Rabbit R1 will use Perplexity AI's technology to answer your questions

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The Rabbit R1, one of the standout gadgets of this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), will use Perplexity AI's technology to answer user questions, the two companies said in an announcement.

Perplexity noted that the first 100,000 R1 buyers will receive Perplexity Pro for free for a year.

The $200 r1 made a splash at the CES show as an AI-first gadget that saves you the hassle of pulling out your phone for tasks like searching the Web, playing a song on Spotify, and ordering a cab. There is currently no monthly subscription fee on the device.

Designed by Teenage Engineering, the device features a 2.88-inch touchscreen, a push-to-talk button, a camera, a speaker, and two mics.

The company has already sold 50,000 devices in pre-order. Earlier today, it opened pre-orders for the sixth production batch along with another 50,000 devices. Rabbitt said that all customers living in the EU and UK will receive their devices by the end of July, even if they pre-order the sixth batch of devices.

Perplexity uses a mix of its own AI models as well as third-party models – Google's Gemini, Mistra 7B, Anthropic's Cloud 2.1 and OpenAI's GPT-4 – to extract accurate information from the web. The tool has a chatbot interface on the web and mobile apps that allows users to ask questions in natural language. While Perplexity's solution is different from traditional search engines, it competes with You.com as well as Google's Bard and Microsoft's Copilot in the GenAI search arena.

Earlier this month, Perplexity AI raised $73.6 million at a $520 million valuation led by IVP with additional investment from NEA, Databricks Ventures, Nvidia, former Twitter VP Elad Gil, Shopify CEO Toby Lutke, ex-GitHub CEO Nate Friedman. Raised investment of Rs. Vercell founders Guillermo Rauch and Jeff Bezos.