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Aigo’s F209 MP3 / video playing wristwatch

Incase you don’t already own one of the bajillion DAPs on the market, orif your cellphone doesn’t sport some sort of musical playback function,Aigo figures it could interest you in wrapping those capabilitiesaround your wrist. Clearly another example of consolidation inaction, this watch / DAP / movie viewer is yet another Chineseall-in-one-style gadget that probably doesn’t perform exceptionallywell at any of its claimed tasks. Although the F209 sports a relativelyunfashionable black plastic band, and a color scheme on the faceplatereminiscent of the early 90s, it manages to include a very respectable160 x 128 resolution OLED display for viewing MPEG-4, XviD, and AVImovie clips. When not watching a flick or determining just how lateyou’re running for that ever-important meeting, there’s always thebuilt-in MP3 / WMA / WMA-DRM player to pass the time (ahem). Two modelswill reportedly be available, with the only difference being theinternal storage space (512MB or 1GB), and both will rock a headphonejack, playback controls, and a mini-USB port for PC-to-watch transfers.While the design of this timepiece isn’tlikely to attract any new friends, it appears to be a fairly decent wayto carry a few tunes / video clips without adding even more weight toyour knapsack — but with prices ranging from 799 CNY ($100) for the512MB model to 1,099 CNY ($125) for the 1GB version, thisless-than-stylish wristwatch conglomerate may not be worth your time (nor money).



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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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