Sony has unwrapped its latest portable entertainment device, the mylo, designed for people who use instant messaging as a primary form of communication and networking for their social life.
The pocket-sized device features a 2.4-inch colour LCD with a slide out QWERTY keyboard and is available in black or white. The mylo, which stands for My Life Online, comes embedded with popular instant messaging services such as Google Talk, Skype and Yahoo! Messenger.
The product includes JiWire's hotspot directory, listing more than 20,000 Wi-Fi networks in the US.
The device packs 1Gb of flash memory and supports the playback of MP3, ATRAC or WMA files. It has a built-in speaker and allows you to view MPEG-4 personal videos by transferring files via USB cable or with Memory Stick Duo media.
Without a wireless network, the mylo personal communicator detects when it comes into the presence of other mylo units.
Sony claims the device uses a lithium-ion battery that offers up to 45 hours of music playback, around seven hours of chatting and web surfing and more than three hours of continuous Skype talk time. It comes with a microphone, stereo headphones, a USB cable and a neoprene case.
The mylo personal communicator will be available in September for about $350 online at www.sonystyle.com.
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