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.
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.
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.