The Rabbit R1 is an AI-powered gadget that can use your apps for you

Rabbit, an AI startup led by CEO Jesse Lyu, has unveiled the R1, a $199 AI-powered device designed to streamline interactions with various apps and services through a single interface. The R1, with its 2.88-inch touchscreen, rotating camera, and scroll wheel, is powered by a 2.3GHz MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It’s a compact, lightweight device with a design collaboration from Teenage Engineering, promising an all-day battery life.

The core innovation lies in its operating system, Rabbit OS, which operates on a “Large Action Model” (LAM) instead of a traditional large language model. The LAM is trained to interact with apps like Spotify and Uber, learning their interfaces and functions to perform tasks across any app. Users can also train the R1 in a dedicated mode to carry out specific actions, such as editing photos in Photoshop.

Rabbit’s strategy circumvents the need for API development by teaching the R1 to use existing apps, positioning it as a potential universal controller for digital services. The R1 can be preordered and is expected to start shipping in March, with Rabbit aiming to provide a new level of convenience and integration in the realm of AI-powered devices, potentially challenging the current app store model.
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