In the old adage of, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” it looks like there will be others looking to try to create similar offerings to the insanely popular Video iPod from Apple. While this press release offers no pictures, I am intrigued by the unit having an interface for flash memory cards. Update: The company sent me a picture. We’ll keep an eye on this device, and test it when available.
The PlayO Pocket Theater’s large capacity 40GB hard disk drive and built-in 11-in-1 flash card reader enable a digital photographer to take numerous pictures without worrying running out of space on their memory cards. Up to 10,000 songs or 20,000 photos from a 3 megapixel camera can be stored, and transferring a file from the HDD onto a computer or another flash memory card is made possible simply by copying and pasting.
Stored images and videos may be displayed either on the device itself, using the 2.5” high resolution TFT LCD display, or on a television using the analog AV-out composite RCA jack. What’s more, the device comes with a remote control so users can even operate the PlayO Pocket Theater from the comfort of a couch. This is ideal for those users who want to store photos to be shared with family and friends while away from home.
It will be nice to see some innovation in this area from companies other than Apple, as well as some competition to push prices down!
You can read the full press release here.
This would be a great gadget to take along with me for a car show so I can take pictures until my heart’s content. IMPO, great improvement in functionality over ipod video especially for us photographers.