A New Innovation: The $199 Gadget That Replaces Apps with ‘Rabbits’ – and it’s a Game Changer

The Santa Monica startup Rabbit Inc. has launched a new $199 consumer device called R1 at CES. This device is powered by a natural-language operating system and aims to eliminate the need for app interactions. Rabbit CEO Jesse Lyu stated that the company’s goal is to address the frustration experienced by end users due to the complexity of smartphone apps.

The R1 features the company’s “Large Action Model,” an AI foundation that learns how users interact with their typical apps and web experiences, allowing it to reproduce these interactions on a customized cloud platform. This eliminates the need for users to download multiple apps on their devices. The device’s operating system, Rabbit OS, performs tasks for users with their permission without preemptively storing their identity information or passwords.

In terms of security, the R1 was designed in partnership with Teenage Engineering and features a rotating “Rabbit eye” camera, a microphone for voice commands, a 2.88-inch touchscreen display, a scroll wheel for navigating the OS, and a USB-C port for charging. It also has a 1,000mAh battery, 128GB of storage, and a SIM slot for mobile data.

Preorders for the Rabbit R1 are available at the price of $199, with no monthly subscription required. The device is equipped with advanced features and is one of the first standalone AI devices to be launched in 2024.