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Olympus Unveils the W-10 Voice Recorder and Digital Camera

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Olympus America Inc has introduce the W-10, a digital voice recorder with an 0.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor that captures VGA quality images, so users can reference and organize their digital voice recordings visually using pictures. The W-10 digital voice recorder connects to PCs via a high-speed USB interface so users can quickly upload and download WAV audio and JPEG image files to and from their personal computer.

The W-10’s 16MB of built-in flash memory provides up to three hours of recording time in Long Play Mode stored in two voice folders (100 messages each), and up to 250 images stored in one image folder. The Olympus W-10 features “Voice Album” software to effectively manage voice and images. 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 easy reference to create a “Voice Album.”

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.

Features and Specifications

  • Built in 16MB memory provides up to 3 hours of recording in Long Play Mode
  • Auto-Connect USB connectivity for quick and easy downloading or uploading of files
  • 0.3 Megapixel CMOS chip for visual indexing (640 x 480 resolution). Visual indexing allows you to display an image while playing audio related to that image
  • LCD panel shows recording time remaining, sound quality, folder name, and other non-image related information (LCD cannot be used to review pictures)
  • “Voice Album” Software lets you display pictures on a PC monitor; add descriptions and narration to recorded images; play back recorded images in a slide show
  • Provides two voice folders to manage your files, with each folder capable of storing up to 100 messages
  • One image folder for visual indexes, up to 250 images
  • Three voice recording modes: High Quality, Standard Play, Long Play
  • Stylish and compact design; silver and blue color
  • Thumb-Pad navigation (jog dial)
  • Recording: Wave format; Image: JPEG format
  • Voice activation
  • Alarm function

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