Nabaztag and Karotz

Nabaztag is a Wi-Fi enabled ambient electronic device in the shape of a rabbit, invented by Rafi Haladjian and Olivier Mével, and manufactured by the company Violet. that unfortunately bankrupted.

Out of the box, the Nabaztag rabbit is 23 cm in height and weighs 418 g. It can send and receive MP3s and messages that are read out loud as well as perform the following services (by either speaking the information out loud or using indicative lights): weather forecast, stock market report, news headlines, alarm clock, e-mail alerts, RSS-Feeds, MP3-Streams and others. There is an API, with bindings for multiple programming languages including Java, Perl, Python or PHP, available to program the Nabaztag. At first talking only in English and French, as of June 2007, Nabaztag fully supports services in German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch. The rabbits can be customized with Skinz tattoos, detachable USB tails in various colors, and matching Flatanoz key ring tags embedded with RFID chips.

Karotz is the third generation Nabaztag, and first to be released since the Mindscape purchase. Like its predecessors, Karotz connects to the Internet using Wifi and has RFID reading capability. Additionally, it includes an integrated web cam, a USB port (which can be used for power as well as connectivity), and 256MB of onboard storage. Karotz was released in April 2011 and is heavily integrated with Facebook and Twitter.

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