Today we would like to present you the application „Karotz Controller“ for smartphones and pads. This is a beta version, so please don’t be too severe! And as always the video is in French.
With this application you can change the colour of the LED, move the ears, send text messages, listen to the radio or to your music files, and take photos from what Karotz can see.
0’’ – 0’30 Arnaud says hello to everybody, and present the topic of this video: It is about the Karotz Controller. The Karotz Controller is a small program, that you can install on your iPads or Android phones. Later it will also be available for Symbian and Windows 7. With this program you can control the functions of Karotz, for example photo editing, music or TTS (Text-to-Speech).
0’31 – 1’19 Arnaud makes a demonstration of the topic Photo Editing: He opens the application on his iPad and controls, if he is connected with the rabbit. The LED is white, which means that the connection is already established. Then he starts the application. Now Karotz takes a photo every second, until the process is stopped by the user. So you can see, what happens at your home. In this version 1.0 of the Karotz Controller the photos cannot yet be saved, but this should be possible in the next version.
1’20 – 2’04 The second demonstration in about the topic Multimedia. Before you could read media from an USB stick using the MPD (Music Player Daemon). From now on this program is directly integrated into the Karotz Controller. Now you can launch a song, go from one song to another, or choose the random mode.
2’05 – 2’34 You can also listen to radio stations. In this example Arnaud is listening to radio France Inter. The Karotz Controller includes about 20 radio stations, and this list will be enriched. The Karotz Controller will also be able to integrate web radios, that you set up for Karotz.
2’35 – 3’04 For all those, who do not want to leave their iPad running, we also have a solution: When the iPad is in stand-by modus, there are still about 20 minutes available, so that you can continue listening to songs or to radios.
3’05 – 3’44 The third functionality is the TTS. Arnaud is writing a short text message on his iPad, and Karotz transforms his message into a artificial voice. So you can send messages to your friends, with your iPad or your smartphone.
3’45 – 4’09 You also can telecommand the ears or change the colour of the LED.
4’10 – 4’14 And finally Arnaud invites you to ask all your questions to this video on the blog.
Today we would like to show you new commercial videos with Karotz.
Each video presents the most important applications to each of the 3 topics. We already presented them in this post.
The 1. video shows the main functionalities to the topic “communication”:
- You can call from Karotz to Karotz or from smartphone to Karotz. You can also watch an earlier weekly video on this topic.
- You can connect Karotz’ webcam to your smartphone or computer, and see what Karotz sees.
The 2. Video shows the functionalities to the topic “lifestyle:
- You can receive an e-mail or an SMS, when your child comes home from school, and shows his or her Flatnanoz to Karotz. In this weekly video you can see more about.
- Karotz also is a messenger. When you send him a text message, he can transmit it to your family. You can send a message from your computer or from the application “Karotz Controller” on your smartphone or pad. We will soon publish a video about this application.
- You can observe via your computer: Kartoz can take photos, that you can see on your computer, smartphone or pad.
The 3. Video presents the functionalities concerning the “Mediaplayer”, that means the music and other diverting applications:
- With the application “Songs and Stories” you can read stories or play songs. You can take stories from your library or download stories online. You can also find songs on our website in form of karaokes. You must save them to your computer, so that they will be available on your account, then your children can listen to them as often they wish. We will soon publish a video about this application..
- You can telecommand your music with your pad or smartphone. Here you can see an earlier weekly video on this topic.
- And finally there are also the Rabbitcasts, where you can share your music with other members of the community.
See you soon with new videos!
This post is for all owners of Nabaztags. As you may already know, the old servers are not working very well. Into the bargain a new bug concerning the informations appeared. In the moment we are about to repair it, by creating free space on the hard drive.
I would now like to explain some details about the planning of your rabbit and his servers. Two things will happen:
1) The server will be renewed. This is the most complicate step, and it is longer as we thought. It is not enough only to reboot the servers. Every day we try new procedures, but we concentrate more on Karotz and his servers, in order to be able to let Nabaztag benefit from the new servers as soon as possible.
