Olympus has today released more information surrounding its new concept camera, image viewer and music player, the 'm:robe'. Planned for release early next year, the m:robe MR-500i has a 20GB capacity, an integrated 1.2 megapixel digital camera and touch-screen control. It can store up to 5,000 songs and 20,000 images. A 'Remix Play' mode allows you to combine images, sounds and special effects to view on the LCD or on a television screen. Olympus has also announced the m:robe MR-100, a 5GB digital music player without a digital camera.

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Press Release:

Setting your life to music

The Olympus m:robe – a musical memory maker

Today Olympus announce their intention to redefine the world of personal imaging and musical entertainment with the revolutionary m:robe concept.

The Olympus m:robe MR-500i

Comprising of a 1.22 million pixel digital camera, an image viewer and a music player all in one the m:robe MR-500i combines the energy of music with the power of pictures to bring your photographs to life. With the m:robe it’s easy to weave together images and sounds to make the difference between a picture and a memory - amazing adventures and experiences can be recorded in photo albums and combined with the tracks that evoke the mood of the moment - letting you view the special moments of your life while you listen to your own personal soundtrack.

The m:robe looks great too. An eye-catching clean and minimalist design together with a distinctive touch pad control ensure it will be the next ‘must have’ buy for the style conscious consumer. The m:robe MR-500i is planned for release in early 2005.

Olympus has a long history of offering cutting-edge solutions in the rapidly changing photography and audio worlds and the MR-500i is no exception. Giving picture-taking a musical twist, photography becomes an even more fun and creative experience. With the help of a ground-breaking touch pad controller (receptive to the gliding of a fingertip) images, sounds and special visual effects can be combined in ‘Remix Play’ mode. The results can then be presented either on the unit’s large VGA display or a TV screen back home. Thanks to its 20GB memory capacity the MR-500i is able to store thousands of songs and images and there’s even plenty of room to load your favourite pictures from your private archived photo collection.

The m:robe is packaged alongside Olympus m:trip music and image software. The software manages music and image data, converting CD tracks into WMA format. Great music, cutting-edge visuals and a progressive design are some of today’s consumer products’ most essential traits. Put them together and you have the m:robe MR-500i.

The Olympus MR-500i – main features:

  • Music and picture remix function
  • 20GB hard disk drive motion music player. Stores up to 5,000 songs (at 128kpbs/title in WMA format), or 20,000 images*
  • Touch pad control screen, 9.4cm colour LCD with high resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
  • WMA and MP3 music player
  • Music album function
  • Up to 8 hours battery life
  • Integrated 1.22 million pixel camera (lens equivalent to 35mm on 35mm camera)
  • Calendar function
  • Shipped with m:trip software, earphones and remote control
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • PictBridge compatible

* At 1MB file size each

The Olympus m:robe MR-100

With the m:robe MR-100 from Olympus, you will quite literally have music at your fingertips. It’s a digital audio player with a difference – operation is via a touch pad control so fiddling with buttons and dials will become a thing of the past. All you get is pure listening pleasure in an ultra-compact, head-turning design.

This m:robe model provides a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port and features 5GB storage capacity for around 1,200 songs and plays both WMA and MP3 file formats so music management is hassle free. The m:trip software takes care of virtually everything, including conversion of CD audio files into WMA format on a PC. Loading tracks onto the player couldn’t be simpler - just dock the MR-100 on the USB 2.0-compatible cradle, which also doubles as the battery charger, and download. In no time at all, you’ll be humming along to your favourite tunes. Any time, anywhere.

The Olympus MR-100 – main features:

  • 5GB hard disk audio player with touch pad control
  • WMA and MP3 file formats (approx. 1,200 songs at 128kbps/title in WMA format)
  • Comes with earphones, soft case, m:trip software, docking cradle and remote control
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed