The WiFi Wabbit
Be it a more recent discovery of mine, the nabaztag and the updated nabaztag/tag is probably one of the coolest gadgets I’ve seen lately. What it basicly comes down to is a rabbit that connects to the internet over your WiFi connection and is able to perform a wide variety of actions. For example:
- It can read your incoming mail
- It can read headlines
- It can function as a talking clock
- It can read out typed messages from your friends
- It can play mp3’s your friends upload to it
- It can read your rss feeds
The only thing it can’t do, is take over the world … yet. And here’s why: configurating the thing. If you know what your doing, it’s a piece of cake, but for your average consumer the set-up might seem very difficult and/or confusing.
To set up your nabaztag(/tag) you need to connect to it by putting it in “ad-hoc mode”, connect to the it’s WiFi-signal, go to 192.168.0.1 ,which will bring up a very bare-bone, router-like set-up page. Again, if you know what you’re dealing with it’s a piece of cake, but I think this product has way more potential.
If set-up were to be done over USB for example with a nice clean wizard, you’re not so geeky John Doe might actually consider buying it either for him or his kid; because, let’s face it, the thing looks like a toy (but I would soooo love to have one).