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I got my Nabaztagtag

tags lightTonight the UPS delivery man dropped off two Nabaztagtag wifi-enabled smart rabbits and an extra set of ears! Ever since I read Aral's post on his, I have been waiting for my order to arrive. If you haven't heard of these amazing devices, I highly suggest you check out their website to see all the cool features this little device can handle. Basically, the Nabaztagtag can play internet radio, send and receive messages to other 'tags, complete voice activated commands, tell you the weather, act as your alarm clock, and a whole world of other internet-enabled services.

I've only had a few hours to play with my new rabbit, but I have to say, this thing is at one of the highest levels of usability I have seen in awhile. The developers (Violet, out of France) went to great lengths to make sure the thing just works. Their website is extremely easy to use, and setup was a breeze once I found a small note with a bug fix for those with Apple's Airport wireless routers.

tags darkThe best use I have found, however, is why I purchased two of the devices: you can "marry" two 'tags and then whenever you move the ears on one device, the ears will move in the exact same position on the second device. So the rabbit in the photos with the pink ears is for my girlfriend who is moving out of town this week. I thought the rabbits might be a cool way to keep in touch over the long distance, and "marrying" and sending messages between the two rabbits will allow for just that.

One other quick thing I should note is that there is a very large developer community surrounding these 'tags. There is a public API that is fairly well documented, and developers have made a ton of cool services available including NabAIR, an Adobe AIR application that allows you to control your (or someone else's) 'tag through a simple desktop application.

Aral Balkan said,

July 12, 2007 @ 12:58 am

Hey Jon,

Congrats on the new bunnies! In case you missed it, I recently published a rudimentary Nabaztag API (with just the talk method) on the SWX public gateway (you can test it out from http://swxformat.org/php/explorer by passing the serial and token of your bunny.)

Have fun! :)

thcrawford said,

July 15, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

At Wired Magazine’s NextFest in NYC last September, they had a whole chorus (maybe 100 or more) of them interacting with each other, ears waving, colors blinking in one giant chorus. It was definitely a site to see.

jonnymac blog » SWX Contest Announced said,

October 5, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

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