Voice Recorder

Keep your voice in a pot, pour it out when you're done

There are some big booths on display on the floor of the trade show at this year's SXSW festival, but in a quiet (relatively speaking, of course) corner of the show there are two graduate students from Japan showing off a sweet little piece of technology. Called Otopot, the device lets you store and then pour away your voice like water.Read More

Mobile Technology

Apple's iPod nano 5G gets a camera

Apple added a number of updates to various iPod models at its Rock and Roll event. The iPod that sported the most obvious changes was undoubtedly the nano, which now includes a built-in video camera, a much anticipated FM radio, and built-in pedometer. The new 5G nano also features a slightly (0.2-inches) larger 2.2-inch display, and built-in microphone and speaker, which means watching those newly recorded videos need not be a solitary affair.Read More

Spy Gear

MP4 Watch records and displays video – and tells time!

Watching the clock gets a whole new meaning with Thanko’s MP4 Watch. Seemingly straight out of Q’s arsenal the watch that features a full color 1.8-inch LCD screen as well as a voice recorder and tiny camera that can record video at 352 x 288 resolution and take photos at 640 x 480 resolution – perfect for any aspiring James Bond wannabes. Read More


ProTrack+iPod = handheld digital stereo recorder

Professional audio equipment and studio electronics manufacturer Alesis has announced the forthcoming release of the ProTrack, a handheld digital stereo recorder for iPods. The ProTrack provides direct-to-iPod stereo digital recording to iPod in a portable, handheld form factor. The ProTrack’s design integrates an iPod (Classic or 5th Generation), or iPod nano (2nd or 3rd Generation) into the recorder, with included sleds to securely mount the supported iPod models to the recorder.Read More

Good Thinking

Philips Digital Pocket Memo 9600 heralds a new era in productivity

March 2, 2007 To say that the Digital Pocket Memo 9600 is an important new tool for business professionals is an understatement. Even to state that the new 9600 represents the next generation of digital dictation technology is underplaying its importance way too much. Until now, dictation has been a largely under-utilised tool because for it to be used in an office environment, a dictation system and a secretary are required, and only the legal system has ever been organised enough to effectively employ dictation as an industry-wide productivity tool. With the new functionality of the Philips Digital Pocket Memo 9600, the device provides a ready-made system which can easily incorporate a dictation system into any office. Couple the 9600 with one of the new LAN Docking Station and it will transfer dictations through your LAN (local area network) to a transcriptionist or a speech recognition system without connecting to a PC. Encryption ensures that dictations are sent securely through the company network or the Internet, regardless of whether the destination is next door or on the other side of the world. There’s also a Barcode Module which snaps onto the 9600 - a highly compact laser scanner that retrieves important patient or client information by scanning the barcode. The scanned information is securely attached to the dictation, saving time and minimizing the risk of errors. The Barcode Module can also be used as a USB scanner device, directly transferring the barcode information to a PC. That’s the system – as far as the 9600 itself, well that is just a straightforward better mousetrap than has previously existed. Read More

Mobile Technology

EDIROL R-09 WAVE/MP3 stereo recorder

January 30, 2006 With podcasting emerging onto the media landscape with so much promise of recent times, new tools for the phenomenon are emerging at a rapid rate. Software tools such as PhoneValet Podcast have simplified the process and now professional hand-held audio recording has a new poster child too – the EDIROL R-09. The unit is absolutely tailor-made for creating podcast fodder, not to mention enabling broadcasters and journalists to trash their antiquated cassette recorders and the ability to record live music events, recitals, rehearsals, samples out of the studio … it’s one of those devices that enables new methodologies by being freely available and afforable. The ultra-small recorder has a built-in, high-quality, stereo microphone, time-stamp capability, and captures sound at a crystal-clean uncompressed 24-bit resolution with your choice of 44.1 or 48kHz sample rates. It’ll also record and play back in MP3 format (up to 320kbps) and can be monitored through headphones or exported to a computer via USB. Expect the R-09 in Q2 for around US400-$450.Read More

Mobile Technology

Olympus unveils new Voice-Trek V-40 and V-50 Voice recorders

October 17, 2005 Olympus is to release a pair of handheld voice recorders later this month that are likely to become hot property for journalists, in legal offices and in other professional roles where voice recording and transcription are the primary focus. The great thing about the new Voice-Treks is that the unit clips apart exposing a USB connection that is supported under the USB Storage class so transferring files doesn’t require drivers for Mac or Windows. Both can play WMA and MP3 files and the larger unit will record 36 hours at the highest quality setting, making it an ideal voice recording tool – one AAA battery offers 11 hours of recording.Read More


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