Tuesday, May 3, 2011

KAROTZ GETS SOCIAL: Smart Rabbit Celebrates Spring with Community Channels and Contests

NEW YORK – April 29, 2011- Mindscape today announced the launch of the community and social media channels for Karotz, the Wi-Fi enabled, digital lifestyle companion and smart rabbit. Karotz made its debut earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show and will be available to consumers in the coming weeks. To celebrate the launch of the Karotz community and social media channels, Mindscape will be hosting several contests and giveaways, from now through launch. For details on contests and to stay up to date on all things Karotz join the Karotz online community at:

“LIKE” Karotz on Facebook - www.Facebook.com/KarotzSmartRabbit
“FOLLOW” Karotz on twitter - www.twitter.com/Karotz
Watch videos on the Karotz YouTube channel www.YouTube.com/KarotzCommunity

“Karotz is all about interaction and community, so the launch of the community and social media channels is a huge milestone for us,” said Jean-Pierre Nordman, President, Mindscape. “We have some very exciting contests, giveaways, and community related activities planned from now until launch and beyond!”

More Information about Karotz:
Karotz hides major computing power underneath a cute rabbit shell. Karotz learns its owner’s voice, habits and routine, and as a result will change the way users interact with their music, media and each other. From the moment it wakes its owner in the morning, Karotz will be a charming, connected companion that will prove hard to live without. The device is voice activated, so with a simple verbal request, it provides everything from horoscopes to up-to-the minute weather, traffic and news updates. Karotz can also read e-mails, friends’ Facebook status updates and tweets aloud. With its speaker, integrated microphone and vocal recognition, it allows the user to talk for free with fellow Karotz friends, either by direct chat or via a smart phone. It also reminds users of important dates such as birthdays and anniversaries. With its stylish media player, Karotz becomes the ultimate personal entertainment system, playing favorite Web radio stations, as well as MP3 files or podcasts from USB drives, computers, smart phones or iPods. It can also act as a tutor for kids, reading pre-recorded stories, or even coaching them with educational games. When it’s time for fun again, Karotz can entertain the whole family with interactive games and quizzes. Beyond providing information and entertainment, Karotz can also provide safety. Karotz features an integrated webcam, so it can send images directly to a smart phone or work computer, where the user can see everything that Karotz sees. An RFID chip sensor also provides instant updates, such as reporting when the kids get home from school.