2) For that the Nabaztag will be able to benefit from the new Karotz’ servers, we will proceed with a relocation. This update will be done in March or April, as soon as the Karotz’ servers will be started. In the moment we cannot tell you more about, because we did not yet install the new servers for Karotz.
The host of our servers told us some months ago, that he would wish us to change their place. We asked him to be patient, at least until the release of Karotz, and until the Nabaztags have been moved to the new servers, because this procedure could cause even more problems, that will be very difficult to resolve.
As conclusion one can say, that we are working to maintain the Nabaztags and to make them work better. The move to the new servers, which will take place in the next weeks, will proceed without any problems. I know that this post is not satisfying. So I only want to beg you to believe me, that we are really concerned about the solution of these problems.
Sorry for these inconvenients and thank you for your patience!
You can also read following posts on Karotz’ blog:
Sorry for our long silence during the last week! We often were outside the studio, and we had a lot of things to do (opening of the multilingual website, finishing of the beta version of the Karotz Community, etc.). We had no time to report news about the advancement of our Karotz.
Today we would like to tell you about the impression we made on the CES in Las Vegas in the press.
We already told you a little about the CES in our last posts. You can also take a look at Yoann’s post on his blog (in French).
We would like to start with a little home made video of the CES before its opening on Tuesday. A real fiasco!
For us it was a really great experience, we could see so many new objects, and we met thousands of people! But the most important for us was to present Karotz to the Americans.
Here are some videos, and sorry for the French accent!
Another video for:
You can watch all videos on the YouTube website of Karotz and you also can subscribe.
Here are some press releases:
This is all for the moment, we are waiting for some more.
We invite you to join us on the way to the arrival of the rabbit, because today is the day: Karotz’ website is online!
Visit www.karotz.com and learn more about the world of our big-eared friends. This website will centralise everything related to Karotz, and will allow you to configure your rabbit and his accessories.
For the moment this is still the beta version of the website, we keep on working on it. We hope that you will be patient, if some sections are not yet accessible.
But the shop is already fully operational. You already can make your reservations. At the same occasion, you can also inform yourself about the special offers and the different packages. We will soon publish a guide with all offers on the blog.
For fervent rabbit friends also the inscriptions to the beta version of the Karotz Lab are open! Go to the section „Lab“ and fill out the registering form.
You also can begin to create your community around the rabbit. Go to the directory in the section „Contacts“. You can send messages to each other, and you can take a look at the board to see what your friends are doing. Of course all these functionalities will later be connected directly with the rabbit. The section „Karotz Community“ will also open its doors soon. Here you will get access to the forums and the chat. For this section we still have some surprises in standby!
But that’s enough words for now! The best would be if you surf on your own, this is the best way to discover the website!
Many thanks for your patience, and see you on www.karotz.com!
Your Karotz Team
Today let us try to clear this up about the various special offers!
The 1st offer is for owners of Nabaztag v1 or v2:
You get a reduction of 50 €, if you reserve or buy before the 30rd of april 2011. You also must indicate the MAC serial number, that is on the bottom of your rabbit, as well as the e-mail adress of your account on Violet.net.
The MAC serial number of your Nabaztag can only be used once.
You can only use indicate one MAC serial number for each order of Karotz. If you have more Nabaztags, you only must give us one MAC serial number, to benefit from the reduction. For example, if you have 2 Nabaztags, you can indicate only one of the MAC serial numbers, and you receive a reduction of 50 € for the order of one Karotz. If you want to order 2 Karotz, you can indicate the 2 MAC serial numbers, but for the moment you need to make two orders separately.
If you lost your e-mail adress of you Violet account, please contact us through the contact form. Send us your name, your complete adress and the MAC serial number of your rabbit. We should be able to find you again, and to send you your e-mail adress back.
The 2nd offer is for the 500 first reservations of Karotz:
The 500 frist clients who order on www.karotz.com, will receive an exlusive Nanoztag as gift. It is white and has a silver diode and a Karotz logo under one ear. So when you will receive your Karotz at home, you will also receive 3 RFID accessories: 2 Flatnanoz (yellow and green), which are included in the package, and one Nanzotag in limited edition.
