CES 2024: Rabbit r1 AI Assistant Wants to Do Tasks for You

AI startup Rabbit today announced the launch of the Rabbit r1, a mobile device that's designed to simplify the experience of using a smartphone. The r1 runs rabbit OS, an operating system powered by a Large Action Model (LAM).

rabbit r1
The Large Action Model is able to learn how humans use computers, or more specifically, how r1 users take advantage of apps. Rabbit says that the r1 can understand complex user intentions, operate user interfaces, and perform actions on behalf of the user. The OS was trained on data from people interacting with apps, allowing the r1 to do tasks like ordering pizza, booking ride services, playing music, communicating with people, and more, through voice commands.

The Rabbit r1 can be interacted with using a push-to-talk button on the side, and it understands natural language requests. There are no apps on the r1, and tasks are performed over the internet.

Designed in partnership with Teenage Engineering, the r1 has a 2.88-inch touch screen, a camera that rotates for capturing photos and videos and taking video calls, a scroll wheel for navigation purposes, and a USB-C port for charging. There is a 1,000mAh battery, and battery life depends on usage. While there is no subscription associated with the Rabbit r1, it does need a SIM card for cellular data.

Users can teach the r1 to perform tasks, including multi-step tasks such as researching a location, booking a hotel, securing restaurant recommendations, and finding activities. Once the r1 has learned a task, it can repeat the action independently. It supposedly can even interact with apps like Photoshop, performing multi-step actions within the software.

The Rabbit r1 needs to be provided with a user's logins for various services in order to complete tasks involving those services.

The Rabbit r1 can be pre-ordered from the Rabbit website for $200. It is expected to ship to customers in March or April of 2024

Top Rated Comments

baryon Avatar
6 weeks ago
But why is this a physical device? Can't it just be a smartphone app? Your phone already has a screen, a mic, a SIM card, the internet, and plenty of processing power to do this, no need for another device.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sorinut Avatar
6 weeks ago
Why do companies always give same lame tasks as examples? Order a pizza, hail a rideshare.. yawn.....

That's like 0.001% of things I would like automated.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Radin.Y Avatar
6 weeks ago
Only if Siri could do half of that!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Boeingfan Avatar
6 weeks ago
Tech for dummies. So instead of teaching people how to do something, now they have to learn how to use this thing, so it can watch them not use their phone properly, and replicate it? If something like an iPhone is that difficult to use, then maybe it needs to have a user manual in each box. Remember user manuals? I wonder if rabbit comes with one.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wdfly Avatar
6 weeks ago
I told my wife I was buying her a rabbit for her birthday and she got excited, then I told her it was this and she got mad, I do t get it.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unregistered 4U Avatar
6 weeks ago

They address this in the keynote, which is well worth watching. I'm a little skeptical of how well it will work in practice, and it doesn't seem sustainable without a subscription, but it demonstrates how far away we are from what could be. I'd already be glad if Siri could operate the iPhone/iPad graphical user interface (including any app) in a halfway competent way, and to teach it task automations that way, but there's no attempt to even start to support that by Apple.
I like the fact that they’re actually trying something different rather than trying to build their future on an OS and hardware that’s not their own. It’s refreshing in this current climate where so many companies see being a part of iOS or Android as the only option.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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