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Conference Explores Digital Life

8 Aug, 2008 By: Anne Sherber

NEW YORK — Consumers will have more demands on their leisure time in the fourth quarter, if the Digital Life Summer Press Preview is correct.

Mattel's Fisher Price brand demonstrated new products aimed at 3- and 4-year-olds. The Kid-Tough Portable DVD player features a three-inch screen, simplified controls, kickstands and handles for $179.99.

Jakks Pacific introduced UltiMotion video games, a video game line that features plug-and-play technology in a motion game. The console plugs directly into the A/V jacks of any standard TV, with no console or software needed.

Rhapsody demonstrated its new “Music Without Limits” service, which lets consumers buy music free of digital rights management and play that music on any MP3 player. Visitors to the Rhapsody MP3 store can hear entire songs before they purchase. The music can then be downloaded into RealPlayer, Rhapsody or iTunes. The company says its catalog will include music from all four major labels, as well as independent labels. Most albums will be $9.99 and most individual tracks will sell for 99 cents.

On display was the Neuros OSD, an open source video recorder that comes with full documentation of the hardware platform so users can write new programs for the device. The device can digitize VHS tapes and then store the data on an external hard drive. The data can then be played on cell phones, iPods and laptops. The device is based on the Linux operating system.

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