could turn any object or surface into an IoT device with that functionality but without any complexity and high cost?” said Sean Stephens, co-founder of Ubiqweus. “The qBiq is a disruptive IoT device because it’s easy-to-use, affordable, and it can be used almost anywhere or for anything. With qBiq, anyone can monitor and access real-time data from any object in their home or office, or keep tabs on elements in their indoor and outdoor environments with ease."
 
Small, energy-efficient and mobile, it is compact enough to be attached and re-attached to any surface, but large enough to be seen. The battery life lets the sensor transmit data on any object or space continually for more than six months depending on usage, and is rechargeable via a USB connection to a, solar-based charger or wall socket.
 
Each device has a unique QR code and web site address that collects and displays datasets, providing real-time information that’s accessible and shareable. Moreover, the data it produces are open source, meaning the insights gleaned are immediately actionable and can be used for mobile application or software development.
 
“After a year of refining our designs and testing our prototypes, qBiq is ready for prime-time,” said James Daigle, co-founder at Ubiqweus. “QBiq’s versatility and mobility makes it the easiest and most efficient way to control and monitor everything in your life.”
 
It is a wifi-enabled, sensor-based IoT device that measures and records data from a 2.5 by 2.5 by 2.5cm cubic body.
 
Ubiqweus is a private company comprised of a small team of technologists, designers and marketers. Based near Toronto, the company was incorporated by Stephens and Daigle earlier this year.