Archive for Convergence

Voiis Mini Portable Bluetooth Player

voiis mini Voiis Mini Portable Bluetooth Player

The Voiis Mini pocket messenger phone is a Bluetooth device that is capable of playing your entire music collection within 100 meters of a computer. The handset can correspond with a number of media management software and wirelessly receive streaming music from a base station, then a standard set of headphones are used to listen to the music.

Voice calls are possible with the built-in microphone, and a 1.2-inch LCD supporting 65,000 colors can be used for instant messaging via Skype, MSN Messenger, and AOL. The portable device charges through a USB connection and has a battery life of 6 hours when in use and 72 hours in standby. The Voiis Mini is already available in Japan for 15,800 yen ($130).

[Product page via Impress]

TurboLinux Wizpy Goes Worldwide

turbolinux wizpy TurboLinux Wizpy Goes Worldwide

The time has arrived for those of you who heard the news of the TurboLinux Wizpy player last November, but were disappointed to learn that only a Japanese version would be released. The Wizpy will go on sale worldwide this June. As well as giving you the ability to carry a complete Linux operating system in your pocket, the Wizpy doubles as a DAP that supports the ordinary range of formats.

The player provides the option of loading Linux on any PC once it is connected to a USB port; preferences can be saved within the Wizpy so that the same setup can be loaded on additional PCs. English versions are set to be released in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, India, and Singapore and non-English versions are also on the way. The player will only come with 4GB of flash memory and sell for $278.

[Product Page via IDG News Service] thanks Charles

Cowon iAudio L2, Successor of the N2

cowon l2 Cowon iAudio L2, Successor of the N2

You may ask how Cowon has possibly fit more features into their N2 PMP navigation system. Here’s how: the L2 has been improved by doubling the internal memory to 2GB and replacing the 500MHz processor with two 266MHz processors that will be supported by 64MB of SDRAM instead of 128MB DDR2 SDRAM.

The L2 manages to retain the N2’s 7” WQVGA LCD (480 x 234) screen, GPS SiRF III chip, DMB tuner (service unavailable for most countries), Windows CE 5.0 operating system, two 2W speakers, line-out, and FM transmitter. However, it will only have one SD card slot instead of two, loses support for OGG and WMV, and the screen will be about 7% less bright.

[Product Page via GenerationMP3]

Swatch Infinity Concept PMP Watch

swatch infinity Swatch Infinity Concept PMP Watch

If you’re looking for something a little less puzzling than the Rubik’s Cube MP3 player, how about a nostalgic yet modern Swatch watch PMP? The imaginary brainchild of designer Pierre Merlet, the Swatch Infinity is a bracelet-style digital watch that features a removable face, MP3 player, video and photo viewer, and some sort of recording function. Some say it’s for capturing video, but a voice recorder seems more likely to us, especially since we don’t see a built-in camera anywhere.

Guess we’ll never find out for sure either, as the Infinity looks to have a pretty firm grip on that “concept” tag. Too bad, too, because it’s a lot nicer than some of the other media-enabled watches that actually made it off the drawing board.

More pictures after the jump.

[Yanko Design via Tech Digest]

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Sony Ericsson W200 Walkman Phone

sony ericsson w200 Sony Ericsson W200 Walkman Phone

Sony Ericsson today announced its upcoming W200 Walkman phone, which has a reported music playback battery life of 18 hours. The included 128MB Memory Stick Micro card and 27MB of internal memory can hold only about four full albums of MP3 or AAC tracks, but pop a 2GB stick into the built-in slot and you’ve got yourself a “music phone that compliments your existing MP3 player.” The W200 has a dedicated Walkman key for quick and easy access to your music via Walkman Music Player 1.0.

Available in Rhythm Black or Pulse White in Q2 2007, the W200 features a 65K-color screen (128 x 160), FM tuner with 20 customizable presets, speakerphone that allows you to use the radio as an alarm, HTML web browser, and VGA camera with 4x digital zoom.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but get this: you can even use the W200 to call people! It’s like an actual cell phone or something.

[Press Release]

Samsung i70 Identity Crisis: PMP or Digital Camera?

samsung i70 Samsung i70 Identity Crisis: PMP or Digital Camera?

CES 2007 hasn’t even officially begun yet and already we’re being bombarded by a slew of new gadgets. In addition to unveiling the YP-K3, Samsung announced today its new 7.2-megapixel i70 digital camera that doubles as a portable media player.

