At CES 2024, startup Rabbit presented an unusual device called R1. The gadget manages mobile applications using AI algorithms and is positioned as a future alternative to traditional smartphones.
The Rabbit R1 is a standalone gadget with a 2.88-inch display, a rotating camera for taking photos and videos, and a scroll wheel for navigation and communication with the device’s built-in AI assistant. The gadget is equipped with a MediaTek processor with a clock frequency of 2.4 GHz, 4 GB of RAM and a built-in 128 GB drive – all this is packaged in an attractive case, designed by the popular Teenage Engineering studio. The battery capacity is not specified, but the head of the startup, Jesse Lyu, assured that it will last “all day.”
The main idea of Rabbit is the most simplified interaction with a gadget through the simplest tool – voice. R1 is based on a Large Action Model (LAM). This is artificial intelligence, similar to Google Assistant or a similar service. That is, it seems that this is not at all an analogue of ChatGPT with voice input. But this AI can launch applications itself, search for information, place orders, and so on, without burdening the user with unnecessary details. That is, a person does not choose in which service to start playing music, in which search engine to search for information, through which service to order movie tickets, and so on.
You can already pre-order on the official website, and deliveries will begin in March this year. The Rabbit R1 is priced at $199.