The Morning After: The Rabbit R1 starts shipping next week

Revealed during CES 2024, the AI-powered gadget is coming.


According to Rabbit, the first batch of US pre-orders will ship on March 31. But stay patient, as it’ll take a few weeks for the devices to get to their destinations. The company estimates the first R1 orders will be in customers’ hands “around April 24.”

The Rabbit R1 generated equal amounts of hype and questions regarding next-gen AI hardware and whether it can deliver on the heady demos and press releases. I will say, though, the R1, co-designed by Teenage Engineering, is a pretty piece of tech.

— Mat Smith

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Senators ask intelligence officials to declassify details about TikTok and ByteDance

Lawmakers have participated in classified briefings about the app.

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Instagram porn bots’ new low-effort tactic works

Posting ass and… ‘insect’?

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