Can I set-up Zoom Video Conferencing like Kubi Video?

We have announced that Kubi Video service will be ending as of May 15, 2017. In the light of this, we have many customers asking “Can I set-up Zoom like Kubi Video?”.  The short answer is ‘YES’ and you can do much much more too.

And, YES, you can use Zoom with Kubi for Free and you can set up Zoom to have auto-answer like Kubi Video.

How can I use Zoom with Kubi for Free? Zoom with Kubi can be used for free if you have a Zoom Basic (free) account and you store your credit card info (but it will not be charged) or if you create a Zoom Basic account within a Zoom account that includes a Zoom Pro account. Here are a few pointers to make sure everything is working properly:

  • Login at Zoom.us and make sure the following is enabled: 1) Under Account Settings, enable ‘Kubi’ in the integrations section and ‘Enable Auto-Answer Group’ in the Join meeting section if you want auto answer and 2) for each user in My Meeting Settings in the In Meeting (advanced) section enable ‘Far end camera control’.
  • If you are setting up multiple Zoom accounts that you want to have the settings, you can use the Group Management function to get everyone to have the same settings
  • Since Zoom needs a unique email address for each Zoom account, an easy way to create multiple email addresses that can all be confirmed by one address is using Gmail’s virtual address capability
  • If you want to control who shows up on the Contact/IM list, use the IM Management tab.
  • Note: with Zoom Basic (free) account, you can host unlimited 1-on-1 video calls, but if you have multi-party (3 or more participants in the same meeting), then you will be limited to 40 minutes.

To set-up Auto-Answer Functionality, follow these steps:

  1. Login the tablet on Kubi into a Zoom Pro account with ‘Enable Kubi Robot’ turned on. (email sales@revolverobotics.com to request a free trial of a Zoom Pro account or to sign up for a subscription).
    *Note: it is possible to use Kubi with a Zoom free account (Basic) on the tablet if you have Zoom Basic (free) account with credit card 
  2. The remote person who wants to login needs to be on a separate Zoom Pro account and needs to be a contact of the Zoom Pro Account that is logged in on the tablet on Kubi.  To add a contact, click the ‘Add Contact’ as show below
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  3. From the tablet within the Zoom application, go to the contacts and find the contact that you want to enable auto accept calls for. Click the three dots in the upper right (‘…’) and select the ‘Enable Auto Accept Call’ option (go here for more details on Zoom website)
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  4. Now all the remote person needs to do is to click the name of the contact that is logged into the tablet on Kubi and when they call, it will automatically answer without anyone needing to press accept on the tablet on Kubi.

Learn more about how to use Zoom with Kubi here or contact us at support@revolverobotics.com with any questions.

 

#OLCInnovate: Answers to the most asked questions about Kubi

Can I have multiple remote students login to the same Kubi? Yes, you can. But for the best presence and embodiment of the remote student, we recommend one Kubi per remote student.  But in many classes, there is a large number of remote students and that simply doesn’t make sense to have that many Kubis, but you can still have multiple remote students utilize the same Kubi. Since Kubi runs in a Zoom video conference, you can support as many participants as you have enabled on our Zoom account.  Standard Zoom Pro accounts enable up to 50 participants.

Who shows up on the screen when there are multiple people logged in to one Kubi? We have worked with Zoom to make it the best experience in the classroom. It is designed so that when one of the remote participants clicks the ‘Connect Kubi’ that their video feed gets ‘pinned’ to be the full screen video feed while they have controls.  Once they give up controls, it switches back to the active speaker or gallery view depending on what mode you were on.

How difficult are these to set-up? A charged Kubi can be literally set-up and ready to control in less than a minute or two.  Some universities have figured out ways to even remotely set-up a classroom of 10 Kubis in less than a minute with workflows that utilize the the auto-answer and invite functionality that is built into Zoom.

How much does Kubi cost? The basic Kubi unit without at tablet or any other accessories is only $699 MSRP.  And with all the bells and whistles that includes an iPad Air, our audio upgrade kit that adds an amplified speaker and a directional microphone, an adjustable height tripod stand, and a USB charging hub and 1 year of Zoom Pro Video service is $1,549 MSRP. Education is available from Revolve Robotics and some of our resellers. You can find our order page at https://www.revolverobotics.com/get-kubi/ or contact our customer success team at sales@revolverobotics.com.

