Cubios Inc. is an early-stage startup in Novato, Calif., that was founded by father and son Ilya and Savva Osipov in July 2017. The company is focusing its efforts on the development of WOWCube, which it says is the most innovative gaming gadget on the market today.
The basic idea of "interactive Lego" similar to Sifteo Cubes appeared over two years ago. After multiple iterations, the initial project has been transformed into WOWCube.
The first working prototype appeared in May 2017. It was a raw clumsy prototype with small screens, installed into 3D-printed bodies with garage-assembled electronics inside. But the most important, that prototype was able to demonstrate amazing functional features of the concept.
This allowed the team to convince few angels to invest $500,000 into the venture in July 2017. In addition, the team has successfully recruited a great chief technology officer, several engineers, and graphic designers, forming an R&D department in Russia.
Currently, the company is focusing its efforts on the development of WOWCube – the World’s first portable twisty game console with mixed reality gameplay. Four patents are related to the project.
The company is on the final prototype stage, finishing R&D and content creation, with further plans to start a mass production of WOWCube at the end of 2018 and to bring it to the market in the first quarter 2019.
Actually, there is no problem -- just a human physical need for grasping and fidgeting anything from beads, pencils, trinkets, to currently popular fidget spinner. Also, people like the things they fidget with to be responsive and interactive. This is one of the reasons for smartphones' popularity.
Cubios' solution is to combine a fidgeting brain-twister with a modern interactive toy, providing a totally new gaming and fidgeting experience through game-changing hardware, open-source software, and a culture-forming business model.
From a technical perspective, we have unique polarity-agnostic magnetic contacts (patented), which as we hope would be interesting for the robotics industry.
WOWCube is the World’s first portable twisty game console, which is allowing gamers to play games in a way they never played before, acting in both virtual and normal realities, or "mixed reality."
WOWCube concept is unique and fresh. It's uncommon and attractive. Nobody did such mix before us. We believe we opened the door to the whole new galaxy in the gaming industry -- mixed reality gaming gadgets.