The landscape of technology is evolving swiftly, and the era that once revolved around cell phones is undergoing a profound transformation, possibly marking the conclusion of the smartphone epoch.
A cluster of tech startups is now redirecting their focus towards the practical facets of smartphones, offering a respite for your neck from perpetual downward gazes.
Introducing Rabbit R1, a pocket-sized AI assistant recently launched by a US-based startup, operating on a bespoke operating system.
Developed in collaboration with Teenage Engineering, this device seeks to redefine the way we interact with smartphones, eliminating the necessity to engage with traditional apps.
Instead of the conventional app-centric approach, Rabbit R1 employs a "Large Action Model" powered by AI-driven "rabbits" to emulate app interactions and perform tasks on behalf of the user through a cloud platform.
In essence, it strives to make app interactions a thing of the past, presenting a novel method for managing our lives more efficiently.
Lyu, the mind behind Rabbit R1, critiques the current state of smartphones, labeling them as time-consuming entertainment hubs that have strayed from their original purpose.
He challenges the concept of apps, deeming it cumbersome and responsible for extended screen squinting sessions.
The Rabbit R1 offers standalone capabilities, featuring a web portal named Rabbit Hole where users can access all their services.
It goes beyond by providing virtual machines for tasks like teaching the device Photoshop. However, the real challenge lies in seamlessly integrating this functionality for diverse users on different devices and platforms a hurdle Rabbit aims to overcome with determination.
AI startup Rabbit Inc. has unveiled the Rabbit R1 at CES 2024, and it is creating quite a buzz.— Soumya Prakash Pradhan (@soumyaonlines) January 12, 2024
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Rabbit R1 Specifications and Features
The Rabbit R1 operates on a customised operating system called Rabbit OS, designed to replace traditional apps with a cloud-based solution for various tasks like ordering food, sending messages, booking taxis, or playing music without the need for conventional smartphone apps.
Key features include an unspecified MediaTek chipset with 4GB of RAM, 128GB internal storage, a 2.88-inch touchscreen display, and a unique interface navigated with a wheel.
The device supports Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity via a SIM card slot. It houses a 360-degree rotating camera for privacy-enabled video calls.
A 1,000mAh battery powers the device, with charging facilitated through a USB Type-C port.
Pricing and Availability
The Rabbit R1 is priced at approximately Rs. 16,500 in India and will be available in an appealing orange colorway.
Rabbit R1 vs. Ai Pin
At first glance, Rabbit R1 and Humane AI Pin may appear similar. Both boast app-less operating systems – Rabbit OS for the R1 and Cosmos for the Humane Ai Pin.
They share a goal of simplifying user queries by automatically directing them to the right tools without the need for app downloads.
However, the Ai Pin functions more like a wearable LLM-powered search engine, while Rabbit R1 takes a direct approach, mimicking phone actions without relying on app-specific APIs, likely processing everything in the cloud.