Ubiquity

No, I’m not talking about the concept of Omnipresence or the American band. I’m talking about the experimental Firefox plugin. However, the concept is pretty much god-like.

I first got my hands on this plugin about a year ago when I was in France, competing in the finals of the WIF. It seemed very
fascinating but I soon forgot about it.

Recently again one of the many design & development blogs I follow had an article on Ubiquity and this caught my eye. I’ve been using it for about a couple of weeks now, and I’m absolutely loving it.

Ubiquity is basically a plugin that allows you to execute complex actions using simple English commands. None of that <$, var, if, when non-sense. Just plain old English.

The idea is to reduce the gap between the normal everyday computer user and the ultra geek who probably see’s the world through the Matrix code. It’s pretty much the future.

With the speed at which technology is growing, it’s not too farfetched to imagine that we’ll all have home computers like the one’s Johnny Quest had. Entirely voice activated houses with a very sexy computer voice that talks back to you and cares for you. While such technology exists, it’s not within the average Joe’s grasp. But with software like Ubiquity, it’s only a matter of time before everyone gets used to the idea of leading ‘futuristic’ lives, before the software & code barrier is broken and everyone can accomplish their tasks using simple English.

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Before you get turned off with my excessive rambling, let me give you a few examples.
Say you want to send a mail to Ajay but are too lazy to actually open up Gmail or Outlook or whatever, we now have a solution for you.

Simply activate Ubiquity (the default shortcut is ctrl+space) and type mail Ajay and Ubiquity will open up your default e-mail for you with all the fields filled out. In fact, you can even put in the content of your mail after the name and even that will be filled out for you.

Similarly, if you’re on Twitter you can just use Ubiquity to tweet for you. Just type ‘Twitter’ followed by your message and voila! You’re done!

These are just a couple of examples, there’s quite a bit more you can do. You can even plot out maps using Google maps by just simply typing Map and your location. Or you can check the weather.

Ubiquity also allows you to write your own custom commands if you know a little bit of programming. It’s not particularly complicated but might require you to use your head. There are some default commands that come built-in when you install Ubiquity, but you can also subscribe to community generated commands that allow you to do a lot more.

I’m completely sold on Ubiquity and I hope they do even cooler stuff with it. For more information or to download the plugin, you can go to the Ubiquity home page.

If you’ve used Ubiquity before or try it now, let us know what you think.

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