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Network World - Nabaztag V2
What is it? The Nabaztag rabbit, also known as the "Wi-Fi rabbit" or "wireless bunny" is a device that connects directly to the Internet through Wi-Fi. Version 1 was launched last year, and has developed a cult following amongst the blogosphere for its ability to do things like speak, sing, read text and move its ears. Similar to the Ambient Orb, the Nabaztag can use its features to display news, alerts, stock updates, weather reports and exchange messages.
The company behind the rabbit, Violet, says the device was built to show the world about "the Internet of things," that receiving information in cyberspace doesn't have to be limited to a PC and a screen. The company does this by embedding features like text-to-speech and RSS feeds into a simple object.
Why a rabbit? Rafi Haladjian, chairman of Violet, says during brainstorming sessions they spotted a plush rabbit that was sitting on his desk, and started to feel that a wireless rabbit would be the most absurd example of showing their technology. "We also thought it was funny to create the first wireless rabbit," Haladjian says. He adds this was a great way to show the features of technology to the post-PC generation.