This offer is independent from the 1. offer, whether you have a Nanoztag or not.
The 3rd offer concerns the sponsoring of Karotz:
Recommend Karotz to your friends, without restriction! Each friend that you convert will bring you a voucher of 20 € on www.karotz.com. This voucher can be used in the shop for accessories and in the shop for applications. To thank your friends, they will receive each a Karotz key ring.
Thank you for your confidence, and for your many orders!
Greetings from Las Vegas!
Many Americans were marveled about Karotz. We often heard: “It’s so cute !”, “What does it do?”, “Why is it a smart rabbit?”, “Oh, really? Amazing!”, “I want one, when and where is it released?”. We were really pleased to hear that.
Here are some photos of our stand:
Ok, we had some technical problems, because we are surrounded by so many Wi-Fi connections. But we succeeded to do some demonstrations, for example with the weather forecast, the radio, the RSS feed with RFID or voice recognition.
We also showed our first version of the application “Karotz Controller” on iPhone and iPad. We change the colour of the light, send SMS or make photos of what Karotz sees.
We even haven given some interviews for website and blogs. Maybe Karotz soon will show up in the american blogosphere.
Yesterday evening we presented Karotz at the Showstoppers, which is a gala evening with journalists. Here are some photos of the event:
We also established ties with the Journal du Geek, BBC UK, Stuff, Wired and ABC News. That sounds quite promising!
Have a nice week!
We’ll be back in France on Tuesday.
Today we would like to talk about Karotz’ official forum in the space Karotz Community. The beta version of this space will open mid January. We will inform you when the time has come. In the meantime we would like to answer some questions that you asked us on the blog.
The Karotz forum is a communication space for all, whether you have a Karotz or not. Come and exchange your opinion of various topics, as for example “Karotz and its functionalities”, “The world our Karotz live in”, “What’s new with the Karotz?” and many more.
Beside the discussion forums, other spaces will be created, to improve the relationship between Karotz, or the presentation of all members. Just like in a real logbook, you will find there all information, announcements, news, contests, etc. that are concerning Karotz and his world.
The pictures are not up to date. The texts are meaningless and the logo is not the correct one… but they should give you an idea about the tendency.
See you soon on the forumz of the community!
Here we are still tuesday in Las Vegas and at this occasion Yoann and me wanted to send you some news.
We already passed through the Las Vegas Boulevard and its famous hotels (that are magic by day as by night!), before we finally arrived safely at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The check-in took some minutes,
but we spent many minutes searching for our stand among all the alleys, that are full of all kinds of material.
But finally we succeeded to find our place and started with the decoration work. The stand is smaller than we imagined, but we have a quite nice view!
The Nanoztags also arrived safely, but we still miss the Karotz and the routing machines. The only routing machine that we carried in our baggage, has burned up. And this is only the beginning!
So we decided to finish the decoration of the stand, and we will come back tomorrow to install the rabbits’ network.
We hope that they will arrive safely after all this strokes of fate!
The fair will open on thursday, and we will continue publishing some photos online.
Have a nice day!
As you already may know, Karotz is much more powerful than Nabaztag. His embedded system gives him much more functionalities.
With regard to the development of applications, we applied to attend the ministry of industry with a project for research and development, and we have been accepted! The project is called Alice, and it will be realized together with our partners L&J Solutions and Digital Airways.
It is about developing systems, that can be used without any physical contact (RFID, NFC, etc.), and that are mixing 3 worlds:
1) The Karotz platform (to render contents) ;
2) The smartphones (with Karotz’ avatar as interface) ;
3) The cloud (with a platform that renders scenarios, and that has the ability to move through content, depending on the situation).
You do not seem much more clever now concerning this project. Generally speaking, it is about connecting these 3 worlds, that don’t have nothing in common. And we already found various solutions. In some weeks we will open a forum, where you will be able to follow the development, and above all, where you are invited to leave your comments and questions. We believe that your questions will be very useful for us.
See you soon on the forum of Alice!