Teenage Engineering co-designed Rabbit R1, a cute AI assistant.

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It is not a phone, but it is a dedicated virtual assistant device that may fit in your pocket anyway.There is a good chance that you already have a virtual assistant on your phone, which is a good thing to know. I’m willing to guess that you have at least one smart speaker floating around your home where you can ask it to execute basic tasks. Heck, if you’re reading Engadget, you probably already have at least one of these smart speakers.

The new company known as Rabbit, on the other hand, appears to be of the opinion that these artificial intelligence implementations are less than ideal (if you can even call Siri and Alexa that). This week, the business is exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The company sees a world in which you exchange apps for conversation and, rather of a distracting device that shoves icons in your face, you connect with something that is comparable to a walkie-talkie for an artificial intelligence.

Teenage Engineering co-designed Rabbit R1, a cute AI assistant.
Teenage Engineering co-designed Rabbit R1, a cute AI assistant.

The R1 is the first product that Rabbit has ever introduced to the market, and it is a square that is quite cute and attractive, and it is a shade of orange that is incredibly bright. It is difficult to deny the aesthetic attraction, which comes courtesy of the design wizards at Teenage Engineering. really if you are not convinced that a specialized device for a virtual assistant is really necessary, it is difficult to ignore the visual appeal.

The device has a little touchscreen measuring 2.88 inches, an analog scroll wheel, two microphones, a speaker, and a “360 degree rotational eye,” which is really a fancy name for a camera that can be rotated to face you or through the back of the handset.

However, the “Push-to-Talk” button is the principal means by which you interact with the R1, and you must press and hold it all the time. In this way, Rabbit OS is instructed to begin listening.

Teenage Engineering co-designed Rabbit R1, a cute AI assistant.

A rabbit head that has been extensively stylized and is disembodied bobs gently as you ask it a question or give it a task, and then it immediately begins working on whatever it was given. Do you wish to make a reservation for an Uber? In need of a recipe to make use of the excess food in your refrigerator? Interested in finding out who sampled “That Lady” by The Isley Brothers?

(The answer is Kendrick Lamar, Basement Jaxx, and the Beastie Boys, in case you were wondering.) Based on the controlled video demonstration, it appears that the R1 is capable of handling those duties to a satisfactory degree.

Through the utilization of what it refers to as the Large Action Model (LAM), Rabbit OS is able to accomplish these objectives. According to Jesse Lyu, the founder and CEO of the company, this is the most significant invention that the company has ever introduced. It is intended to perform operations on interfaces rather than through application programming interfaces (APIs) or applications.

Teenage Engineering co-designed Rabbit R1, a cute AI assistant.

Teenage Engineering co-designed Rabbit R1, a cute AI assistant.

In a nutshell, it is completely capable of being taught to carry out virtually any activity that can be carried out through the use of a user interface. One could say that it is a more sophisticated version of a macro.

Through the use of Discord, Lyu demonstrates to the R1 how to make an image by utilizing Midjourney. This is done in order to demonstrate these capabilities. After Lyu has walked and completed the process, because Rabbit OS has recorded his movements, it will be able to repeat the task when it is requested to do so.

By default, the revolving camera is positioned so that it faces upwards into the body, functioning as a kind of privacy shutter. In response to being summoned, it will only turn its sensor towards its target. It is capable of doing the typical tricks, such as recognizing people or things in the actual world (at least within reasonable bounds).

Teenage Engineering co-designed Rabbit R1, a cute AI assistant.

Teenage Engineering co-designed Rabbit R1, a cute AI assistant.

On the other hand, the manner in which it engages with the AI is certain to pique people’s concern. During the demonstration, Lyu guides the R1 to a refrigerator that is completely full and asks it to recommend a recipe that is “low in calories” based on the items that are stored inside.Of course, there are still a great deal of questions regarding the R1 that have not been answered.

Is the battery life satisfactory? Despite the fact that the firm asserts that it is “all day,” what exactly does that say? And will it be simple enough for the typical user to learn how to utilize it? Nevertheless, we are aware of a few things at least. It is currently available for preorder and has a price tag of $199. The anticipated date of shipment is somewhere in the month of March or April.

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