Thanko’s MP4 player comes with a green bonus. A detachable solar panel will keep the entertainment coming, at least as long as the sun shines. One hour of charge will give you 15 minutes of video. In case of a cloudy day, use its USB connection to charge for about 5 hours. The 4GB player has a 220 × 176 pixels LCD screen, SD card support, built-in FM radio, mono speaker, voice recording, and a couple of games. Thanko’s offering carries a price of ¥9,980 ($96.00.)
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Traxdata has unveiled their new MultiMediaDrive for instant playback of movies, songs, or images. It also functions as an external hard drive. Compatible with most televisions, it can transfer computer files through its USB 2.0. Plug into any audio and video interface to get HD without missing out on quality. The device comes with its own remote and cables, and supports MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX, Xvid, MP3, WAV and JPEG, as well as both FAT32 and NTFS file systems. Contact Traxdata for pricing.
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RAPHA has unveiled their multi-useful Speaker System. The SurroundXi will work with iPod/nanos, MP3s, MP4s, portable CD/DVD players, computers, and cellies. And if you don’t have one of those, just take your computer’s MP3 files and copy them to your USB flash key, then plug in. The speakers have Unique Weave technology that the company claims gives “brilliant crystal clear sound.” The SurroundXi is portable, comes in 6 different colors, runs on batteries (not included,) USB, or 6V adapter and carries a MSRP of $69.95.
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The newest pro 2-channel mobile digital recorder has upped its features. Convert VHS to digital and analog video to digital files for PC with included Muvee AutoProducer 6.0 with USB. The MicroTrack II now has an extended input gain range, an analog input, faster transfer rate, and better recording for files over 2GB. Record 2- channel WAV and MP3 files to Microdrive or CompactFlash, then drag and drop to your computer. If you have a recordable DVD drive on your PC, you can burn your own movies. Windows XP/Vista compatible, the Microtrack II comes with a remote at a price of $499.99 (mic not included.)
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If you are the type that likes to study while listening to music, iriver has come out with a very kewl portable media player that doubles as an e-book reader with PDF, Excel, and Word support. The P10 has a 4.3-inch LCD with 800 x 480 resolution, 33GB internal memory, and can play WMVs and Mpeg video. The device also has several dictionaries that include Chinese, Japanese, and English. The P10 will be coming out in Korea with a basic model for €200 (~$320.00) and a Pro version with DMB for €250 (~$387.00.)
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Say hello to the new Napster. Their new music store claims over 6 million DRM-free titles for download with more releases every week. Take advantage of their unlimited $12.95 monthly subscription and receive their Unlimited Music On Demand service free for a week. All MP3s come with high resolution album art and will play on your MP3 player or cellie. Transfer, make playlists, burn CDs, and enjoy the tunes. We hope they have a lot more luck being legal.
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Sony has decided to downsize with their latest speakers. The 5.1 HT-IS100 system has 4 small 43 x 43mm speakers weighing about 70g. With a maximum output of 425 watts, it has a 3-prod HDMI input for the S-Master audio system. The company is also offering their HT-CT100, a 3.1 one speaker combo with one subwoofer, and a front center speaker with a 250W output. We always appreciate when Sony starts thinking mini.
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What better way to spend an evening than to see Honda’s ASIMO live and in person, conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The bot lead the musicians for the tune “The Impossible Dream,” then met Yo-Yo Ma who played with the DSO and received an award as part of the Power of Dreams Music Education Fund that supports music for kids. We wanted to share ASIMO’s performance with you, and yes, we know its time to get a tripod. Our favorite part had to be when he greeted the audience and they answered back. We were hoping to meet him afterwards, but this is one busy bot.
(Thanks, Honda and Alicia)
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LG’s latest touchscreen phone, Bikini, features an InteractPad that replaces navigation keys with context-specific virtual keys. The Korean company claims that the keys, being larger and spaced out more, are more flexible than standard ones. The Bikini comes in black or red wine, has a 3mp cam with video, MP3 player, FM radio, and Bluetooth capability. Available in two models, the suggested price should fall between 500,000 (~$482.00) and 600,000 KRW (~$578.00.)
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The Multifunction GPS Bluetooth Rearview Mirror System can do almost everything except play the violin. With a reverse sensor system, the 3.35-inch TFT touchscreen is also an MP3 and MP4 player with built-in speaker, an E-book for when you are stuck in traffic, support for PDFs, and GPS with voice prompts and auto-reroute. With an SD/MMC card slot, it has 5 included games, a stylus pen, and runs on DC 9V-13V. Did we mention it also has hands-free Bluetooth capability and Caller ID? At a reported price of £145.00 (~$282.00,) you will never have to leave your garage to have fun.