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Sony Debuts Rolly MP3 Player
Last month a rumor got around that Sony was prepping another attempt at regaining some market share in the mp3 player market. According to the early leaks the device would use physical movement as its interface and would be shaped like an egg.
Today Sony gave the world the first clear look at the device, which, as the early leaks suggested, is named the 'Rolly.' It is indeed egg shaped, and in relation to the hands in the various pictures, is quite a bit larger than we would have guessed.
The Rolly is equipped with motion sensing capabilities that allow various aspects of its music playback to be controlled by physically moving the device. Volume can be adjusted by turning the Rolly clockwise or counter-clockwise while holding it in hand. Track selection can be accomplished by rolling it back and forth on a surface, and shuffle mode is adopted by shaking the Rolly. Because the device has no screen of any sort, its status and activity will be denoted by the changing colors of the two lighted rings.
At each end of its egg-like body the Rolly sports a 20-mm, 1.2-Watt neodymium magnet driven speaker. Each driver is capped by a protector that flips out when the speakers are in use and can apparently rotate to better project sound in a particular direction. From what we can make of the machine translation of a Japanese product page, the Rolly doesn't have a headphone jack and instead makes use of Bluetooth for sending tunes to headphones.
Just 1-GB of storage space is packed into the Rolly, which is disappointingly low. It is, however, apparently capable of streaming, via Bluetooth, a music collection stored on a PC. Supported music formats will include ATRAC, MP3, and AAC. Battery life is rated at 5-hours, or 4 when Bluetooth and motion sensing are at work.
Sony will include "Motion Editor" software that will allow owners to program particular gestures into the Rolly, apparently to set customized commands or the moves to user-created dances. Though we're unclear on exactly how the Rolly will encourage users to follow particular dance moves, it seems as though choreographed Rolly dances will be sharable among users and this capability marketed as the Rolly's primary feature.
Sony will sell the Rolly in Japan beginning on September 29 for 39,800-Yen, which is around $350-US. No official word has been given as to when a release in other regoins will happen, but i would assume it wont be long after.
so what do you guys think
personally i find the 1GB a bit off a pi** take to be honest, but hey, thats just my opinion
Re: Sony Rolly
$ony... what and unbeilevable waste of money, i can safely say this will fail, what a stupid idea, no one wants to be sittin on the bus or train on the way to school or work or whatever, and have to wave there arms around franticly to just change song or adjust volume, totaly impractical, this will never, repeat never, catch on.
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