Too-Many-In-One

Leor Grebler
1 min readMay 12, 2024
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One of the breakout devices out of CES this year, at least from a news perspective, was Rabbit r1. It’s a standalone device that’s used only for AI assistance, albeit with more limited capabilities than Google or Apple. The concept is that you could have a standalone assistant device without the distraction of a smartphone.

That argument sounds familiar? What if you could have access to AI without the distraction of a screen? That was the Ubi pitch.

We may see a renaissance in standalone hardware as hardware costs and chips start to drop again and as more people see the annoyance of have to switch and use apps for everything they do.

When I was at the drive thru the other day, I used an app for payment, while also having a phone conversation and the phone tethered for Android Auto. The cable I was using to connect the phone was too short and it made the attendant have to stretch the scanner to scan the QR code.

Maybe I need to use a physical card instead of needing to app switch?

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Leor Grebler

Independent daily thoughts on all things future, voice technologies and AI. More at http://linkedin.com/in/grebler