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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Rabbit R1: The AI Gadget Revolutionising App Use

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Say hello to the Rabbit R1, the latest tech wonder that's causing quite a stir in the AI world.

This nifty little gadget, priced at a reasonable $199, is not just another chatbot. It's a device that promises to do almost anything you ask of it.

The R1, a creation of AI startup Rabbit, is a standalone AI device that has been designed to be a universal controller for apps. It's not here to replace your smartphone, at least not yet, but its staggering ambition suggests it might not be far off.

The device itself is a compact gadget, about half the size of an iPhone, and comes with a 2.88-inch touchscreen, a rotating camera, and a scroll wheel/button for navigation. It's powered by a 2.3GHz MediaTek processor, boasts 4GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

But the real magic lies in the software. Rabbit's operating system, Rabbit OS, is based on a "Large Action Model". It's like Alexa or Google Assistant, but better. You can control your music, order a car, buy groceries, send messages, and more, all through a single interface. No more juggling apps and logins.

What sets Rabbit apart is that it doesn't rely on developers to support the R1. Instead, Rabbit trained its model on how to use existing apps. The large action model was trained by humans interacting with apps like Spotify and Uber, teaching the model how they work.

The R1 also has a dedicated training mode, which you can use to teach the device how to do something. For example, you can teach it how to remove watermarks in Photoshop, and it will be able to repeat the action on its own going forward.

Of course, there are still many questions about how all of this will work in practice. But Rabbit's approach is certainly innovative. By teaching the model how to use apps, it's bypassing the need for developer support.

The Rabbit R1 is available for preorder now, with shipping expected to start in March. Whether it lives up to its promise remains to be seen, but one thing's for sure - this is a device to keep an eye on.

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