We use Adobe Connect, Polycom, Blackboard Collaborate, Skype, or another video service, can I use Kubi with that? Yes, Kubi will work with any video service if you utilize our Kubi Control app, but we have built out the best workflow for using Kubi with Zoom Video Conferencing.

How is this different than regular Zoom or Skype on my tablet or laptop? Kubi creates an interactive and engaging presence for the remote students and faculty by giving them a full screen video feed with the ability to pan and tilt to look around to interact face to face with others in the classroom. Michigan State coined the term ‘discernible attention’ as the key differentiator in that the movement of Kubi provides queues to everyone in the room with Kubi where their attention is focused.

Do you have a version with wheels? No, we do not make a version with wheels because from our studies of understanding the needs and use case of universities, we found that the roaming robots with wheels often do not make sense on campus.  We have heard first hand from many users who have tried these out at universities that they simply don’t work for their needs because they are not able to be as dependable and autonomous as they would hope.  When they encounter wifi deadspots, closed doors, stairs, elevators, tight quarters, or even uneven terrain, they need another person to support them.  In fact, some of our customers called them ‘bot buddies’ which is another person that ends up escorting or even carrying the roaming telepresence robot which defeats the purpose of being autonomous.

Is this Sheldon Bot from the Big Bang Theory? No, but Kubi was on Big Bang Theory. Sheldon Bot was a roaming robot.  Kubi was featured in <ashley?>’s lab 2 seasons ago and did have remote conversations between Sheldon and Ashley.

How good is the audio on Kubi? It depends, but it can be very good. Kubi can be used with a tablet without any audio accessories, but we find that most tablets were designed to be very close to the user, even 2-3 feet away, so once you get more than 5-8’ away from the Kubi, the microphone starts having trouble picking up the remote person. And, for the in person students and faculty being able to hear the remote participant(s), once you get >10’ away and depending on the background noise and the loudness of the given tablet it can sometimes be difficult to hear.  This is why we came up with our audio upgrade kit that includes a directional microphone and an amplified speaker.  The directional microphone picks us a cone of sound in-front of the direction that the microphone is pointed, and interestingly, as Kubi pans and tilts and adjusts where you look, it adjusts the position of the directional microphone so that you are listening to the sound from the direction that you are looking.  For higher end upgrades to audio, we recommend adding a computer as a additional participant in the Zoom meeting which not only adds the ability to easily screen share but also makes it easy to incorporate a myriad of USB based wired and wireless microphone and speaker capabilities.

Learn more about how Kubi is being used in universities and higher education applications

Kubi in Higher Education – Case Studies, Webinars, Design Study, Videos

Kubis are being used in a wide variety of ways in a couple hundred universities.  The information in this post will give you a snapshot about how Kubi Telepresence Robot is being used to support student success with distance learning, to allow remote faculty collaboration, to extend the reach for research programs, and many other ways.

University of Arizona
Michael Griffith at University of Arizona has been one of our power users of Kubi with supporting dozens of courses with Kubi. He has helped guide us on building out many of our software and hardware developments to make Kubi optimized for higher eduction. 

  • Watch the webinar we co-hosted with Zoom about how Kubi with Zoom is supporting student success at University of Arizona
  • Read the case study on University of Arizona’s implementation

University of Colorado Boulder
Kubis have been widely deployed at University of Colorado Boulder through their OIT department and their Modified Foreign Language Program thanks to some grants they have received for various stages of pilots. Their main use case is for supporting course completion and degree completion. Kubi allows CU Boulder to support online students in traditional courses. So, a class that is hosted in a classroom that was originally only intended to support face to face students and did not have the equipment in place to support online students can now still allow an online student.. So, if over the course of the semester/quarter a student gets sick, injured, or has other obligations that prevent them from attending class in person, yet the instructor requires the student’s ‘presence’ in the classroom, the student can now still complete the course.  Since the Kubi is completely portable and battery powered, it can literally go anywhere with WiFi.

