r1 Rabbit will use Perplexity AI technology to answer your queries
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One of the featured gadgets at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Rabbit r1, will use Perplexity AI technology to answer user queries, the companies said in an announcement.
Perplexity noted that the first 100,000 r1 buyers will receive one year of Perplexity Pro for free.
The $200 has been making the rounds at CES as an AI-first gadget that saves you the hassle of pulling out your phone for tasks like performing web searches, playing a song on Spotify, and hailing a cab. The device does not have a monthly subscription fee at the moment.
The device, designed by Teenage Engineering, has a 2.88-inch touchscreen, a push-to-talk button, a camera, a speaker, and two microphones.
The company has already sold 50,000 devices in pre-orders. Earlier today, it opened the door for pre-orders for the sixth production batch, which includes 50,000 other devices. Rabbit said customers living in the EU and UK will receive all their devices by the end of July even if they pre-ordered a device from the sixth batch.
Perplexity uses a combination of its own AI model as well as third-party models — Google’s Gemini, Mistra 7B, Anthropic’s Claude 2.1, and OpenAI’s GPT-4 — to get accurate information from the web. The tool has a web and mobile app chatbot interface to allow users to ask questions in natural language. Although Perplexity’s solution is different from traditional search engines, it competes with Google’s Bard and Microsoft’s Copilot as well as You.com in the GenAI search space.
Earlier this month, Perplexity AI raised a $73.6 million investment — at a $520 million valuation — led by IVP with additional investments from NEA, Databricks Ventures, Nvidia, former Twitter VP Elad Gil, and Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke, and former GitHub CEO Nat Friedman, Vercel founder Guillermo Rauch, and Jeff Bezos.