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Jobo Introduces 10GB Portable Digital Album!
By Kim Brady, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, February 15, 2001 - 15:58 EST)

Carrying around extra memory cards can get pretty pricey if you're on the road and have nowhere to store your images once your flash card is full. Jobo Fototechnic, well known for its high-end digital camera backs, has introduced a new portable storage device, the Nixvue Digital Album, which stores up to 10GB of data without the need for a computer. We don't have all the details yet, but our Jobo contact says the Nixvue will be available later this year at a price of about $600. We'll be sure to keep you updated!

Jobo Fototechnic Inc. announced distribution of a new portable storage device, the Nixvue Digital Album, with 10GB storage capacity. The palm-size Nixvue is a stand-alone device that provides image storage, retrieval, and printing capabilities, as well as NTSC or Pal connection through a docking device which allows the user to view images, thumbnail folders, and slide shows on a TV.

An LCD panel on the Digital Album provides instructions for downloading images, and tracks the download progress as it reads the digital media inserted into the PCMCIA port on top of the unit. Once the transfer is complete, a verify function allows the user to confirm that all of the files were transferred successfully, so they can be deleted from the memory card to make room for more images.

The Nixvue Portable docking cradle is powered by a 110/220-volt power adapter and acts as a battery charger when the Nixvue Album is inserted into the dock. A parallel printer port allows you to choose pictures for printing onto photo-quality ink-jet printers, and a USB port connects directly to a Windows-based PC, which will recognize the Nixvue as an additional hard drive

The Nixvue accepts CompactFlash Type I cards for downloading stored digital images, plus SmartMedia, Memory Stick, and CompactFlash Type II cards with an optional PC adapter. Measuring approximately 3 x 6 x 1 inches and weighing only 11 ounces, the Digital Album is easily transportable, along with its table-top cradle, which is only slightly larger than the Album. Job anticipates a list price of $600, with distribution later this year, and Macintosh support to come.

For a look at the Nexvue Digital Album, visit the Nexvue Web site at www.nixvue.com.


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