At first glance I presume that Nikon’s new “Media Port UP” was some sort of specialized, head-mounted imager — yet another take on the Gargoyle media-streamer idea I’ve been dorkily looking forward to for ages. But nope: it’s a media player. (Albeit one with Wi-Fi and a built-in web browser.)
The UP has 8GB of storage built in, can play music over its headphones or display video on its mono diopter, simulating a 50-inch screen. The higher-end “UP300x” includes motion sensors which allow you to change the volume by tilting your head, which doesn’t sound the least bit annoying when listening to music. (Surely they have some lock that prevents the motion controls from whipping the music back and forth as you bop.)
Super weird. No plans for this to be released outside of Japan — and I don’t suspect that’ll break too many hearts. I just don’t understand why they couldn’t have put a camera in it.
Live from Nikon’s Press Conference: The UP300x hands-on [AkihabaraNews.com via Gizmodo]