I watched the Rabbit R1 keynote for the first time, and I have to say it’s an exciting device. What surprised me the most was the price! How can any AI-based device be launched at this price range? And that’s when I looked at the specs. Behind all the funky-looking exterior, it’s underpowered inside. Also, tells me most of the functionality happens in the cloud.

The makers have smartly called out that this does not replace your smartphone. It’s a companion device. And that’s where I have my doubts about R1. It might sell brilliantly at the beginning, which it already is, according to the reports. But I am afraid it will lie forgotten in the drawers for many.

An exciting, cute tech nonetheless. The question is, are we ready for an AI-only device?