What’s missing in Nabaztag to make it a great product?

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…maybe the title is a bit too harsh. It might be a great product, but why am I not buying it? No doubt that this Nabaztag talking bunny is one of it’s first generation of ambient devices that really hits the market and is affordable at the same time.

 Here’s what’s missing:

  • Open hardware model. It would be great if this baby would allow me to attach periphiral devices via USB. Maybe it could allow me to plug in my camera and automatically upload pictures to my Flickr account. Or what about webcam support? I can imagine the hardware and WIFI connection are ideal to stream video to the web. Nabaztag could be my remote watchdogbunny.
  • Different models. I’m really waiting for some new and better designs of the product to really be tempted to buy it. It is a bit too Japanese toy-like for my interior. I prefer something along the lines of the products of Ambient Devices.
  • LCD screen. There’s a whole other world besides Text-to-speech technology to let Nabaz’ interact with me. Integrating a full-color screen with some sort of open API would give the masses possibilties to make widgets like these. Other output devices could be added through USB as well.
  • A better name. Yes, the name sounds catchy and unique. But can you use it in a sentence when talking to complete strangers?? No.

Let’s see what a second generation of these kinds of products bring, then maybe I will get one.

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11 Responses to “What’s missing in Nabaztag to make it a great product?”

  1. Marvel (my Nabz'name) Says:

    I think it is a brilliant idea and marvelous that it is an armenian name that represents this Rabbit, actually, especially when you have knowledge of what this country has gone through. Now everyone who knows nothing about this country, who could not care less, will at least know one word from this culture. That’s smart and even moving. It’s just about making an effort, as far as talking to strangers about it, to enter, discover and feel another culture than yours.

  2. dok Says:

    Yes it doesn’t do a lot. Also the ‘subscription’ model isn’t very good. You can’t really sync it to activities on computer. The Hacks often aren’t straightfoward and I barely understand a word my one says always talking in french.

    But I did get it on webcam and you can control it
    http://musictowers.axiscam.net

  3. Marvel Says:

    If it speaks french it’s because you don’t know how to use it. It is desgined to sepak both languages. I don’t think you can put all hackers in the same basket, there are dozens of services created by hackers that are cristal clear effective and ingenuous. I’m sorry but it does a lot, if you do a bit of research, saying the contrary is incoherent.

  4. Jamie Chapman Says:

    I think that it’s a great idea to see a webcam built in, and USB updates and stuff. However, there is a new one out now that has more features. Looks great, check it out at the website http://www.nabaztag.com/

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