Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The New York Times

September 28, 2006

For the iPod or Cellphone With Everything, a DVR of Its Own

Now that many portable devices can show video — iPods, PlayStation Portables, Pocket PC’s, Palm devices and even cellphones — the question is how to get that video to the devices. SanDisk has a hardware solution for moving video from your television, DVD player, cable set-top box, digital video recorder or digital camera to your hand-held viewer.

The SanDisk V-Mate video memory card recorder acts as a bridge between your video source and your hand-held device. It takes the output of any video source, converts it to the video format of the receiving unit and saves it on a memory card. The V-Mate has slots for all the major memory card formats, from SD to Sony Memory Sticks.

The unit connects to your TV, and the V-Mate’s built-in software lets you mimic a DVR by scheduling the recording of a TV show for later viewing on your portable device. The V-mate retails for about $130 and will be available next month at and major retailers.

SanDisk also sells memory cards, of course, and cards for the V-Mate are sold separately.