Portable Media

Say Hello to the mPod?

Microsoft, everyone’s favorite computer empire, is apparently working on an iPod-style music and video player, hoping to have the final product ready to roll come this Christmas. What more, the Microsoft music player will come with an iTunes-style music program/store and will feature Wi-Fi capabilities, which is planned to allow users to download music and videos without being connected to a computer – this feature alone could spell trouble for Apple should a competing capability not find its way into the iPod. In typical Microsoft fashion, expect the launch of these devices to be part of a multi-million dollar campaign; also in typical Microsoft fashion, I would be surprised to see virii for the devices before they debut. Stay tuned.

[via AppleInsider]

iLuv Introduces the i180 iPod Video Recorder

So, you just spent $300 on your new 30 GB iPod, but you want to be able to do more than just listen to your tunes? Well, there’s always the iTunes Music Store’s TV library, but in case you’re happy with the video library you’ve already paid for, iLuv has the answer. Say hello to the i180 iPod Video Recorder, an iPod dock that also allows you to turn your fifth-generation iPod into a DVR (the device doesn’t work with any other iPod but the 5G).


Digital Cube Shows Off BMP-1430

Portable media players are all the rage these days, for no matter where people go, nothing can fill spare time like a couple of random Family Guy episodes. With this information in mind, Digital Cube, a PMP manufacturer out of Korea, has taken the wrappings off the BMP-1430, which will be sold through Bluedot. A nifty little device, the BMP-1430 features a 4.3-inch screen @ 480×272, a 30 GB hard drive, and a 3.1″x5.2″x1″ frame. The BMP-1430 supports MPEG-1, 2, and 4 as well as XviD, WMV7, 8, and 9, MP3, WMA, and OGG, meaning that you’ll be hard-pressed to find media that this thing can’t handle.


Aigo Unveils the MP-P335

In yet another PMP entry, Aigo has taken the wraps off the MP-P335. As you can see from the image, the MP-P335 is nicely-sized for one’s hand, and features a 30 GB hard drive, a 480 x 272 TFT LCD display, MP3, WMA, WAV, MPEG-1, 2, 4, AVI, DivX, XviD, JPEG and text support (quite the impressive array of media formats), 5 hours of playback time per charge, and line in video recording. The Linux-based device is expected to retail for around 400 Euros (about $500 USD), though Stateside launch details weren’t available yet. Looks like this might be worth keeping your eye on, so stay tuned to Slashgear for any/all updates on this new device.

Exclusive Preview of Aigo MP-P335 [via Gizmodo]


Viliv P2 Portable Media Player

The Viliv P2’s list of features goes on and on…but here are the highlights:

  • Powered by an AMD Alchemy processor
  • 4.3-inch screen
  • 4-7 hour battery life
  • TV-out
  • GPS navigation
  • voice recording
  • 20 or 30 GB HDD
  • Windows CE 5.0 Core or Linux
  • Support MP3, WMA, OGG, AC3, SCM, WAV, AIFF, AAC, XviD, MPEG-1, 2, 4, ASF, WMV 7, 8 and 9


Perstel DMR-231 Portable Media Player

VThe Perstel DMR-231 is an affordable ($211) portable media player designed for the Korean market. It features a 3.2-inch display, SD card slot, USB connectivity, DMB tuner, support for a host of audio/video formats, and video recording capabilities. No word yet on availability.

Princeton PTV-WWTV7 Wi-Fi LCD TV

Princeton Japan has announced PTV-WWTV7 – portable 7 inch LCD TV. It is powered via onboard Lithium Ion battery which lasts for 3 hours or AC adapter. The TV is waterproof and can be used in the bathroom and the kitchen. Though the idea of a portable LCD is great but the main problem is that you need TV out sockets in every room, but this is not the case with this baby. The TV comes with a seperate tuner unit you plug it to your TV jack, DVD player etc and it transmits wirelessly using Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11a) upto 30 meters. The LCD has a resolution of 480 x 234 dots and includes 2 channel stereo speakers.

Laser Turntable offers the Vinyl Solution

ELP’s Laser Turntable plays records, but with a laser instead of a needle, so it won’t cause damage or deterioration to your moldy oldies. And, because there is no needle making contact with the grooves, it delivers unaltered sound that’s as close to the original recording as you’re likely to get. Price is around for $15,000 for a unit.

$9 MP3 Player

Evergreen makes a screenless mp3 player for $9. USB2.0 and 1 gig SD card support are both included. Now, everyone can have cheap MP3 players.

Virtual Assistant from NEC

Nec introduces a virtual assistant that -they think- will revolutionize how humans interact with electronic devices. The assistant looks like a virtual version of NEC’s PaReRo friendly robot. Nec’s goal is to use the assistant as the interface for all kinds of devices like PDA, Phone, GPS, you name it. The idea is simple: Nec thinks that it can simplify many tasks by letting the user interact with the assistant, rather than learning from scratch how to use a new device. Users will also be able to transport the assistant’s memory from one device to the other to avoid re-teaching each new device.

Palm Treo 700p

Palm today announced the Palm Treo 700p smartphone, which includes hardware and software innovations centered on usability, connectivity, multimedia and compatibility. As the first Palm OS CDMA-based Treo smartphone to offer the broadband speeds of the EvDO (Evolution Data Optimized) network, the Treo 700p smartphone helps customers better balance their personal and professional lives by combining an easy-to-use mobile phone with high-speed wireless data access to web, email, business and multimedia applications.

Pricing and availability for the Palm Treo 700p smartphone will be announced later by Sprint and Verizon Wireless.

Nokia adds Internet calls and Instant Messaging support to the 770 Tablet

Today at the VON Europe conference in Stockholm, Nokia introduced a new software upgrade for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. The upgraded features of the introduced OS 2006 edition include support for rich Internet communications, including pre-installed Google Talk – all on a portable broadband mobile device. Google Talk is Google’s free instant messaging service that enables people to chat and make calls through the Internet.

Additional features of the new software edition include enhanced text typing with full-screen finger keyboard, improved memory performance and refreshed look. There is also an improved home view desktop allowing users to choose from a variety of small applets to enable fast access to Internet services.