Violet released the Nabaztag Internet-connect bunny way back in 2005. In many ways, it was one of the first smart home assistants. It could communicate through color-changing LEDs, through movements of its motorized ears, or through sound. Nabaztag was intended to be an adorable companion that could deliver useful information in a fun way. It was so adorable, in fact, that the Internet went wild for the bunny. Unfortunately, Nabaztag hasn’t been made in years. Now, however, the iconic bunny is being brought back for a limited time with a new Raspberry Pi brain.
The updated Nabaztag is being crowdfunded through a service called Ulule, and the campaign has already reached almost three times its presales goal. There is only 18 days left in the campaign, so you’ll have to act fast. This campaign is mostly intended for people who have an original Nabaztag, and want to update it with modern capabilities. That requires a new TagTagTag control board, and a Raspberry Pi Zero W to make it work. Kits are available with either just the new TagTagTag board, or with everything you need to update your Nabaztag.
If you don’t have an original Nabaztag, there is a reward available to purchase a new one. However, there are only two left at the time of writing, and those will likely be gone by the time you read this. Whether you are able to snag one of those, or just update your old Nabaztag, the new control board provides some benefits. Most importantly, the basic functions don’t require Internet access to cloud services. With Internet, it can tell you the weather, give you a surprise, tell the time, do tai-chi, perform a mysterious “Guru” service, communicate with its ears, and handle local speech recognition.