updated 11:20 am EDT, Tue October 7, 2008
The optics maker claims to have eliminated the problem of controlling an out-of-view device by using motion sensing on its flagship model; owners can rotate their head to change volume or navigate content.
The eyepiece rotates upwards when not in use and turns the new Media Port device into an audio player with support for AAC, MP3 and WMA tracks. The comparatively small size of the UP300x leaves battery power to either two AA batteries (alkaline or NiMH) or three (lithium), either of which generates about two hours of video and 4.5 hours of music.
Nikon makes clear that it so far has plans to launch the media player only in its native Japan, where an 8GB version should ship for the equivalent of $677. A 4GB version without the motion controls, known just as the UP300, is also due at the same time and will appear for $485. [via Impress]