Here’s a really great introduction of what’s a Nabaztag(/tag), found at RabbitPi:
The original Nabaztag "first smart rabbit" was released in 2005, billed as an ambient home assistant (sound familiar Amazon & Google?) - arguably it was the first "Internet of Things" thing and was in many ways way ahead of its time, I bought one straightway. It sat on our mantelpiece reading out daily weather forecasts and occasional notifications but never had a lot of capability, relying on a WEP wi-fi connection and proprietary software and servers to provide its text-to-speech (TTS) services. It's hard to imagine now but at the time there wasn't that much it could connect to, social media was barely a thing, Nokia ruled the smartphone world and LED lightbulbs were an expensive novelty. In coming years there followed two further versions, the Nabaztag:Tag and the Karotz, both offered improved functionality but neither found its niche in the marketplace, ultimately let down by hardware and software limitations. The shame was that as soon as the supporting servers were switched off the previously smart rabbits became little more than ornaments. Several community projects tried to replace the services of the "official" servers, and we did use "OpenKarotz" for a while, but this too seemed to die off a year or two ago, leaving my rabbits silent and immobile atop my speakers. Anyway history lesson over! The upshot is that we fondly remember the presence of the Nabaztag in our living room, and I wanted it back, but as a proper modern IoT device.
Mine is a Nabaztag/tag, the second version whose most noteworthy additions are a microphone and an RFID reader.
Without going into too much details, here are the capabilities and internals of this rabbit by itself:
Mine is a Model B Generation 1 revision 1.2:
I am planning to go for a Raspberry Pi Zero to reduce the real estate footprint inside the rabbit case eventually:
But in the mean time, a full sized Model B will be alright, especially for learning purposes.
At this very moment, I know almost nothing about IoT, electronics or robotics, and the only goal of this project is to learn and eventually play with Amazon Alexa service.
I also want to make something useful with my Nabaztag, which has became nothing more than a paperweight since almost ten years: I used it a little at the beginning but the use was very limited, and then the service was discontinued.
My girlfriend at that time (now my wife), who offered it to me, often jokes about how I’m “not using this thing she bought me”. So now is time to prove her wrong and make something not useless out of it, not just some geeky gadget.
So I am planning to use this project as a long running learning and hacking project for home automation.
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