The IHT has an article about Nabaztag:
This rabbit is not beautiful, it is not smart, and it is not that useful, but this first generation has already sold out,'' said Haladjian [CEO ov Violet, the company that does Nabaztag -nicolas] ''Wireless-linked devices will soon be everywhere, and we are now taking the first steps using Wi-Fi.''
For now, the rabbit remains a basic communications device that uses lights, sounds and movements of its ears to discreetly pass on messages to anyone nearby. Sounds can include MP3 files of music, voice or noises, and any combinations of colored lights and patterns can be used to signal specific information. It costs ?95, or $115, plus a ?3.90 monthly subscription fee.
Some of the functions that are available include a shining yellow light to indicate that the weather will be sunny; a rising or falling stock price shown by a pattern of lights; or the twisting of an ear when someone wants to get in touch without interrupting a meeting with a phone call.
By far the most popular application among the initial users, however, is the ability to send an SMS, or short messaging system, message to the device to make it throb red, telling a loved one that they are being thought about.
''Your alarm clock, coffee maker and heater should all adjust in a synchronized manner to the time at which you want to get up,'' Haladjian said. ''The ultimate goal is to link all devices within a home and even a city for your convenience.''
Some of the things he is working on include an announcement by the rabbit when a specific bus nears the neighborhood in the morning; a teddy bear that can teach a child a language; an iPod-like device that receives TV broadcasts across the network; and video games that mix reality on the streets of Paris with the action on the screen. ''Believe me, I am not taking the trouble to build this network to help people download e-mail in a café,'' Haladjian said. ''Our success will depend on getting people to use the rabbit and other devices that rely on a pervasive high-speed wireless network.''
||All of this makes a lots of sense if you consider that Haladjian's company, Violet, "is paired up with another company he founded, Ozone, which is building a Wi-Fi network to cover Paris".
Why do I blog this? I like what they do at Violet and I strongly believe in their future products, relying on tangible computing and wireless technologies.
Connected pasta other posts about Nabaztage on this blog are here.