Sure you can use the 3-inch LCD to review the photos you just snapped using the 3x optical zoom lens, but wouldn’t you rather watch videos or read text files on it instead? Information on supported file and memory card types, as well as everyone’s favorite pricing and availability, are currently unknown but we do know that the i70 can play MP3s and record MPEG-4 videos at 15 fps up to resolution of 720 x 480. Not bad at all.

[LetsGoDigital via Engadget]

Samsung SGH-F300 Multimedia Phone Has Two Faces

samsung f300 Samsung SGH F300 Multimedia Phone Has Two Faces

And we mean that literally.

Debuting this week at the ITU Telecom World 2006 event in Hong Kong, the Samsung SGH-F300 is a double-sided GSM triband cell phone and YP-Z5 look-alike multimedia player that supports MP3, AAC, and WMA tracks. The 2.1-inch TFT display (256K colors, 176 x 220) is good for watching MPEG-4 videos stored on the device’s 100MB of internal memory or on microSD cards up to 2GB. There’s also an FM radio, Bluetooth (A2DP), and touch-sensitive navigation pad.

Flip the F300 onto its face, tap the phone/multimedia switch key, and you’ve got yourself a full-featured candybar cell phone complete with 2-megapixel camera and GPRS/EDGE connectivity. Check out the diagram below for more details on phone layout and other features.

The Samsung SGH-F300 should be available (in Korea only?) beginning in the first quarter of 2007.


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NetStreams DoorLinX DX100 MP3 Doorbell

netstream doorlinx NetStreams DoorLinX DX100 MP3 Doorbell

First it was the DAP. Then it was the cell phone. Now MP3s are venturing into the home market with the new DoorLinX DX100 doorbell by IP-based entertainment company NetStreams. The newfangled device features an intergrated microphone for voice recordings, 4-watt speaker, and brushed-finish doorbell unit (faceplate and button) and can be loaded up with any MP3 file up to 500KB in size.

The selected MP3 will play when visitors check to see if you’re home, and if you’ve enabled the Do-Not-Disturb mode to mute the doorbell in certain (or all) areas of your house, the Avon Lady will be none the wiser.

“Ring My Bell” will likely see a spike in its sales when the DoorLinX DX100 appears on NetStreams’ website. It was supposed to have been available since mid-October, but there’s still no sign of it anywhere.

[HiddenWires via Gizmodo]

Turbolinux Wizpy MP3 Player and Linux to Boot

turbolinux wizpy Turbolinux Wizpy MP3 Player and Linux to Boot

It’s not often when “This is a first” can be said with a straight face in the DAP world. But the upcoming 4GB Turbolinux Wizpy really is a first. It’s certainly not the 1.7-inch OLED display, FM radio, or DivX support that makes the device unique. And we barely blink an eye these days when another new player can play MP3, Ogg, WMA, and AAC formats. Yawn!

The stand-out feature of the Wizpy comes in the form of what’s preloaded on 1.5GB of the player’s internal flash memory . . . (wait for it) . . . Linux. Turbolinux FUJI, to be exact. And what good is bootable Linux without a sampling of what are arguably the best applications around? Yep, in addition to the plug-and-play OS, the Wizpy also comes preinstalled with Firefox, Thunderbird, and Skype. All this in a 3.3″ x 1.7″ x 0.5″ device that weighs a mere 2.1 ounces.

The Turbolinux Wizpy will sell for about $250 when it hits Japan in February.


Sharp Papyrus PW-TC900 MP3 Player/TV Dictionary

sharp papyrus PW TC900 Sharp Papyrus PW TC900 MP3 Player/TV Dictionary

Talk about convergence!

Here we have the upcoming Sharp Papyrus PW-TC900 uberdictionary showing off its QWERTY keyboard and swiveling 480 x 272 display. The clamshell device looks a lot like the company’s Zaurus line of Linux-based PDAs, but what makes the Papyrus stand out is its built-in 1Seg TV tuner (notice the antenna). And if there’s nothing good on the tube, just pop an SD card into the integrated expansion slot to transform the electronic English-Japanese dictionary into an MP3 player and photo viewer.

The Papyrus PW-TC900 will be available in Japan on December 8th. No word yet on price.

[Press Release via Akihabara News]