Casio has developed a range of watches that would make James Bond green with envy.
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the company is showing off two world firsts - a watch that stores MP3 music files and another that sports an integrated digital camera.
The must-have of the duo will surely be the WMP-1V Wrist Audio Player which resembles a diving watch but can store 60 minutes of FM-quality MP3 music. The watch comes with mini-earphones so you can listen to your favourite tracks on the move.
The device offers up to four hours of continuous play time and supports commercially available MP3 software that enables you to create MP3 files of your CDs or music downloaded from the Web. Casio claimed that a four minute MP3 track takes around 70 seconds to download.
The watch, which is water resistant, will be available in the spring priced at $249.
The Wrist Watch Camera weighs only 32 grammes yet can capture images and record them on the move.
The display features a 120 x 120-dot STN LCD screen and is capable of displaying monochrome images of 16 greyscales. The monitor can be used as a viewfinder when recording images and also as a playback screen.
Each watch has 1Mb of built-in memory which can store 100 images. Consumers can view images instantly and delete unwanted ones. An auto date stamp feature automatically records the date and time along with the image.
An infra-red link enables consumers to exchange image data with a PC that has separate software applications and infra-red installed.
The camera watch automatically turns itself off whenever it detects that it is not being worn on the wrist.
Price and availability has yet to be released.
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