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Only in Japan: Nikon launches geek-friendly multimedia headset

by Parm Mann on 7 October 2008, 15:55

Tags: Media Port UP, Nikon (TYO:7731)

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What do the engineers at Nikon enjoy making when they're not rolling out some of the very best cameras available? Futuristic multimedia playback headsets, apparently.

Announced today are the Tokyo-based company's Media Port UP300x and UP300 - a pair of multimedia playback headsets that provide a tad more functionality than the headphones supplied with your iPod.

The Media Port UP300x, pictured below, has a small-and-lightweight 640x480 display that provides an image "equivalent to that of viewing of a 50-inch large screen from a distance of three meters". In addition to your 50in viewing pleasure, there's built-in Wi-Fi for on-the-move web browsing, and 8GB of internal memory for storing your favourite audio and video content.

It'll playback WMV9, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 movies, as well as MP3, AAC, and WMA9 audio files. It's powered by a pair of AA batteries, and should provide around 120 minutes of video playback on a single charge.

On top of all that, you'll also find a motion sensor for basic controls such as volume adjustment at the shake of the head. So, if you're into head banging and one-eyed movie watching, this one's for you.

There's no word on pricing, but the headset will only be available in Japan - and let's face it, walking around with one of these in Birmingham town centre is just asking to be mugged.

Source: Nikon.com



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Why are Nikon making this? It's a hell of a departure from cameras.
well nikon deal with alot of optics, so it makes sense really…
an optical eye piece with some speakers and memory storage.

from wiki:
Precision equipment for the semiconductor industry, Digital imaging equipment and cameras, Microscopes, Spectacle lenses, Optical measuring and inspection instruments,

obv, most people know them from the camera world as they tend to be high end stuff…
It would make sense if it was a wireless headset for one of their imagin products, like a microscope, but it isn't it's a very odd PMP.

I still dont get it.
This would be excellent for long haul flights if they can integrate it into their systems and improve durability
This reminds me of the neurointerface gaming headset thing at Overclockers.. difference being, that used mind control to play your character whereas this just looks geeky. And I'd be tempted by the gaming thing if it didn't apparently take a couple of months to train!
Nonetheless, I want one.