Join me on this horribly imaginary journey. The most important thing in the last 12 minutes of your life just happened and you just have to post it on facebook! You reach for your phone only to find that the battery is dead! You could use your computer to provide your information-ally starved facebook friends of the cute cat video you found or the copy and pasted chain mail/status that just arrived, but who uses computers anymore?!? They are archaic machines used by old fogies who think the internet is made of tubes! Whatever shall you do?!
Thankfully there is a product that can save you from this doomsday scenario. It is a device called Kartoz and it looks like one of those automatic air fresheners grew two ears and a weird glowing thing in the middle. With Karotz you can accomplish all the things you could already do on your computer or phone only now using a strange peripheral device that wants you to think it is cute. Posting pictures, wall posts, and even the previously thought impossible posting an audio recording as a status can all be done by talking to the device. The robo-rabbit is also able to read the text of your friend’s posts aloud to you, for those moments when you are in front of a computer but reading is just way too taxing.
The product claims to “[enable] people to become increasingly interconnected as they can easily interact with the online community at any time of day and become part of the global village where sharing news, thoughts and pictures online in real time is possible wherever they are.” For a product that is using connectivity with facebook as a selling point, the company seems to have overlooked the minor fact that almost everyone with an internet connection is already a member of the global mega city known as facebook. Also, that “wherever they are” apparently only means when one is sitting within vocal range of the Karotz.
I have respect for people with an entrepreneurial spirit who are trying to make the next best thing out there, this product is semi-unique in physical design but the features that it offers are far from even being called tough to find in other products. The Karotz device was beaten to the punch by facebook mobile apps, laptops, tablets, and the basic fact that people who really “need” to stay connected to facebook already do so via their computer or their mobile phone. If you really feel like paying $129 for all the functionality of devices you probably already have then be prepared to throw your money at the official site.