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Rabbit Inc., a new AI startup, has unveiled the R1, a pocket-friendly device that serves as a virtual assistant to perform digital tasks through voice commands. Unlike traditional devices, R1 doesn't use apps or connect to their APIs; instead, it utilizes automated scripts called "rabbits" to carry out tasks. The device, designed in collaboration with Teenage Engineering, features a push-to-talk button, a touchscreen, an analog scroll wheel, and a rotating camera. Users can set up access for select apps through a web portal, and the device claims not to store user credentials. The R1, priced at $199, is designed to handle various tasks, from making reservations to booking flights. It uses a combination of large language models and action models to understand and execute commands. The R1 is not intended to replace smartphones but to simplify routine tasks. Read More
Telly, a company offering free 55-inch 4K TVs with ads on a second screen, is previewing a voice assistant named "Hey Telly," which will initially be based on OpenAI's ChatGPT. Users will interact with the assistant on the TV's second screen, with the system expected to recognize the owner over time and provide personalized recommendations. The voice assistant, powered by SoundHound, can set timers and answer simple questions. Telly aims to make the TV an interactive family member and explores AI for personalization. The integrated camera for Zoom calls has been popular among users, and a new "Zoom Watch Party" feature has been introduced. Telly also plans a purchasing feature called "T-Commerce," enabling users to interact with ads, visit a retailer's web browser, and save payment info for easy checkouts. Read More
OpenAI has launched the GPT Store, a platform for custom chatbot apps powered by its text- and image-generating AI models, such as GPT-4 and DALL-E 3. Accessible via a new tab in the ChatGPT client, the store includes GPTs developed by OpenAI's partners and the broader developer community. Users can browse popular and trending GPTs in lifestyle, writing, research, programming, and education categories. To access the GPT Store, users must be subscribed to one of OpenAI’s premium ChatGPT plans. While listing GPTs is free, OpenAI plans to launch a "GPT builder revenue program" in Q1, allowing developers to earn income based on user engagement with their GPTs. Read More