You’ve probably seen these little robotic rabbits before; they were introduced a few years ago with the name Nabaztag. Violet is introducing a new version at CES that has all the cute and more smarts. The new Karotz is the first hardware device made especially for Facebook, and it can update your status with audio files it records, texts, or photos. Friends can take control of your Karotz and use its integrated webcam to see what it sees, send you a message or audio file, send a poke, or move the rabbit’s ears or change the color of its light to get your attention. It has advanced voice recognition and can respond to questions and search the internet to find answers, and it can play music, check for new emails, read the weather report, RSS feeds, tweets, and more. Some accessories available for the Karotz have RFID tags, so the rabbit can recognize when your child gets home and send you an email to let you know. The free Karotz Controller app is available now in the Android Market or in Apple’s App Store. Karotz are available at Karotz.com and the Amazon, Brookstone, J&R, Computerworld, and ThinkGeek websites for $129.99 MSRP.
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