updated 04:50 pm EST, Tue February 6, 2007
Matsunichi iPod Video Dock
Taiwan's Matsunichi has quietly previewed the iPF7 iPod video dock. A twist on the company's longstanding digital photo frame, the dock is a completely self-contained music and video system for Apple's player. Any fourth-generation or later dockable iPod can play music, photo, or video through the dock's 7-inch display and speakers; in the case of music, track information will appear on-screen. Basic control of any media is possible courtesy of a touchscreen interface.
Other sources beyond the iPod are supported, Matsunichi notes. A multi-format reader and a USB 2.0 port will both play files directly from CF, SD, and external drives as well as transfer favorites directly to an integrated 128MB of flash. The iPF7 can also relay its video through RCA or component output and will sustain 4 hours of video playback when using battery power instead of an AC adapter or a computer's USB port. No release date or pricing has been set, but a US release is likely given the company's presence in the country. [via AVING]