Haier have updated their ibiza Rhapsody PMP with a new, semi-rugged Sport version. The audio and video capable PMP now comes with 4GB or 8GB of skip-proof flash storage, while still offering the WiFi, 2.5-inch color display and questionable styling of its 30GB HDD predecessor. It can also connect to Rhapsody To Go, the music download service, to access new tracks.
We’ve seen plenty of flash storage based electronics devices with waterproof feature, hardly the storage itself. The Japanese looks to break the trend with the introduction of waterproof SDHC memory cards. A SDHC card is more likely to float if it’s accidentally dropped in the water but the Elecom-made SDHC is more than H20-friendly; as a IPX7 compliant device, it will withstand accidental immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Besides waterproof; the Elecom is Class-6 standard, meaning it offers real-time recording directly to the card with a guaranteed minimum write speed of 6MB/sec and a data transfer rate of up to 15MB/sec.
Elecom waterproof SDHC is available in 4GB and 8GB capacity. Mum’s the word on pricing information but it is slated to ship in December.
Sonim have announced the follow-up to their XP1 rugged cellphone, which comes in the shape of the chunky XP3. Despite Sonim's enthusiastic claims to the XP1's invulnerability, the XP3 is apparently even more shock and drop resistant; it's also waterproof, and can survive being fully submersed for 30 minutes within one meter of water.
Forget the cheesy weather proof feature or having a pelican case for your cell phone. The Futjisu F-01A goes beyond Slashproof, offers feature-rich handset with IPx5 and IPx7 waterproof protection. The F-01A is no ordinary cell phone with few O-rings; it’s a fully loaded "docomo PRIME series" mobile phones with GSM, GPS, Bluetooth, fingerprint sensor, and has a 5.2MP CMOS sensor for still image capture which also sports a 3.5-inch TFT LCD with ultra wide 854x480 resolution screen.
As well as the Skullcandy partnership, Qualcomm also had the latest Freestyle Audio PMP on show with their new color mirasol display. The ruggedized audio player manufacturer first announced it would be using the 0.9-inch low-power display back in May; it now has a name - the Soundwave Ltd. Edition FA300 - and more specifications, including Bluetooth A2DP wireless stereo headphone support.
Sanyo is known for their super slim handheld cameras the their latest Xacti E2 falls right in line with its predecessors. It can take stills, video and you can even submerge it under five feet of water. The question should be, what can't this thing do?
If you find yourself wishing your TV was smaller, you might find the answer to your dreams in the Sony BRAVIA XDV-W600 LCD TV. This 4-inch LCD screen was announced yesterday for the Japanese market and here's the kicker: it's waterproof.
This portable TV can be near water without incident. It has an IPX7 and IPX6 waterproof rating, which means it can be submerged for 30 minutes at a depth of 3.3 feet. A device that can last in the water for a second is a good deal to me!
Just because you love the latest gadgets doesn’t mean you have to forfeit more traditional designs. And if you love antiques, you can still get that priceless look from modern tech. Case in point, the Casio G-Shock G8100A-5. This wrist watch is made from bronze-colored aluminum and has a perforated resin band, giving it a rustic appeal. Some may define it as “steampunk” but I wouldn’t quite agree with that. For me, steampunk requires gears, mechanisms, steam and other Victorian tech. Just because something looks old, doesn’t mean it’s steampunk. But I digress.