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J@pan Inc Magazine Presents:
G A D G E T W A T C H
The Hottest Gadgets and Gizmos from Japan
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Issue No. 100
Thursday, May 8, 2003

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Name: Sonic Blue Rio SU30
Category: Portable Audio
Price: (128MB model 21,800 yen; 256MB model 29,800 yen)
Release date in Japan: end May 2003

The Gist: Sonic Blue has announced a new line of its Rio series of
portable MP3 players. At an incredibly measly 37g, they池e the
lightest in the range, but the real selling point here is that they池e
also voice recorders. Double your money! As a replacement for your
aging CD Walkman, the SU30 can handle both WMA and MP3-format files,
and you should get 14 hours of continuous playback before the
rechargeable lithium polymer battery gives up the ghost. There痴 also
a built-in World Band FM radio, meaning you can pick up radio stations
from outside of Japan. You can also hook this up to your PC or Mac via
a USB connection.

As a voice recorder, the 128MB model can record for up to nine hours,
and the larger 256MB version can record for up to 18. The more fashion
conscious of our readers will be delighted to hear that the new
players come in silver, silver/purple and silver/titanium gold
finishes, whatever the hell that last one is.

More info:
http://www.sonicblue.co.jp/company/pressrelease/2003/004_RioSU30_re.html

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Name: Sharp Aquos
Category: AV
Price: 175,000 yen
Release date in Japan: May 1, 2003

The Gist: This week痴 Mind-blowing Gadgetry Award simply has to go to
Sharp for its mobile Aquos TV. Far sexier than its dullard LC-15L1
moniker would have you believe, the new 15-inch LCD TV boasts all the
loveliness of its wire-bound Aquos brethren but operates on a 2.4GHz
wireless system and, thanks to its internal, rechargeable lithium ion
battery and integral receiver, can be taken absolutely anywhere you
like without trailing a mess of wires behind you. The display uses the
IEEE 802.11b wireless protocol and knocks out a VGA (640x480 dot)
image, running for three of your earth hours before the next charge ・
which only takes five more.

The TFT panel has a contrast ratio of 500:1, brightness of 450cd/m2
and is viewable through 170 degrees in any plane. It has a built-in BS
tuner (satellite, not bull shit), a remote control that very neatly
clips onto the backside of the machine when not in use, and it all
weighs just 6.2kg.

More info: http://www.sharp.co.jp/corporate/news/030418-1.html

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Name: IO DVR-ABN4
Category: PC peripherals
Price: (DVR-ABN4 32,000 yen/ DVRP-iUP 42,000 yen)
Release date in Japan: end April 2003

The Gist: The DVR-ABN4 is an external, portable DVD+RW/DVD-RW, and, if
you're into this kind of thing, that's about all you need to know
before you'll want to rush down to the store and check it out. Make
your own rewriteable DVDs ・ doesn稚 get much cooler than that. The
Atapi drive works with Windows Me, 2000 or XP and writes DVD-R and
DVD+R discs at 4x speed, DVD-RWs at 2x speed, and DVD+RW discs at 2.4x
speed. It'll also write to CD-Rs at 16x normal speed and CD-RWs at 10.
It comes with all the authoring software you need and, despite being
an ugly little beige box, will make you a Gadget God with the guys in
your IT department.

More info: http://www.iodata.co.jp/news/200304/dvr-abn4.htm

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Written by: Max Everingham (max@everingham.net)
Edited by: J@pan Inc editors (editors@japaninc.com)

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