Product Review: UbiDuo Face to Face Communicator

Ubi-Duo
Ubi-Duo

The UbiDuo is an ideal communication device for people with hearing impairment.  It’s portable, runs on batteries, and allows for uncomplicated conversation between two to four people.  Let’s take a closer look at how this piece of assistive technology operates.

Ubi-Duo home screen
Ubi-Duo home screen

When you first turn on the UbiDuo, you will see a home screen like the one pictured above.  From the options given, you can navigate to where you’d like to begin.  For example, the date on the screen is incorrect, so if you wished to set it to today’s date, you would use your arrow keys to highlight the Settings box and go from there.

There are a couple of different ways to start a conversation with another Ubi-Duo device.  Notice the little seat belt buckle icon in the upper right hand corner.  This is the Auto-Link indicator.  When the seat belt appears to be buckled, this means that the Auto-Link feature is set to On, meaning that the device will automatically seek out another nearby Ubi-Duo and connect to it.  If the icon appears unbuckled, the Auto-Link is Off.  Because our UbiDuo Auto-Link is On, we can go ahead and start a conversation by clicking on the Split screen icon.

If the Auto-Link happens to be Off, you can either click the Auto-Link icon or first check to see if another UbiDuo is within range of your device by clicking the In Range button.

Ubi-Duo Split screen
Ubi-Duo Split screen

The above image shows what a conversation looks like in Split screen.  Your messages will be displayed on the top while the other person’s messages will show up on the bottom portion of the screen.  The numbers at the beginning of each message indicate your device’s specific ID number, and can be customized to display your name in the Settings section.

While we’re on the subject, let’s check out the Settings section!

Settings screen
Settings screen

As you can see, there are many options for customizing your UbiDuo.  You can change the font size, the contrast, adjust the brightness, or turn off the backlight.  You can also set the screen so that the text is white on a black background, like in the following image:

White text on a black background
White text on a black background

You can easily adjust your settings by navigating through the menus with your arrow keys, but there are also function keys assigned to each task, which are provided to you in the user manual.

To learn more about this piece of assistive technology, visit the manufacturer’s website sComm.  Interested in testing it yourself?  Stop by the INDATA Loan Library and we will set you up!