Raspberry Pi puts the heart back in mid-noughties nostalgia tech
Is it still the Easter holidays? Can anyone tell? Does it matter, when we have nostalgic tech bunny pets to share with you?
These little bunnies can now do much more than when they first appeared. But they’re still incredibly cute – just look at that little lopsided-ear thing they do.
The original Nabaztag bunnies were to us in the mid-noughties what Tamagotchis were to eleven-year-olds everywhere in the 1990s. They communicated through colour, light, and sound. But now (and here’s the best bit), with a simple bit of surgery and the help of a new Raspberry Pi heart, your digital desk pet will be smarter than ever. It will be able to tell you what the weather is like, and offer local speech recognition as well as “ear-based Tai Chi”. No, we’re not sure either, but we are sure that it sounds cool. And very calming.
The design team have created what they call the TagTagTag kit. Here are the main components of said kit:
- 5 RGB LEDs (NeoPixels)
- 2 MEMS microphones (CMM-3729AT-42316-TR)
- Audio codec + amp (WM8960)
- Accelerometer (LIS3DH)
- Temperature and humidity sensor (Si7021-A20)
- The custom Raspberry Pi bunny board we hope the next funding drive will release more of!
This new venture had its first outing at the Paris Maker Faire in 2018, and it looks like we’re already too late to buy one of the limited number of ready-made upgraded bunnies. However, those of you who kept hold of your original bunny might be able to source one of Nabaztag’s custom boards to upgrade it yourself if you’re prepared to be patient – head over to the project’s funding page. You’ll also need a Raspberry Pi Zero W and a microSD card. The video below is in French, but it’s captioned.
Nabaztag’s funding page also shares all of the tech specs, schematics, and open source Python code you’re going to need.
We know this might be a tricky project for which to source all the parts, but it’s just. So. Cute. Follow the rabbit on Twitter to find out when you might be able to get your hands on a custom board.
If only there were still some sold on ebay. %)
Wasn’t it Noughties rather than 90’s?
Ugh – Ignore my comment for some reason I completely misread the article…
I hope there will be a new funding.. I do have a bunny in store I’d love to retrofit, mayhaps with opencv as well? :)
I would love to see a full set of parts that we could build and then 3D print a shell of some kind. Might make it cheaper for everyone to partake.
I missed the first round of this – and found out about the second as I was faffing about during a spare moment after the lockdowns started here. I definitely want one! My old v1 bunny has only so much functionality and its documentation is sparse at best.
Can anyone help an Englishman with a V1 bunny he’s desperately keen to reanimate back to life! Can we buy this kit or not? Thanks