Adding new functionality to handheld devices while reducing the profile, Sony Electronics today unveiled the CLIÉ PEG-T415 handheld, which features a slim design with an aluminum case and an enhanced infrared port for controlling audio/video equipment.
Sony also announced an optional Memory Stick® camera module (model PEGA-MSC1) that enables consumers to shoot and view digital photos directly from the new CLIÉ T415 handheld, as well as the currently available N760C and N610C CLIÉ handhelds.
“Utilizing the Palm OS, CLIÉ handhelds have always been about fun and entertainment, and the new CLIÉ T415 model takes that sentiment to another level, ” said Russell Paik, vice president for handheld marketing at Sony Electronics’ Information Technology Products Division. “By enabling the device to act as a remote controller, the CLIÉ T415 handheld is now the link to one’s household entertainment.”
The new CLIÉ handheld will retail for about $300, and the PEGA-MSC1 camera module for around $150. Both devices, expected to be available at retailers nationwide in November, can be pre-ordered online beginning today at www.sonystyle.com/clie. Product specifications can be found at www.sony.com/clie.
Measuring a mere 0.39 inches thin, the CLIÉ PEG-T415 model has the slimmest silhouette in the industry, while retaining key features found throughout the CLIÉ handheld line-up, such as the Jog Dial™ navigator with Back button and the Memory Stick® media slot. The CLIÉ T415 handheld features a high-resolution (320 x 320 pixels) monochrome display, ideal for viewing detailed images and crisp system fonts.
For users looking to view and edit text and spreadsheet documents directly on the handheld, the CLIÉ T415 model comes bundled with Documents To Go® 4.0 Standard Edition by DataViz, Inc.
CLIÉ PEG-T415 Handheld: In Control
Creating a link between handheld and household entertainment, Sony’s enhanced infrared port, in concert with the newly bundled CLIÉ Remote Commander (v. 1.0) application, transforms the new CLIÉ handheld into a universal remote controller. Capable of commanding system settings on most DVD players, TVs, VCRs and AV receivers-all from a distance up to 15 feet-the new CLIÉ T415 model eliminates the need for multiple remote controllers.
To minimize the headaches associated with programming a universal remote controller, the new CLIÉ Remote Commander application has preset programs for DVD players, TVs, VCRs and AV receivers from most manufacturers currently available in retail stores.
Users can now choose how they wish to be reminded of a scheduled event or task. The CLIÉ T415 model also features a built-in speaker and the new Sound Generator feature that enable users to use preset system sounds or create their own with MIDI and WAV files converted on their PC with the bundled Sound Converter (v. 1.0) application. The enhanced sound also intensifies the handheld gaming experience with richer, more engaging sound effects on supported applications.
PEGA-MSC1 Memory Stick Camera Module: Capture the World With the Wave Of A Hand
Putting a face to a name in the address book is now easier with the new PEGA-MSC1 digital camera module, which enables the CLIÉ T415, N760C and N610C handhelds to take digital photos by inserting the module into the devices’ Memory Stick® media slot. The new digital camera module can also be used with any CLIÉ N710C handheld that has been upgraded to Palm OS® 4.1 through Sony’s authorized OS upgrade program.
“Part of the CLIÉ handheld’s appeal is that it enables users to relive their memories-whether they be through music or digital photos,” Paik said. “In creating the new digital camera module, we wanted customers to not only relive those memories but also to create new ones.” Images taken with the camera module are automatically saved to the CLIÉ handheld’s onboard memory, where they can be viewed with the supplied PictureGear™ Pocket application. To preserve memory for new photos and information management applications, images can be archived on a Memory Stick card or PC. Users can select between 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 pixel effective resolution images, the perfect size for e-mailing or Web posting.
PEGA-SA10 Audio Adapter: Musical Inspiration
Users can travel to the tune of digital audio files by connecting the optional PEGA-SA10 Audio Adapter to the serial port located at the base of the T415 handheld model. The module reads MP3 audio files stored on Memory Stick media (sold separately) and also supports stereo sound on gMovie™ application video clips. The CLIÉ SA10 handheld accessory comes supplied with headphones and an installation CD-ROM with supporting applications.
Key Product Specifications
(CLIÉ PEG-T415 model)
Palm OS® software version 4.1
Motorola® Dragonball VZ 33MHz processor
Jog Dial™ navigator with “Back” button
Memory: 8MB (7MB available) (DRAM) / 4MB (Flash)
Interface: USB (Cradle) / Infrared Port / Memory Stick® expansion slot
Display: High resolution (320 x 320 pixels) backlit EL display (monochrome)*
Power: Lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery (internal)
Dimensions: 4.65 (L) x 2.88 (W) x 0.39 (H) inches
Lightweight: approximately 4.3 oz. (including stylus)