[AI] Enter, button-less MP3 player

Vikas Kapoor dl.vikas at gmail.com
Sun Mar 9 04:25:06 EDT 2008


Enter, button-less MP3 player 

Anand Parthasarathy 

Looks like a futuristic piece of drawing room decor; control depends on the direction of push 

Techno chameleon: The Aigo Omnisphere MP3 player has no buttons and changes colour with volume and beat. 

Bangalore: You can no longer tell an MP3 device by just looking at it. These iconic music players come disguised as artifacts, table lamps - anything except
a boring piece of technology. 

Aigo's Omnisphere F 529, a made-in-China offering that has just come to India, looks like a futuristic piece of drawing room decor. a smooth and glowing
cone whose see-through head dances with colour with every change in volume and tempo of the music it belts out. 

Colours galore 

They claim 4096 colour combinations - but we did not count! Clearly aimed at the average untechnical dummies among us, it has no buttons: the top of the
cone can be swivelled - and acts as the play-select-stop control depending on the direction you push. 

Its shape makes its sound omni directional and the 5 Watts it produces is rich and clear. The built-in 1 gigabyte of storage is good for about 500 songs
but at a pinch can be used as simple storage for files, videos or whatever: a USB-type slot tucked away in the base, allows you to link to other devices
such as a PC or music system to exchange files, while a memory card slot allows you to extend the built-in storage by a GB or two. 

Distributed in India by BridgeOne Technologies, the Omnisphere costs Rs.5,200 and if you like a music player that will instantly become the first talking
point of every guest coming home, this might be something for you. 

http://www.thehindu.com/2008/03/09/stories/2008030955061100.htm

Vikas Kapoor,
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