Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Victorinox
Just when thought we'd seen it all with the USB thumbdrive-in-a Swiss Army Knife, Victorinox has again surprised us. Taking off from its first digital foray, the company has now added an MP3 player with remote to its arsenal of tools. The s.beat, just out, comes in 1GB and 2GB flavors, with a 4GB version in the works. There's support for MP3, WMA and--yet more surprises--OGG Vorbis, a voice recorder and FM radio with six presets. Amazingly, the entire package is only slightly larger, in a handy 74 x 22 x 24mm size. Of course, this being a Swiss Army Knife (duh), you also get a blade, a pair of scissors and a nail file/screwdriver. But just in case you plant to take your player onboard, the Swiss have thought up a flight version, too, sans tools. All that's needed is to remove the player from the knife body in one step and, voila. Comes with a protective cover for the USB connection, And we know just the song to play on this multi-tool device.

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