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Nabaztag transforms your rabbit into a bookworm

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The quirky French Nabaztag WiFi rabbit, which has found a home in over a quarter of a million homes over the past 3 years, is about to team up with the folk at Ladybird (aka Penguin Books) to read books to children using clever RFID ‘Ztamp’ chips which are embedded in each book. The chip triggers the rabbit to recognise the title and read it aloud using the Nabaztag central server and your wireless network connection.

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The tech was actually launched last year in France, but it is now available in English for the UK market. From next month the rabbits will be sold with three Ladybird titles – Goldilocks, Cinderella and The Elves and the Shoemaker (just love those elves). More fun comes from the fact that the child can navigate through chapters of the book by tweaking the rabbit’s ears. We’ll only be happy when you can rush through the boring bits by slapping the rabbit on the nose, but that’s just us being fussy. No prices have been announced yet, but in France the set comes in at £118.40.

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 By registering the Ztamp glued under the cover Nabaztag identifies the book, retrieves the story from the Violet server and then reads it out loud. You can  navigate through the chapters of the story by moving the Rabbit’s ears. This book has even a memory so that the next time you swipe the book in front of Nabaztag, the Rabbit will remember the chapter where it stopped the previous time.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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  • All you need to play with your Nabaztag and custom the Smart wifi Rabbit of Violet is on http://nabzone.com . API & coding resources and samples to have fun with Nabaztag, the Wifi Rabbit created by Violet.

    With Nabzone and your nabaztag, you can play lot games such as :

    Nabaztag Rock Paper Scissors
    Remember ! Rock breaks scissors, Scissors cut paper and Paper covers rock. Good Luck !

    Nabaztag Love Test
    Ask your Nabaztag if your dream partner loves you.

    The translator Rabbit
    Enter a short text; the Rabbit will say it to you in another language.
    Nabaztag translates from French to English and vice-versa…

    Magic 8 Ball
    Ask the Nabaztag a question, give it a shake and then wait the ‘Spirit Slate’ voice for the answer… A divination tool that mysticaly answers your questions.

    Telepathy Game
    Intuition or telepathy ? Discover the card chosen by your Nabaztag and develop your telepathic potential.

    Fortune Cookies
    Your Rabbit breaks the cookie, read the paper included in it and eat it.

    Biorhythm
    Module generating a textual message and ‘choreography’ according to you current biorhythm.

    Nabaztag Goofy vs Regular
    To know the real pattern of your Nabaztag. Is your Rabbit Goofy or Regular?

    Nabgo : The Rabbit Bingo
    Play Bingo with your Smart Rabbit. Download and print your own bingo cards and your Nabztag will be the Bingo MC. One line win !

    Twister
    The famous ‘Twister’ game to play with your Nabaztag. Nabaztag spins the spinner, and you move your body !

    Memory Game ‘Simon’
    The famous ‘Simon’ game to play with your Nabaztag, replay the color sequence played by your Smart Rabbit. The memory game to test your concentration.

    Nabaztag knows alphabet
    A little game for young chidren : Nabaztag chooses a word, writes it, says it and ask a little question about it.

    The Rabbit knows Times Tables
    To practice the times tables, Nabaztag recites it.
    Nabaztag read the News

    NabNews
    Your Nabaztag can read the french Daily paper libération.fr… or BBC News Front Page.

    NabMessenger
    Basic module to send a ‘Wink’ – short luminous and sound message – or a textual message that will be read by your Rabbit’s synthetic voice.

    But also… Nabzmood
    Communicate your mood thanks to your Rabbit.
    This service offers to display on your Website a little picture that indicates in real time your mood.

    And the Rabbits’GoogleMap,
    Nabaztag Widgets,
    No more naked smart bunnys: Clothes to print, cut and put on your Nabaztag;
    Visiting Cards :Customized visiting cards to promote your Rabbit to your friends…

    Nice and pretty Tshirts and goodies are in the nabzshirts shops :
    http://nabzshirt.spreadshirt.net and http://nabzshirt.shirtcity.com

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