J@pan Inc Magazine Presents:
G A D G E T W A T C H
The Hottest Gadgets and Gizmos from Japan
Issue No. 140
Friday, April 16, 2004
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Name: Pioneer SE-CS25
Price: 2,300 yen
Release date in Japan: May 10, 2004
The Gist: Owners of massively oversized (or incredibly tiny) ear holes
rejoice! For Pioneer's new SE-CS25 babies are the world's first in-ear
headphones that allow you to change the size of the bud/chip/pokey bit
that sticks in your ears. Hurrah! Aimed at 20- and 30-something men
and women -- the fussy type, presumably, who like a nice, tight fit
with their gadgets -- the SE-CS25s come in silver, black or gold, with
a frequency response of 18Hz to 22kHz and impedance of 16 ohms.
So get your ears measured by your friendly local tailor, ENT
professional or whoever it is who measures ears, and you're all set to
move among the throbbing masses with confidence, in the knowledge that
your music-provisioning ear buds are completely secure.
More info: http://www.pioneer.co.jp/topec/
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Name: Evergreen EG-D700
Price: Open (but approx. 40,000 yen)
Release date in Japan: End April 2004
The Gist: The EG-D700 is a portable DVD player with a 7-inch
widescreen TFT display. The battery will last for three hours
(finally! Enough time to actually watch an entire movie!), and the
machine will happily play back DVDs (natch), SVCDs, music CDs, video
CDs (?) and CD-R/RW discs. It's also compatible with MP3, WMA and MPEG
1 and 2 files recorded onto discs. Connections round the back include
S-video, composite, digital and analog audio and a headphone socket,
plus there's a remote control for when you're just too lazy to reach
across the chasm-like centimeters to push the buttons on the player.
Unusually for a portable DVD player -- and a very welcome change --
the EG-D700 is finished in a smart, matte black. And, important for
portable devices, the dimensions are 190x143x26.5mm, and it weighs
More info: http://www.everg.co.jp/
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Name: NHJ VTV-101
Category: James Bond's Q dept.
Price: Open (but approx. 19,800 yen)
Release date in Japan: early May 2004
The Gist: Well, we've all apparently lived long enough to see a gadget
fan's dream come true. James Bond now has nothing on us, chaps,
because NHJ has just produced a TV in a watch! At last!
The VTV-101 has a 280x220-dot, 1.5-inch TFT screen, with dimensions of
45.7x18.2x49.4mm, just in case you're worried about it fitting your
girl-like wrists. The reflective TN LCD also shows the time, channel,
battery power remaining and volume level in the upper corner of the
display. The earphone cord acts as the antenna for the television, and
there's an earphone socket so you don't disturb too many people on the
train. Power is supplied by an internal, rechargeable polymer battery
and lasts for about an hour (boo!), although you can attach an
external power unit that takes alkaline batteries and will provide a
further two hours of viewing.
Being able to catch some TV on the go is an attractive prospect, but,
obviously, that's nothing compared with the clear babe-magnet
qualities of simply possessing the watch in the first place. Women
will flock to us wearing this, fellas, trust me.
More info: http://www.nhjapan.co.jp/prod/vtv101
Subscribers: 5,496 as of April 16, 2004
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