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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 an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.