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It should have been obvious that the "Nabaztag" was having some emotional problems when it turned to graffiti, let alone self-defacement. The Wi-Fi rabbit had apparently grown quickly from its innocent beginnings into precocious adolescence, perhaps accelerated by instant fame.
Yet it's not too late to set it straight: All it needs is some positive companionship to avoid following Britney to UCLA Med Center. And that's where "i-Buddy" comes in.
Sometimes, commissioning a pop artist to dress up a product is a good move; sometimes, it isn't. This is an example of the latter.
A year ago the "Nabaztag" Wi-Fi bunny was the darling of the digital pet world as others tried to figure out exactly what it was. (We're still not so sure.) For some reason, however, its creators at Violet have decided to subject the e-hare to the whims of French graffiti artist Andre.
The result, Luxist says, is a version with a tattooed ear and a "limited edition" price tag of … Read more
Crave sister site CNET News.com has been posting some of TechRepublic's photos of major invasive surgery performed on popular electronic devices in its "Cracking Open" series. Today's installment is on the Nabaztag Wi-Fi rabbit, which people pretty much either love or hate. At least everyone more or less agrees it's cute--but how does it work? As it turns out, the bunny holds some interesting secrets beneath its darling exterior. Find out what it's made of over at Cracking open the Nabaztag Wi-Fi rabbit.
Who doesn't love cool, do-it-yourself toys, the kind of projects that Make magazine has been celebrating for the last couple of years?
Well, now think of such things and imagine them talking to you, to each other or even to your cat.
That's the premise of Making Things Talk, a new book by Tom Igoe due out Oct. 15 from O'Reilly, publisher of Make.
The idea is just that, according to a press release I got this morning from O'Reilly: How to bestow "the power of communications upon your favorite tech creations through simple projects … Read more
For a conference about getting work done, there are sure a whole lot of toys here at Office 2.0 in San Francisco. Sure many of them are old hat, like the the Nabaztag/tag, but there's some new stuff here too like Pano Logic's zero client desktop. This shiny metal cube is actually a computer--well kind of. Actually it involves setting up a a beefy server to give everyone in your office a full version of Windows sans hardware. Just give give them a keyboard, mouse, monitor and one of these shiny cubes and they're ready … Read more
The Wi-Fi bunny has done what rabbits do best: multiplied.
Formally known as Nabaztag--it's Armenian for 'rabbit'--the toy from French company Violet that last summer grabbed geek attention worldwide has gotten an upgrade already.
The new guy is called Nabaztag/tag, and besides reading e-mails, RSS feeds through a Wi-Fi connection to a computer, acting as an alarm clock or playing music, he can now respond to sound via a voice-recognition device in its belly. That means owners can talk to their bunny, but it also means it knows when its owner is in the room. When it … Read more