Griffin iTalk and iSightLight

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    Griffin Technology has posted pages for two new upcoming products:

    iTalk
    iPod Voice Recorder. iTalk was previously rumored in November as an upcoming competitor to the Belkin Voice Recorder which was introduced in October. The upcoming iTalk is expected to ship in April 2004 and features a built in speaker/mic as well as a passthrough stereo headphone jack and mono line-in. According to the placeholder pages, it appears the iTalk will retail for $40.

    SightLight
    FireWire Light for the iSight. This ring-shaped light slips over your iSight and provides "direct but diffused" light to illuminate your video subjects. Retails for $39.99.
     
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    nice!

    i was hoping for the sightlight!!
     
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    don't have the need for the sightlight (no isight) but it looks pretty cool.

    The iTalk on the other hand has a lot of potential....could this be asking for trouble? Recording concerts? Movies? Talk about a live CD, or 10,000.
     
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    The input is mono, and I doubt the quality will be good enough to be recording anything like a concert (tapers are sticklers for quality). However, if you could, why would that be asking for trouble? Almost every live band today encourages live taping as a way to increase their fanbase.
     
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    This is just what I need for my iSight at home, but, I'm already out of firewire ports. Looks like I'll have to fill up a PCI slot with a firewire/usb card. Apple better put more firewire and usb ports on the next case modification of the G5.

    --Waluigi
     
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    Auto light sensing... nice! It looks relatively close to the previous design mockup.
     
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    If you read the specs for the SightLight,it says that it shares the FireWire connection with your iSight, so you don't need another port. That's pretty cool.
     
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    SightLight looks great. The only thing is, will this lead to mugshot-style lighting? Anyone do professional video/film here? I was under the impression that you generally wanted the light coming from at least a slight angle, otherwise you wash out peoples features. Is that correct?
     
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    I think SightLight and italk are very good ideas. SightLight for the price of $39.99, it is just right!
     
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    Griffin iTalk -

    "To record audio, simply navigate to the Griffin iTalk Playlist, play the track entitled 'Begin Recording for 1 Minute'. When the light flashes faster than it was flashing before, pause the playback of that track, and then the flashing light will blink more slowly.

    You may begin to speak.

    When you have finished speaking, Navigate to the Griffin iTalk Playlist, play the track entitled 'Pause Recording', and follow the same procedure as above. If you want you can save the recording by doing all sorts of other complicated stuff"
     
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    mainstreetmark

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    Yeah! 'Cept Metallicalooser.

    http://www.sharingthegroove.com for example. Then, you have to SHN->WAV or Flac->WAV and then iTunes will be happy.
     
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    hmmm

    is it me or is everybody up tonight??? go to sleeeeep! MWSF only starts earlier if you go to your bed NOOOOOOWWWW!!
     
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    Is it really mono? where are you reading that? surely with a better mic pluged into it you can record in stereo.
     
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    I unfortunately don't have an iSight, but the iTalk sounds like a nice improvement over the iPod Voice Recorder.

    If only we could get a serious recording device for the iPod. All of my conservatory friends rely on Minidisc to make recordings. I know they'd love to scrap their Minidisc recorders in favor of an iPod.
     
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    yeah, right

    The Kings of vaporware poised to strike again. :p How long ago did they announce that "radioshark" thing? They average half a year before actually shipping something they announce. Except, of course, in the increasing number of cases where they don't ship it at all, ever. :rolleyes:
     
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    Nice iTrip reference :p

    But the iPod has recording in the firmware already, for the Belkin mic, so it's actually quite simple to record. I'm looking forward to it!
     
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    holy crap!

    that one looks SO MUCH BETTER than the "other one" it's a shame it seems as though it will be a bit more difficult to operate than the other.

    oh well, the price we pay for beauty.
    lol
    technocoy
     
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    AWESOME! Thanks for the heads up...

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    This wont see a production run.
    Its just too tacky a product. Who the hell needs this? there are a s***load of digital recorders out there.
     
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    what? i need it. who needs a digital recorder when i've got a 30 gig one allready in my pocket (after buying this thing of course).
     
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    OK. So buy it. It will be delivered in April - like the first of April.......

    Sorry, I just cant stand any more trolling for interest from this company. Send us the cash, 4 months in advance, and if we get enough takers, we 'll manufacture.

    If not, we'll refund your credit Card.

    In the meantime, you pay interest on the $35, and Griffin get to collect interest on your cash. Cool biz!
     
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    Sir_Giggles

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    I'd just wish for a company to come out with a recorder than accepts XLR inputs and with an iPod that can record 4 channels of at least 48KHz, 16-bit quality uncompressed audio.

    I'd snap up 4 of them in a heartbeat.
     
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    yeah, well...you've got me there. and they're being mysteriously vague about the tech specs....what's the bit rate....what's the format? it'll most likely turn out to be all too close to that belkin thing.
     
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    I remember reading that the top of the ipod would only be able to support mono recording, however there is possibility for the dock port to record stereo/higher quality. I would buy something that took advantage of that port, or even a new dock with line in. And someone invent a car receiver that the ipod can dock into!
    And I did get my iTrip 4 months after ordering, it works fine but I think I'm going to get a new receiver with aux in. (ebay here I come)
     
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    Umm,

    I pre-ordered a RadioShark. I will not be charged until or if it ships.

    I don't see anything wrong with a company seeing if there is interest and then making a product.

    I just wish they were more straight with us about it.

    Andrew
     

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