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Kubi - Accessibility

What is Accessibility?

‘Accessible’ means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally inclusive manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use.

Service Overview

Kubi is a remote attendance tool that removes barriers to classroom participation for students who are not physically able to attend face-to-face classes. Kubi is a robotic “neck” that holds a tablet and allows a remote user to control the tablet through a Zoom web conference meeting. From their own computer, the remote student can see, hear, and speak with their instructor and classmates using the tablet’s camera and microphone. The Kubi allows the remote student to take charge of their experience by moving the tablet 320 degrees side-to-side and 90 degrees up and down.

Information for Users of Assistive Technology

Statements on this page about the accessibility of Kubi are based on accessibility testing done in August 2018, and may no longer represent the current status of the software.

Remote Users

Kubi runs on the Zoom web conferencing platform. Zoom is known to be reasonably accessible for desktop users. Please visit the OIT Zoom accessibility page for more details. Zoom has a variety of hot keys and keyboard shortcuts available that improve its usability.

It is recommended that you use a computer (preferably a PC or a Mac) to control Kubi. Zoom’s Kubi controls may not function properly with an iPad (iOS) or a tablet (Android).

Users can control the Kubi orientation by either holding down the arrow keys on their keyboard or activating the arrows in the Kubi trackpad interface in the bottom right of the Zoom window.

Notes for assistive technology users:

  • Keyboard-only users should use their arrow keys to control the Kubi. Tabbing to the Kubi trackpad interface may result in a keyboard focus trap.
  • With some screen readers, users are unable to activate the trackpad arrows once they utilize the keyboard arrow keys to control the Kubi interface. Users must leave and re-enter the Zoom session to regain control with the trackpad buttons.

General troubleshooting notes:

  • The “Connect Kubi” button may not appear for remote users if the remote device is connected to Bluetooth or an external monitor.
  • Users must be in Speaker View in Zoom to control the Kubi orientation. Users are unable to control the Kubi while in Gallery View.
  • When the user switches the camera, the Kubi will reset its orientation.
  • Users are unable to use the “Disconnect Kubi” button when screen sharing is occurring.

Local Users

Setting up Kubi in a classroom requires physical manipulation of the device. To set up the Kubi, users must place the iPad in the Kubi’s holders, turn on both devices, and access the Zoom app on the iPad. Users may also need to access the iPad settings to enable Bluetooth.

Live Captioning

Zoom allows for any participant to type captions in real-time. See Zoom’s documentation on enabling closed captioning for more details on how to enable and use this feature. To schedule a live captioning transcriptionist to join a Kubi session, please contact Disability Services (for classroom accommodations) or the campus ADA office (for all other requests).

Information for Instructors

No information is available at this time about the accessibility of the Kubi remote interface. Please consult the Zoom accessibility considerations page for details about issues that remote students may face when using Zoom with assistive technology.

Service Roadmap

The accessibility of the Kubi interface is unknown at this time. This section will be updated with details after the service has undergone an accessibility review.

Additional Accessibility Information

Get Help or Provide Feedback

OIT has partnered with Disability Services to provide assistance for accessibility issues related to OIT supported services and we want to hear from you about this service. If you need assistance using this service or you have more information about the accessibility of this service that we should share with others, please contact the IT Service Center at oithelp@colorado.edu or at 303-735-4357.