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Olympus America introduced its W-10, a digital voice recorder with a 0.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor that captures VGA quality images, so users can reference and organize their digital voice recordings visually using pictures.
Lightweight and compact, the miniature W-10 is designed to let users make instantaneous audio/visual recordings and create "slide shows." Made for students, journalists, creative professionals, business users, general consumers and more, the W-10 digital voice recorder connects to PCs USB interface to upload and download WAV audio and JPEG image files to and from personal computers.
The Olympus W-10 features "Voice Album" software to manage voice and images, so aligning sound recordings with the right images should be fast and easy. Users have two choices: they can either capture a VGA image and then attach its corresponding voice file using "Visual Indexes" that pop up during playback. Or they can insert a WAV digital audio recording over the appropriate VGA image for reference to create a "Voice Album."
The W-10's compact dimensions combine all digital voice recorder and camera components into a small, streamlined package measuring only 4.7" x 1.16" x 0.7", and weighing only 2.4 ounces, and it's small enough to slide into a shirt pocket.
Recordings and images may be edited, moved between folders, and have additional sections inserted into them at any point via the software. The W-10 uses standard JPEG image and WAVE audio formats that may be shared over the Internet. A USB cable is provided for high-speed downloading to a PC. A special jogwheel and visual display should allow for thumb-pad navigation for greater ease of operation.
The W-10 will be available in November 2002 at a street price of approximately $99. The W-10 comes equipped with a USB cable, voice album software on CD-ROM, earphones, hand-strap, soft case and 2 AAA batteries. For more information, visit the Olympus web site at www.olympusamerica.com.
Suggested Retail Price: $119.99
Estimated Street Price: $99.99