The orbitsound T3 is a device that you wear around your neck, plug in your MP3 player, iPod, music phone, PSP, or PMP, and you get what the company calls “music in the air.” Battery powered, it is about the size of a cellie, is portable and lightweight, and features full airSound stereo. We were a bit curious about how it worked and discovered that the gadget “uses your chest cavity as a resonator to reinforce the sound from the unit when worn around your neck.” Uh-huh. We understand it will also work with a PC, TV, or desktop stereo and suspect that this is not an inexpensive gadget, as no price was available. Contact orbitsound for more details.
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So you already have a phone, but you’d still like a gadget to surf the Internet, view photos, listen to your MP3s and watch your videos. While not an iPhone, Mustek’s MMP 240 (and MMP 350) will do the job. With a 2.4” and 2.5” screen respectively, you can enjoy (and showoff) your multimedia goodness from only $99 to $199 USD.
Oh, and even if the product doesn’t look interesting - you have to take a listen to the PR person showing off the product. He may have been drunk. Or he may have simply been hoping to find a way to spice up what otherwise was simply him showing off an iPod touch knockoff. You be the judge. Hit us in the comments with your thoughts.
We chat with iriver about their upcoming W10 media player. It’s has WiFi connectivity and has a slightly difference interface than the iriver clix. It also features a touch-screen along with stylus, and built-in speaker. The WiFi allows for some great features, like location monitoring (similar to GPS), which means you can find restaurants, hotels, night clubs, and the like. Wifi positioning also has a few other features, which we go over in the video. The iriver W10 will be available in 2, 4, and 8 gigabyte sizes, and should appear on store shelves by the end of June. No pricing info has been released as of yet.
We stopped to chat with Rome Eselin of iRiver to talk about the new Unit2 that they are working on. While not available yet, the device looks to be a winner. It’s a PMP sporting a 30GB hard drive, 7-inch LCD display, with integrated WiFi. It has a docking station that has multiple inputs and outputs as well as an integrated DVD player, so you can both display the Unit2 content on a TV, but also send signals from your cable box or DVD player to the Unit2 wirelessly over 802.11n. They are even trying to incorporate point of interest into the device, so by way of the internet connection, you can find local restaurants. Even Internet radio is being considered. This device could be hot when released in the fourth quarter of 2007 - no pricing details have been released.
We look at SanDisk’s first PMP, the Sansa View in this episode. The device has a 4-inch widescreen 640x480 display, and 8 GB embedded flash memory which provides for about 16 full-length movies. Even better, it has a full-size SD slot so you can add another 8 GB of memory to the unit. It’s also extremely thin, and feels great in the hand. It gets about 4 hours of video playback, and has a removeable battery, allowing you to add a higher power battery if you like. Available in March for $299 USD.
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