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Violet has announced the Karotz Smart rabbit, which is the first ever hardware device which has been tailor made especially for Facebook. The rabbit connects to its owner’s social networks, searches the Internet, plays music and even checks for new e-mails.

Karotz is the third generation of the multipurpose, internet-connected rabbits that first launched in 2005 as Nabaztag, and has since become a worldwide phenomenon. The immensely popular robotic companions transform daily life by providing a link to the family, friends and the world and now the compatibility with Facebook is a wonderful addition to Karotz’ already extensive range of features. This smart rabbit enables its owner to connect to their Facebook account and is the first ever hardware device to be compatible with the key social media sites (including Twitter) allowing people to interact via their favourite companion. Now friends can take control of your new companion Karotz to communicate with you by sending messages and audio files, using the Karotz integrated webcam to see what it sees, sending a poke or moving Karotz’ ears and changing the colour of its light to get your attention. Karotz can even record and post status updates as an audio file, text or photo directly to your Facebook wall. In fact Karotz leads us to a new interactive experience in order to benefit from the richness of the Internet, which opens up a new form of connected lifestyles! ‚We are excited to launch the widely popular Karotz smart rabbit with the US and to make the new Facebook compatible devices available here first ‚, Fabien Bardinet, CEO of Violet. ‚Karotz’ unbelievable success in Europe leads us to believe it will do very well in the US, where there are more than 157M Facebook users. The concept behind Karotz is to make communicating with friends and sharing information both an interactive and fun experience.‚ Karotz is a clever rabbit and can respond to questions and requests by using advanced voice recognition software and the internet to search for what its owner is looking for. The connected companion has the ability to play music: check for new emails: read the weather forecast, RSS feeds, tweets and more. Karotz has also the ability to share what it sees or listen, using its camera or microphone. Karotz is at the heart of people’s lives and in sync with all the important events in the day. Violet also offers a wide range of Karotz accessories including the Nanoztag and the Flatnanoz key ring tags which feature RFID chips and can be used to launch an application or to check in and send an email to alert the Karotz owner when their child or roommate is home. Karotz owners can customize the look of their little buddy with a USB tail or Skinz tattoos. The free Karotz Controller application is currently available from the Appstore and on Android Market!

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