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January 22, 2007

Ambient Data

Nabaztag You might have seen Nabaztag (it's available from Firebox and other reputable establishments). It's a plastic rabbit ornament  which connects to the internet using WiFi and can then sing and dance in a kind of informative way based on the data it finds there.

You can program it via their website (a nice way to keep the set up simple) and get it to read voicemails, or tell you the weather, or flash when you've got a new email and a bunch of other stuff.

It reminds me  of the Availibot, the Ambient Orb and things like WiFi digital picture frames which have started popping up.  They're a bit like desktop widgets, but for your real desktop not your metaphorical one!

At the moment I guess there's a certain "early adopter" target market for most of these things, but if you could create something slightly cheaper, and with less set up options (e.g. checking an email account we already know you have) so people could just plug them into a power socket and they'd just work, I think people would love them. Also in terms of the physical form they take, and the way they get your attention, the possibilities are endless.

Seems like a nice fun way for people to get something a bit more tangible out of their wireless router.

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