Michigan State University
Michigan State University was one of the first universities to start using Kubi and they carried out a design study on telepresence robots in the classroom.  Learn more about their design study here. Or watch a video about there work here.

 

California State University Channel Islands
Remote teaching 

Autism Coaching at University of Utah and Drexel University https://www.revolverobotics.com/autism-coaching-with-vidyo-on-kubi-roundtable/

Want to buy a Kubi so your university can start benefitting by better supporting remote students and faculty.  Go to https://www.revolverobotics.com/get-kubi/ or contact us at sales@revovlerobotics.com so our customer success team can support your implementation.

Read the most asked questions for OLC Innovate 2017

OLC Innovate 2017: Kubi Telepresence Premiers at Online Learning Consortium Conference

We have 2 big premiers occuring at the OLC Innovate 2017 (Online Learning Consortium) Conference. We will be located in Booth #55, but you can expect to see Kubis all over the conference. We encourage you to attend in person or virtually. Here’s a short summary of what is going on at the event:

  • OLC Innovate Kubi Virtual AttendanceFor the first time ever at a conference, there will be at least 10 Kubis staggered throughout the conference that will allow virtual conference attendees to teleport around location to location at the show interact face-to-face with in-person attendees. The Kubis will be open to login for anyone (both registered or non-registered Virtual Attendees). Learn more and get the links to login on the #OLCInnovate Engage Kubi webpage
  • Can Kubi digital or optical zoom? All our customers have been asking for it since we first started shipping.  The answer is now ‘YES‘ with a new release of the Android app for Zoom Video Conferencing.  Zoom is now supporting USB based cameras on Android devices that support USB OTG (i.e. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab E and others).  We will be providing demos of this at our booth (Kubi by Revolve Robotics Booth #55) with a Logitech Brio 4K camera that supports 5X optical Zoom.
  • Where else will you see Kubi at the conference? 
    • Kubi by Revolve Robotics Booth #55 will of course have Kubis
    • ID Solutions Booth #53.  ID Solutions is one of our partners that is a global visual collaboration provider offering cloud and customer-premise video conference calling software
    • Zoom Video Conferencing Booth #49

We hope to see you at the event either in-person or virtually through a Kubi.  If you would like to schedule a time for a 1-on-1 demo or meeting, please pick a time on our calendar: calendly.com/demokubi/olc

Thanks for reading!

ATA 2017 Get Ready, Here We Come!

deb-on-kubiDr. Deborah A. Jeffries (Dr. Deb)
Director of Healthcare, Revolve Robotics
Dr. Deb uses her 25 years in medicine, patient care, education, physics, telemedicine, and information systems to assist customers

It’s time for the annual meeting of the ATA (American Telemedicine Association)! I think this will be my 15th ATA event? I am really looking forward to the show this year (last year I attended virtually… thanks Kubi). It is a great place to join old friends, catch up on the latest in telehealth, make new acquaintances, and get hands on with new technology and solutions.

I will be attending with Kubi Health in Booth #725. As many of you know, Kubi enables cloud-based video using tablets providing pan/tilt control at a very affordable price point. We will be highlighting Kubi Health for use in hospice, sub-acute care, and multidisciplinary telehealth models. But of course, you can take a look at Kubi to support any of your tablet-based telehealth applications.

Check out Kubi being used with partner software for an in-home application:

The video gives you a good feel for the size and flexibility of Kubi in a live setting. You can see Kubi interacting with an elderly patient, observing a care giver assisting a patient, and how Kubi allows you to bring in a distanct expert to assist an onsite provider.

Many of you may be familiar with the ‘Sit Down Consultation’ sessions I have scheduled at ATA in the past. It’s a great way to make sure that when you stop by the booth, I will be able to sit down and spend some time together without waiting around. To reserve time on my ATA calendar, click here!

Live specialists will Kubi into the booth at ATA to discuss hospice and sub-acute care. Stay tuned for details and times.

Finally, a heads up, in the coming weeks we will be hosting a webinar on hospice and sub-acute care. I hope you can join, share your stories, and hear from some of our clients. Invites will follow shortly.

I look forward to spending time together at ATA and learning more about your programs and ways in which we can help!

Be well,

Dr. Deb