If I'm blunt, the Creative Stone struck me as being a bit "meh". Apple has done the screenless PMP already, and was - in my opinion - shown up nicely as competitors lined up to undercut it in price while simultaneously adding features and a screen. Perhaps Creative have read my mind, anyway, because they've now introduced the Stone Plus; a 2GB DAP with a simple OLED display.
Creative won’t give up on media player market yet and is adding a new Zen to their player portfolio. The Zen Wav, a new player that is believes to be competiting with iPod Nano. The Zen Wav has similarity in navigation feature with its sibling Zen Neeon using a joystick and two buttons in front of the player.
Apple has been quite successful with its iPod shuffle. The screenless iPod is targeted to lower budget iPod users and provide super portability of an audio player. Creative will not sit tight and let Apple roam around the industry with every product line up they have.
It seems like it's been ages since we've seen the smiling face of Everything USB's Scott Clark as he uses any excuse to get photos of himself onto the internet. In this case, it's reviewing Creative's latest webcam, the Live! Cam Optia, that gives him the opportunity, the sly minx. Still, he puts together a damned good review as well, and the Cam Optia is one of a growing number of slightly unusual webcams notable for - in some cases - not needing any specific drivers.
Current fashion in architecture seems split between designing buildings that stand out in their surroundings and make a statement, and buildings that blend into the environment and whose statement is more about living harmoniously with what was already there. The problem with the latter, perhaps, is that in preserving the location you sometimes have to compromise the design of your construction. As technology and building materials advance, however, innovative ways to maximise living space and have a home in-keeping with nature are becoming more accessible and imaginative.
This forest home designed by 24H architecture sits happily within its natural setting, and yet its occupants aren't denied the space or light by compromise. The end section extends out, revealing a bank of windows and giving more internal room.
Modding computers is all very well, but it's a bit niche - I can't exactly see my mother picking up the Dremel and adding a window to her computer (or her kettle, for that matter) - what's needed is an easier way for people to imprint their individuality on an object. That in mind, the wouter Geense Design Studio present the Tune 'n Radio, a simple FM radio that comes without aerial or speaker-holes, and with only rudimentary controls.
New owners must decide for themselves what might be the best aerial - aesthetically and technically - where to punch the holes and what items to use as controls. wouter Geense describe it as a canvas that, once decorated, a user feels bonded to, in effect a little bit like spray-painting your initials on your cat.
It's easy to overlook other DAPs when Apple keep insisting on refreshing the iPod range every twenty-three minutes, but they're there alright, jumping up and down, waving their arms, screaming until their little voices are horse about their added features. Jenn at Pocketables took pity on one of them, the 2gb Creative Zen V, and decided to put it through its paces. Did it succeed in making her forget about fruity market-leaders? Read on to find out...
Designers seem determined to step out from behind the drawing boards and into the spotlight, and nobody gets more column inches (or, for that matter, hyperbole) than BMW's Chris Bangle. Design & Emotion have interviewed him, covering everything from 5-Axis milled door handles to the balance of design and semantics, with the much-maligned i-Drive interface along the way.
The new Xmod from Creative, connects between your headphones/speakers and your music source to convert the audio to Creative’s X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity 24-bit surround sound. Sometimes better quality than the originally CD. Compatible with both PC and Macs, the Creative Xmod will be available this month for $79.99.
Go where no PMP has gone before with the Vision W’s 4.3” 262K color 480 x 272 LCD Screen. Hardware Zone proclaims it to be the best video display they’ve seen. I know we already wrote about the Zen Vision W (Widescreen), but it’s always good to recap for those not up to speed. Creative will release the Zen Vision W overseas beginning of September 2006, featuring a 16:9 wide aspect ratio screen. The ZVN will support DVD quality resolution at 720x480 when outputting to your TV. The estimated retail price for the 30GB version is $400, while the 60GB version will cost slightly higher at $500. The release date for the US market is still unknown.
Enjoy the video, and click through for the official Creative ZEN Vision W press release.