J@pan Inc Magazine Presents:
The Hottest Gadgets and Gizmos from Japan

Issue No. 83
Friday, November 29, 2002

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Name: Sharp DV-SR200
Category: AV
Price: Open (but approx 75,000 yen)
Release date in Japan: early December

The Gist: Sharp is at it again this week. It just can't seem to help
knocking out DVD recorders. The DV-SR200 is a PC card slot DVD
recorder capable of handling both DVD-RW and DVD-R media. It will
record for an hour in the highest quality fine mode and up to six
hours at the lowest quality. The progressive scan DVD player will,
naturally, also handle regular music CDs, CD-R, CD-RW and video CDs. A
nice touch is that the VR (video recording) function is compatible
with G-code, so all you need to do is enter the G-code number and any
thoughts of programming hell are history.

The PC card slot means that users can play back JPEG images from their
digital cameras and whatever else on the TV, but it's also possible to
record from the media in the slot to CD-RW to make some more
permanent, hard copies. There's also a DV terminal on the machine, so
if you have one of those cute little miniDV camcorders, the DV-SR200
suddenly provides you with a neat way of laying your footage down onto
discs and delighting the whole family with pictures of little Johnny's
first steps or some other such momentous event -- that's the Christmas
present list sorted, then.

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Name: Marubeni Infotech MP-F70
Category: Portable Audio
Price: Open

The Gist: Marubeni's new MP-F70 is a portable audio player that can
handle bit rates of 320kbps and comes with a backlit LCD display.
There's a USB interface for downloading from a PC (there's no mention
of compatibility with a Mac, sadly, although Macs are pretty smart and
will probably handle it fine given the USB connection) and a slot for
a MultiMedia or SD Card. One very attractive feature is that the
firmware can be updated in the future to make permanent upgrades to
the functionality. The MP-F70 only weighs 41g, and we're told, the
tiny single battery should be good for up to 50 hours.

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Name: Quest iPod Dock
Category: Portable audio
Price: Open (but approx 8,500 yen)
Release date in Japan: end December

The Gist: The Quest iPod Dock is a docking station for use with the
amazingly popular Apple iPod portable audio player. It facilitates the
transfer of music files, recharges the iPod battery while it's docked
and has external speakers. The dock is compatible with Apple's latest
10 and 20 Gb players and is an update to the previous iPod dock, which
was intended for the 5 and 10 Gb iPod models. And yes, before any
style gurus start to fret, of course it's the same color as the
player. You can relax now. There's a stereo mini plug in the bottom of
the cradle as well as a Firewire port and, says Quest, this makes the
connection between your iPod and Mac (or PC) as straightforward as
possible. Funny that -- I thought it was pretty simple already, but I
guess it can never be easy enough.

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