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Category Archives: Portable Media Players

The uLink iPond Nano Adapter/Downgrader

ulink for ipod nanoBy David Ponce

If you never warmed up to the idea of having to repurchase a whole slew of iPod accessories now that they’ve been rendered useless on the nano, perhaps there’s some hope. The uLink iPod nano adapter is a “downgrader” of sorts. I call it a that simply because it gives older generation accessorial compatibilities to the nano by plugging in to the dock connector and making it look like the top of the older iPods.

At ?10, it’s not a whole bunch of dough to spend to be able to keep and use all those accessories you already bought.

[uLink iPod nano Adapter] VIA [TechDigest]

MAX Media Player for Nintendo DS

MAX Media PlayerBy Jennifer Chappell

As if the Nintendo DS wasn’t cool enough as a gaming system, now Datel’s MAX Media Player can turn the DS into a snazzy, powerful home entertainment device, with movie playback, music on the move and a convenient picture viewer!

The Max Media Player comes with a 4GB hard drive unit that you plug into your DS?s GBA cartridge slot, cartridge for your DS?s game slot, USB cable, and the Media Manager PC application. After you insert the cartridge into your DS?s game slot and boot up the fully featured browser, you’re ready to play your MP3 audio tracks, watch videos and view your JPEGs on your DS?s screen. You’ll even be able to use the browser to activate executable programs.

The MAX Media Player for DS will be out in late March for $225.

via Code Junkies

Watch Those Crashes Up Close

NASCAR Camera

by Jake Finkelstein

Now that I’ve been living in the south for the last few years (recovering Yankee) I?ve discovered two things that you should never openly question: college basketball and NASCAR. And since I can never seem to quite grasp the fascination of watching cars drive around quickly in circles… much less in person? I find this Kangaroo device to be equally bizarre. But if NASCAR is your thing, this handheld device should warm your grease monkey heart.

The ?NASCAR Nextel Fan View? is a handheld device that operates on the 2.5Ghz frequency to give you an up close and personal view of all of the action. Offering up to seven in-car camera channels, race radio broadcasts, audio from the pit and driver, live scoring and replays, the device makes it easy to track your favorite cars and see that crash like you were in the car.

NASCAR/Nextel is offering this up for $50 per day or $70 for the weekend ? so definitely not for the light of heart (or wallet).

[Kangaroo] VIA [GadgetReview] and [MobileMag]

Will the Real iPod Video Please Stand Up?

i wish i was the video ipod
By Jake Finkelstein

File this under “PSP/UMD killer.” Thinksecret.com is reporting that Apple has plans to release a true video iPod featuring a 3.5 inch diagonal display as early as April. Getting rid of the now classic click wheel for a touch screen with a disappearing/reappearing “digital” wheel, sources indicate that the 6G iPod will not feature wireless connectivity nor make your credit card debt any less severe.

Read all about it here.
Photo care of Peter Van Dijck

iLoad A Bunch Of Crap? You Decide

By David Ponce

The company iLoad has been lambasted in the past for making products many people claim are, well, pretty crappy. What’s more, the owner, one Sanford Schupper, 56, is quite possibly a fraudster who allegedly swindled some family for as much as $872,000. For more on this hilarity, read this.

The point is, this guy made a little gadget called the iLoad, whose only point was to rip CDs directly to an iPod. And now, he’s released the iLoad-v which (you guessed it), loads videos directly to your video iPod. The $150 device

connects to your cable TV or catellite (sic) box and records your content onto an iPod and/or external USB drive or flash disk

Seeing as this is coming from a company owned by what seems to be a very strange individual, I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t just get an equally priced Neuros MPEG4 Recorder 2 instead.

[iLoad-v] VIA [Gadget Review]

China’s IWOD G10, An MP3 Player With NES Emulator

iwod g10 nes emulatorBy David Ponce

You can alway count on China to manufacture gadgets that will likely never see our shores for a variety of reasons, most of them legal in nature. In this instance, you have the IWod G10 (not to be confused with the iRiver G10), with a kick-ass feature: a built-in NES emulator. That’s right, not only will you be able to listen to MP3, WMA, FLAC files, or watch MPEG-4 video on its 2.5? LTPS 16 million color LCD screen (at a resolution of 882 x 228), but you can do so while playing Tetris, or Mario Bros. or any other old-school NES game. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out how to get these.

That said, the device’s lithium battery is said to last 10 hours on video and 30 on audio. It has an on-board memory of 256MB, which is expandable up to 1GB via SD. And it seems to cost around $150.

[Product Page] VIA [The MP3 Players]

Axion’s AXN-6075, A Waterproof Portable DVD Player

axion axn-6075 portable dvd playerBy David Ponce

Well, here’s a relatively nice widescreen portable DVD player, with an added twist: it’s waterproof. Bring it with you in the shower, the jacuzzi, the pool, whatever. There’s even some built-in anti-shock components to help it survive all the inevitable bump’n grind.

The 16:9 aspect ratio screen clocks in at a respectable 7 inches, and supports DVD, CD, MP3, Picture CD and VCD formats.

It’ll be about $200 sometime in Q2, 2006.

[Axion's Website]

Boarding With Bluetooth

By Scott Hirschheimer

Burton Winter JacketSnowboarding can now be done with the use of Bluetooth technology. Motorola and Burton have come together to create the very first Bluetooth winter jacket, the Audex Jacket series.

Listening to music and talking on your cell phone is now possible while snowboarding and skiing. Featured on the Burton Jacket is integrated Bluetooth technology for phones and wires to hook up your iPod. All of these features are controlled by the control panel located on your left sleeve of the jacket. In the hood of the jacket are speakers and a microphone.

This product seems very cool and could make a big splash in the snowboard and ski market. After going snowboarding for the first time, I wouldn’t recommend listening to music or talking on the phone until you are somewhat good. It is hard enough to stay upright in the first place without having a conversation or music blasting in your ears.

The Burton Snow Jacket will retail for around $599.95, which seems reasonable for a Burton Snow jacket with all these features.

For more info on the Audex Jacket series, click here.

For more info on Bluetooth technology, visit BlueTomorrow.com, the comprehensive guide to Bluetooth technology

The V@mp VP325

By David Ponce

The Holidays are coming. You know that, right?

Now, I’m sure that if you think hard enough, you’ll realize you’ve got some kid in your life who’s constantly lusting after all your gadgets. He plays with them, presses all the buttons, while you hold your breath and smile politely. Now, you could buy that kid some phony Fisher Price piece of crap simili-gadget. But kids are smart, man. They’ll see right through it. So, be nice, and shell out a very reasonable $50 to purchase this: the V@mp 256MB MP3 Player.

For that amount, you’re getting a truckload of features:
• 256mb flash memory
• MP3/WMA/OGG playback
• Game Function
• JPEG Picture Display
• 1.9-inch CSTN color LCD
• Text to Speech 2.0
• Line-in MP3 Encoding
• FM Radio Tuner
• Voice Recording
• Phone Book Function
• Text View Function
• Stop Watch Function
• Calculator Function
• Built-in rechargeable battery, up to 15 hours playback
• SRS WOW sound effect
• USB Flash Drive
• Includes protective case

With that, he’ll be the coolest nine year old in class, and he’ll adore you forever. Or, maybe he’ll curse you and kick you in the shin for not buying him a nano instead. Who knows with kids these days.

Check out the product page. And, a place to buy it. Story VIA DAPreview.