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Category Archives: Portable Media Players

The IPS-11G Could Give iPods Karaoke Abilities, Drive You Insane

ips-11gBy David Ponce

We don’t condone praying; it hurts the knees and rarely yields measurable results that can’t otherwise be attributed to luck or misfortune. That said, when we read about the IPS-11G, we started praying, and as of this writing, we still are. We are praying that no one within a 100 mile radius of us gets their hands on it. See, the little device has the ability to turn your everyday iPod into a karaoke machine. Simply load some MCG-MP3 karaoke format files into the player, and connect it to the IPS-11G. It’ll then read the files and display them on your TV, for everyone’s auditory torture enjoyment. Other than this particularly sadistic feature, the device can also be used as a bridge between the player and your entertainment center; the iPod’s menus can be accessed through your TV using a remote control, allowing to enjoy your music and videos (hopefully minus your wail-y voiceover) on large screen and large speakers.

The price for this potentially evil device is $230 and even comes with a microphone.

[The IPS-11G] VIA [Gizmologia]

Egokast Makes A Video Beltbuckle

egokast belt buckle

By David Ponce

It was only a matter of time until the LED belt buckles evolved to become full-fledged video playing belt buckles. And, it looks like Egokast was the first to get there. The company sells a belt buckle that happens to sport a video player with a 320 by 240 3.5 inch LCD screen. The player is detachable and can thus be used as a standalone video and music player, playing AVIs, MPEG4s and MP3s. The data is stored on SD media, with a 512MB card included in the package. Battery life is claimed a 4+ hours at full brightness, which is ample time for you to get the crap kicked out of you at whichever party you choose to show this thing off.

In case you’re a little uninspired as to what video is cool enough to display on your belt, Egokast has thought of you. Along with your purchase comes a DVD full of “fragments” which you’re free to loop on the device; spinning words and swirly psychedelic graphics galore, which are sure to convince partygoers that you are indeed the coolest person there. You’re even given 6 months of free weekly fragment downloads, so your flava doesn’t get stale.

Price? $290, payable through Paypal.

[Egokast] VIA [SciFi Tech]

GP2X Opens Up A World Of Retro Gaming


By David Ponce

The PR folk at GPX2, from Gamepark Holdings, must be doing a fine job, because the interweb is ablaze with news of the gaming console. Which is somewhat strange, given that we’ve known about it for about a year.

Still, for those of you in the dark, the GPX2 is a lovely handheld gaming device that tries to stand out by being as open, and compatible as possible. This means that under the hood, you’ve got a version of the open-source Linux running, and you’re able to watch DivX movies, play music, read eBooks, but most importantly, you’ve got access to the world of Retro Game Emulation.

Yes, that’s right. With this $170 console, you can play hundreds of emulated games, widely available online. The possibilities are really endless, and there’s nothing quite so engaging as a video to convey the device’s potential. So come on in, and check out the open-source goodness.

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The iDea, An All-In-One Docking Station

iDea wireless home dock

By David Ponce

The iDea Wireless Home Dock for the iPod and PSP actually sounds like a product I’d like to own. It allows you to dock, simultaneously, any iPod, and your PSP, and an MP3 player and a Sony Walkman phone. Not only will you be able to charge your devices all at once, but you can also broadcast your multimedia throughout your home easily.

See, along with the dock, you can purchase optional wireless receivers. So, if you wanna watch what’s on the video iPod on the TV, you can. You want to listen to your music on your home stereo? No prob. Bought some UMD and you’d like to see it on a bigger screen? Ditto.

Hell, you get the idea. There’s so many features, I don’t have room to list them all, so make sure to give that site a look.

Problem is, can’t find a way to buy it, let alone how much it is. Anyone?

[Product Page] VIA [Gizmologia]

Two New TuneBuckles

tunebuckleBy David Ponce

Remember the Tunebuckle? It was a beltbuckle made for the iPod nano… Well, now the company’s come out with two new versions. One’s called the Full Moon, and as the name implies, it gives access to the nano’s clickwheel. The other’s called the Full Metal Jacket, and pretty much covers the player altogether.

Fits waist sizes 26 inches to 50 inches and costs either $70 (for the Full Moon) or $80 (for the Full Metal Jacket).

[TuneBuckle] VIA [GadgetBuzz]

Giant Nintendo DS TV Tuner

nintendo ds tv tuner

By David Ponce

If you absolutely, positively must watch TV on your Nintendo DS, then perhaps this mammoth of an accessory might be the thing for you. It’s a TV tuner for not only the DS, but the Gameboy Advance and Advance SP, and it’s coming out in the Land of the Rising Sun on April 29th for an unspecified number of yen.

The included A/V cables also allow you to use these devices to watch DVDs, or even play another console (xbox, PSwhatever, etc.) through the handheld’s screens. Why you wouldn’t just buy a small portable TV however, is beyond me.

No word on price just yet.

[Nintendo DS TV Tuner] VIA [TechEBlog]

Fisher Price’s MP3 Player For Infants

fisher price mp3 player

By David Ponce

Hook’em young, and hook’em good! Stick them kids on an MP3 player at three, and they’ll be yours for life. That’s Fisher Price’s plan at least, if you ask me. See, they’re coming out with the a digital music player aimed at, you guessed it, practically prelingual infants. The name iTod’s being tossed around, but that might be a little risky, legally. A brand extension in the Kidtronics line seems more sensible.

In any case, the set comes with volume controlled headphones and parents (or really smart infants) can download songs from an iTunes-like subscription service (see where this is going?). Since the child is not expected to be able to read, the screen will also display icons alongside the song name, like a star for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Fisher Price is not the first company to release an MP3 player for young kids. That distinction goes to the Bratz dolls, who released one aimed at six year-olds. But with a growing ?343 million children’s electronics market (in the UK alone) at stake, six year-olds are just… too old.

Expect this on shelves this summer, at least in the UK, where it will sell for ?45. Can’t see why it wouldn’t make its way over the pond quick enough, though.

[The iTod] VIA [TechEBlog]

The LYRA X3000

lyra x3000
By Tanya Palta

We somehow missed this at CES, but it’s never too late, so check out the LYRA X3000. This Personal Multimedia Recorder not only acts like a handheld TV, but also packs some PVR features, storing up to 40 feature length movies, on a 20GB hard drive.

It stores your shows in MPEG4 format, and sports a 3.6-inch TFT ultra-bright color LCD screen with 320 x 240 resolution. Now you can be couch potatoes… on the go!

The LYRA X3000 by RCA became available in January with a suggested retail price of $399. Bunch more specs after the jump.

[Thomson] VIA [GizmoNews]

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TakaraTomy Multimedia Player

Takara TOMY Nano Channel (Image courtesy Digital World Tokyo)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.)

VIA [TechEBlog]