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The breakthrough product I never knew I needed. This is AI on steroids. You want this.

Tom’s Guide technology review wrote:

This is a breakthrough product that I never knew I needed until I held one in my hands.”

I watched this video of  rabbit RI, introduced at CES this week, and instantly went online and bought one.

Please watch this video. Caution: It’s long.

The first half sets the problem up: Today’s smartphones are a mess. Too many apps. Too much confusion. Everything works differently, etc. etc.

Then the solution appears: Layer AI intelligence and AI power on top of your smartphone apps and…

…Bingo, you have the rabbit r1, a handheld device that will bring magic (and order) to your life — if it works as well as I think it does.

Watch this video:

Caution: I do not have a  rabbit r1 in my hot little hand.

I’m doing something I have not done in 50 years of testing new technology products: I’m recommending this product on the basis of the video, and from what I’ve read about the founder, Jesse Lyu (see below), and what I’ve read from others who have played with it, including an explanation of software integral  to the system — what rabbit called its Large Action Model, as explained by Tom’s Guide:

The Large Action Model works almost similarly to an LLM, but rather than learning from a database of words, it is learning from actions humans can take on websites and apps — such as ordering food, booking an Uber or even super complex processes.

For example, in the demo we saw shows the R1 pull off some incredible feats. (All of it was filmed live with no cutaways or time jumps.) First of all, making an itinerary for your holiday is quite a regular LLM action nowadays, but in tandem with the LAM, the R1 is able to make the flight and accommodation reservations for you. It’s that extra step that genuinely makes AI helpful.

The camera is also used in Rabbit’s actionable AI responses. Point it at a fridge and ask for a healthy recipe, and the R1 is able to respond with a recommendation. Most impressive for workers looking to streamline their processes (such as yours truly), is the option to show it a document (like a spreadsheet in the demo), and ask it to add data/customize it.

I was floored by the sight of this, and you receive the edited document in your email, which you can respond to with more requests that Rabbit’s AI will get to work on. All of this is made possible by connecting your various services to a Rabbit account, and the company promises all data remains private to you and anonymized to the business.

The full Tom’s Guide review is here.

My blog researcher Richrd Grigonis wrote me a piece:

Who Are These Guys, Anyway?

Rabbit founder and CEO Jesse Lyu styles himself as a trailblazing tech innovator and entrepreneur. Indeed, he has been recognized for his significant contributions to the field of artificial intelligence and consumer electronics.

Lyu is from Xi’an, China. He earned two simultaneous bachelor’s degrees in financial mathematics and marketing from the University of Liverpool in 2013, with additional study at the University of Arts in London. He then launched a career demonstrating a typical entrepreneurial spirit and obsession with revolutionizing the way people interface with digital technology. He is also a two-time Y Combinator alumnus.

Before Rabbit Inc., Lyu founded Raven Tech in May 2013, a startup that pioneered conversational AI operating systems. His work with Raven Tech established him as a figure in AI, particularly in developing interfaces allowing for natural and intuitive interaction between humans and machines. Raven Tech was acquired by Baidu in February 2017, and Lyu was the general manager of “Smart Hardware” there until June 2018. Since May 2020 he is also listed as a board member of Teenage Engineering of Stockholm, Sweden, which designed the Rabbit r1.

Jesse Lyu founded Rabbit Inc. in September 2020 along with a group of researchers, engineers, and repeat entrepreneurs with extensive experience in AI hardware products and operating high-performance computing (HPC) clusters to train large AI models.

The Rabbit r1 is said to be the culmination of and testament to Lyu’s vision of creating “the simplest computer” – a device so intelligent and intuitive that no learning is required to use it. He believes that the complexity of current smartphone interfaces, with their reliance on multiple apps and endless navigation, can be replaced by more streamlined, AI-driven interactions. And so, the r1 is designed to replace the app-based paradigm of smartphones with a more natural, voice-driven interface.

Under Jesse Lyu’s leadership, Rabbit Inc. has raised some impressive bucks—$30 million in funding to date from investors, including Khosla Ventures, Synergis Capital, and KAKAO Investment. The company’s focus on disrupting the current app-based paradigm with AI-driven devices like the r1 suggests a promising future in the realm of consumer electronics and AI technology. With the launch of the Rabbit r1 and the Rabbit OS, Jesse Lyu may end up redefining our relationship with technology, making it more intuitive, efficient, action-oriented and user-centric. AI is becoming more and more of a personal experience.

Was a Big Hit at CES 2024

When the Rabbit r1 debuted on Tuesday, January 9, at CES 2024, it got a huge response. As the company tweeted: “When we started building r1, we said internally that we’d be happy if we sold 500 devices on launch day. In 24 hours, we already beat that by 20x! 10,000 units on day 1! Second batch available now at Expected delivery date is April – May 2024.” That’s just short of $2 million in revenue in one day. Not bad.

By the time Harry Newton placed his order by yesterday afternoon, they were onto their second 10,000 and I won’t get my rabbit until April or May. Meantime, they billed my credit card  — which I’m guessing is an easier way of funding your growth than getting some poor vulture capitalist involved.

I asked Google: What are the other hits of CES 2024?

  • LG OLED T: A 77-inch, 4K OLED TV with a transparent screen that can be placed in front of a window. The TV has a mode that lets you see through it, giving content a holographic look.
  • ThinkBook Plus Gen 5 Hybrid: A PC from Lenovo that looks like a Windows laptop, but has a display that can be pulled off the keyboard.
  • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4: A new generation of earbuds that feature aptX Lossless Audio and Auracast support.
  • Samsung’s S95D OLED: A TV that ZDNet says is the best TV of CES 2024.
  • GeForce RTX 4080 Super: A product from Nvidia that will be released on January 31, 2024.

Stock stuff

+ Nvidia continued its rise. It closed this evening at $548.22.  Nvidia made a major presentation to the JPMorgan Healthcare conference this week in San Francisco. I’ve got the slides but not the audio. By tomorrow.

+ Tesla’s Berlin factory is suspending production for two weeks as the conflict in the Red Sea slows deliveries of necessary components.

My friend Ed writes; 

I think all this political advertising is great for META and GOOG.  $100 million in Iowa alone!

They are using AI to write personalized ads and embed them in your insta and youtube feeds.  Then the AI tracks the response, reports back to the sponsor, tweaks the ad and prices the ad accordingly.  All automated and highly profitable.  Travel and hospitality ads booming now too.

That’s it for now. — Harry Newton