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UbiDuo

The UbiDuo provides 100% communication equality between people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing, with zero barriers, zero frustration, and zero Communiphobia. The UbiDuo is available 24/7/365, even when interpreters are not.

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The UbiDuo is used across the U.S and around the world. From teachers to students, workers to bosses, patients to doctors and nurses, people from all walks of life in all types of industries use the UbiDuo to communicate freely.

The UbiDuo is most often used by deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people to communicate with each other, but it has also been used by intubated hospital patients who are unable to speak and persons who have communication disorders.

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The UbiDuo is purchased by a variety of clients, including businesses, doctors, lawyers, financial consultants, hospitals, government agencies, schools and churches.  In short, many organizations that employ deaf or hard of hearing persons or offer services to them will find the UbiDuo to be an invaluable tool.

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The UbiDuo fills the communication void when an interpreter is not available.  In any given month, many of our users have told us that an interpreter is only available during a small portion of time and it often takes hours to get an interpreter.  Due to a shortage of qualified interpreters, schedule conflicts and cost, it is not feasible to expect that an interpreter will be available each and every time one is desired.  In contrast, the UbiDuo is available 24 hours a day and can readily be employed to fill a variety of communication gaps. Most importantly, the UbiDuo is a communication device that empowers the deaf and the hearing person to interact with each other one-on-one with 100% communication equality without any barriers.

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Writing notes is slow. It takes time, and when one person is writing, the other is left hanging, loses focus and can easily lose track of what he wanted to say. The UbiDuo provides simultaneous real-time communication. You don’t have to wait for the other person to finish typing before you can say what’s on your mind, just as you would in a real conversation. And with the split screen, you can see your side of the conversation AND your partner’s.  The UbiDuo is a neutral conduit through which two persons can easily, quickly and seamlessly express themselves to each other.

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The UbiDuo is a portable stand-alone communication device with two halves that can be carried anywhere at any time.  There is no need to look for another computer, tablet or cell phone for your chat partner to use. IM does not provide the same real-time conversation experience as the UbiDuo. With IM, a person has to type a line of text and then hit Enter to send it to the other party.  IM is not much different from writing notes back and forth, except that networked computers are used instead of paper and pen. The UbiDuo enables simultaneous real-time conversation.  At the moment a key is pressed, it is immediately transmitted to the other half for display.  There is no need to press Enter, and each partner can type and read at the same time.  Also, there is no need to be connected to a network in order to use the UbiDuo, since it has its own built-in wireless network.

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A single UbiDuo unit is composed of two halves, which provides a two-way chat capability.  The halves of another unit can be connected to those of the first unit in order to provide three-way or four-way chat capability.

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No. The UbiDuo communicates on its own secured wireless frequency.

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The wired UbiDuo is connected by a cable which is used to transmit the conversation from one half to the other.  In order to meet security requirements, it does not have any wireless capability. The wireless UbiDuo does not use a wired connection.

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The UbiDuo set can communicate with each other at range of up to 300 feet with a clear point of view between devices.

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The interface cable that connects the two UbiDuo halves is 10 feet long.

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FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) are a set of standards that describe document processing, encryption algorithms and other information technology standards for use within non-military government agencies and by government contractors and vendors who work with the agencies.

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Yes, you may establish a password on the UbiDuo for additional security.

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Yes, each half of the UbiDuo is designed with a slot so a Kensington lock can be added for security.

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The UbiDuo weighs four pounds; each half weighs two pounds.

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The UbiOS is the new UbiDuo’s operating system.  It controls the interaction between the user and the hardware, and provides all the features that allow the UbiDuo to be customized to each user’s preferences.

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Yes, the text font can be adjusted from 12 points to 72 points, and its color can also be adjusted to your preference.

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Yes. The background on the split-screen display can be customized to your preference. This is especially helpful for people who have visual difficulties.

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The UbiDuo can load saved conversations onto a flash drive via the standard USB port.  If the flash drive is then connected to a computer, it can be used to print those conversations.

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Yes, the UbiDuo 2 has up to 2 GB of space available to save conversations.  However, conversations are not saved automatically, the user must explicitly instruct the UbiDuo to save a conversation.

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Yes, the Save feature can be disabled for additional security.

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The standard USB port is used to attach a flash drive so that saved conversations can be copied onto it. This feature can also be disabled for additional security.

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The HDMI port can be used to connect the UbiDuo to a TV or projector. This enables a conversation to be displayed on a larger screen, such as when someone acts as a note-taker and transcribes what’s being said in a group event for the benefit of multiple persons.

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The micro USB port is used to connect the power cable for charging the UbiDuo’s batteries. It also provides a connection for the wired UbiDuo to use for transmitting the conversation between the two halves.

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The UbiDuo 2 battery can last 8-12 hours, depending on usage and can be fully charged overnight.

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The serial number is behind the split-screen display panel.  Look for it on a barcoded label.

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The UbiDuo warranty is for one year and includes free software updates.

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