Nabaztag is an Armenian word for “rabbit” and is also the name of an unusual internet-connected device. (See http://nabaztag.com.)
This little rabbit is one of the “internet of things” developed by a company named Violet. Nabaztag can respond to HTTP methods to move his ears, speak a sentence, play a sound or song, or flash some lights where his mouth should be. Nabaztag can sense objects that have attached RFID tags. In a potential application a user could wave his keys in front of the rabbit as he prepared to leave the house. Nabaztag would arrange to turn off his home lights and open the garage door. Other people have used the rabbits to read out stock quotes.
To use the rabbits, one registers the serial number of the particular rabbit with a central server that routes HTTP methods to the appropriate device. Users have reported frustrations with the quality of this service. I personally can’t imagine casual users up to the task of registering this device with their local wireless network and then registering the device with the server, but the device opens up an intriguing look into the possible “internet of things.”