Cracking open the Nabaztag Wi-Fi rabbit

Nabaztag - the Wi-Fi Rabbit

Last year, as part of our roundup of desktop toys that could potentially make good gifts for the holidays, I had the opportunity to test and review the Nabaztag Wi-Fi rabbit. The basic idea of this cute little device was that it would flash lights, wiggle its ears, and talk to you when you received an e-mail. In other words, a totally useless device designed for people with more discretionary income then sense. It cost around $150 and I panned it with little mercy.

However, I was intrigued by the idea of what was inside this silly rabbit electronic device. So after putting it off for too long, and at the urging of Cracking Open editor Cara Reynolds, I got out my tools and cracked open the Nabaztag to see what technology lay inside. There were a few surprises.

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.