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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. 114

Thursday, September 11, 2003
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The Nokia 6650 phone supports both WCDMA and GSM (900/1800MHz),
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Name: Sony DCR-IP1K
Category: Digital camcorder
Price: 160,000 yen
Release date in Japan: October 18, 2003

The Gist: The DCR-IP1K from Sony is the world's smallest and lightest
MICROMV camcorder. And the MICROMV tape is, yes, you guessed it, the
smallest camcorder tape in the world. With dimensions of 39x69x91mm
and weighing just 230g, it makes the DCR-IP1K a considerable 26
percent lighter and 30 percent smaller than the now fatty (or, in PC
terms, both vertically and horizontally challenged) DCR-IP7 model, so
the IP7's catwalk days are definitely over. For the gamblers amongst
you, Sony helpfully informs us that the DCR-IP1K is almost exactly
the same size as a regular playing card. They're calling it a "rump
size" camera.

The one-fifth inch CCD produces 1,070,000-pixel images, which boils
down to 690,000-pixel moving images or 1 million-pixel still pictures
in real life. The lens is one of those fancy Carl Zeiss efforts, with
a 10-times optical zoom allowing 35mm camera f-stop equivalents of
F1.8 to 2.3. There's also a Memory Stick Duo slot for recording still
images (up to 1,152x864 dots) or brief MPEG-1 movies. Connection
options include Composite, S-Video and USB/i.LINK. An NP-FF51 lithium
ion battery is included in the pack.

More info: http://www.sony.jp/CorporateCruise/Press/200309/03-0903/

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Name: Audio Technica AT-DSP300
Category: AV
Price: Open (but approximately 25,000 yen)
Release date in Japan: September 21, 2003

The Gist: The extremely chic AT-DSP300 package comprises 2-channel,
"wine-glass" style stereo speakers with a digital amp. The 28mm
full-range wine-glass speakers house a "reflector" located on the
upper half of the units and angled at 45 degrees, which is apparently
designed to throw the reproduced sound forward into your face. Or
something. Oh, and the reflector is all purty and illuminated. The
AT-DSP300 set comes in black or white finishes; your choice dictates
which fancy fluorescent illumination you get (green for the
white-finish speakers, electric blue for the black ones). On the more
technical side, the speakers have an impedance of four ohms, the
digital amp has an output of 1,100mW out of two channels, and there
are adjustment dials for both the volume (wow!) and the illumination
function (whatever). They do look extremely cool, however, and
wouldn't look out of place in your designer bachelor pad.

More info: http://www.audio-technica.co.jp/

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Name: Bandai "8" Portable Record Player
Category: AV
Price: 29,800 yen
Release date in Japan: January 2004

The Gist: Definitely one for the beardies who rue the demise of the
vinyl record and/or the more fanatical factions of Ultraman
aficionados, the "8" Portable Record Player from Bandai plays, rather
unsurprisingly, retro Bandai tunes from classic cartoon shows off
special 8cm records. The little discs have up to four minutes of
recordings on them -- like an olde worlde 45 single. Except that the
player spins them at 33rpm. The dedicated portable player, sold
separately, has a mono speaker, an interchangeable sapphire stylus and
dimensions of 160x140x70mm. The wee records are expected to retail for
350 yen a pop. I'd just like to add that the retro disc player is a
fantastically solid-looking, quality piece of kit. That's what I'd
like to add, but unfortunately it's no more true than me saying I had
a date with Salma Hayek last night.

More info: http://www.bandai.co.jp/releases/J2003090101.html

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Date: Thursday, Sept 18
Time: 6:30 Doors open, sit down dinner included
Cost: 3,000 yen (members), 5,500 yen (non-members)
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http://www.fccj.or.jp/static/aboutus/map.php
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Written by: Max Everingham (max@everingham.net)
Edited by: J@pan Inc editors (editors@japaninc.com)

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