SIRIUS Wearable Satellite Radio with MP3 announced
By Mike Hanlon
August 24, 2005
August 25, 2005 SIRIUS Satellite Radio has announced the debut of its first wearable satellite radio, the SIRIUS S50, which allows users to capture and store up to 50 hours of SIRIUS content, or a mix of SIRIUS programming and MP3/WMA files, enabling listening on the go. The SIRIUS S50 measures a diminutive 48 x 99 x 12 mm (1.9 x 3.9 x 0.7 inches), and includes a full colour display, sleek black exterior and voice-assisted channel navigation. When attached to a home dock, car dock or executive docking station, the SIRIUS S50 provides easy access to live content, and captures and stores both scheduled and unscheduled SIRIUS programming. This feature allows users to listen to SIRIUS' unique programming anywhere.The SIRIUS S50 is scheduled to be available at retail in October for a suggested retail price of US$359.99.
- The SIRIUS S50 stores content in a variety of formats for listening on the go, including "My SIRIUS Channels," "My SIRIUS Songs," "Scheduled Record," and "My Playlists."
The "My SIRIUS Channels" feature automatically gathers and refreshes sets of programming from the user's three most-listened-to channels.
The "My SIRIUS Songs" feature allows the user to save favorite songs or talk shows with the press of a button.
The "Scheduled Record" feature allows the user to set the radio to capture favorite shows on a one time or recurring basis.
The "My Playlists" feature allows users to supplement SIRIUS content with their own MP3/WMA library when attached through the home dock to a PC. The PC application also allows users to synch channel and image updates automatically through SIRIUS' website.
The car and home kits utilise a rotary "SIRIUS Media Dial," which provides quick and easy access to content. Listeners can turn the knob to find their favorite SIRIUS channel, tilt to pause, rewind, fast-forward or save a favorite song or show. In addition, voice-assisted navigation tells the user what channel they've selected, eliminating the need for the user to take their eyes off the road while driving. The radio also includes 30 channel presets; a jump button for one-touch tuning to traffic and weather reports or to a favorite SIRIUS channel; a sports ticker that flashes personalized sports scores; and a "Game Alert" feature which prompts when the user's favorite NFL, NHL, NBA, or other sports teams are playing on SIRIUS.
The SIRIUS S50 will be available for a suggested retail price of US$359.99, and includes wearable accessories (6-hour rechargeable battery, ear buds, belt clip, armband, USB cable and AC adapter) and a car dock, which includes an adhesive mount, custom cigarette lighter power adapter, a remote control, ultra-low profile antenna, DC input and line output. A home dock, which includes audio mixing for PC sound pass-through, and connects to speakers and PCs, a remote control, home antenna, USB cable, audio cable and power supply will be available for MSRP US$99.99. A desk or wall mountable executive system, including high fidelity speakers, will also be available. Replaceable batteries will be sold separately.
Additional information about the SIRIUS S50 will be available on the SIRIUS website in mid-September.