The Rabbit R1 is finally here and it’s another useless AI gadget. Of course, at $199 with no monthly fee, it’s a lot cheaper than the $699 Humane AI Pin. But the R1 is slow, hard to use, and doesn’t really do much. The much-promised “Big Action Model” mostly powers things you can easily do on your phone. In this episode Devindra and Engadget’s Sam Rutherford talk to CNET’s Lisa Eadicico about the Rabbit R1 and whether AI devices are needed at all. Just like cameras, the best AI device is the one you always have with you: your smartphone.

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hosts: Devindra Hardawar and Sam Rutherford
Guest: CNET’s Lisa Eadicico
Producer: Ben Elman
music: Dale North and Terence O’Brien

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