By Andrew Liszewski
To me the name TOMY (at least as we know it in North America) is forever connected to children’s toys. After a recent merger they’re now known as TakaraTomy and they’ve just announced a new Personal Media Player that seems to be carrying on the tradition of products designed for children, at least in terms of size.
The TDG-101, also apparently known as the Nano Channel is a diminutive Media Player that still packs an impressive list of features. Weighing in at 28g, the player is only 8mm thick and includes a 1.2 inch TFT display. It can handle MPEG 1 & 2, Quicktime, ASF, WMV and on the audio side, MP3 and WMA. Unfortunately though the battery life for audio playback is only about 6 hours, which doesn’t bode well for video playback times.
The Nano Channel should be available in the summer in various storage sizes up to 1gb for roughly $150. (After conversion.)