GREEN Portable Media Lovers Take Note: Hand-Cranked Media Players Now Shipping!
Wow, here is an electronic gadget that I would have never thought… The wind-up, portable, super duper, EMP-MX71 Eco Media Player:
This little guy has 2GB (or 1 GB, reports vary) of Ram built in and a slot for a SD card. It can play mp3, mp4, avi, wmv and mpg files. 1 minute of cranking provides 40 minutes of operational time and power (you can charge your cell phone from it)! It includes a FM Radio (able to record FM broadcasts), stereo in line jack, voice recorder, photo viewer and USB port for quick charging and transferring files.
For a “first of it’s kind”, it looks loaded and no doubt will be pretty high on the “cool meter”. It is a little pricey at $300+ U.S. dollars… the cost of a high end iPod and these just went on sale on September 10th so you can exptect a price drop in the coming months. However, if you can get your hands on one now I’m sure you’ll be the talk until the next cool thing comes along. It will be interesting to see how durable this is and if it “catches on”.
[tags] ipod, video player, portable player, mp3 player, wind up mp3, windup mp3, trevor baylis, EMP-MX71, eco media player [/tags]
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.