High-definition video add-on coming to iPod

by admin July 27, 2006 at 4:59 am

PALO ALTO, Calif.–In about five months, you’ll be able to watch high-definition video on your iPod.

San Carlos, Calif.-based ATO will come out with a sleeve with a built-in LCD (liquid crystal display) screen that slips around Apple Computer’s iPod–whether it’s a video iPod or not–and turns it into a portable high-definition video player, John Scott, CEO of the start-up, said at the AlwaysOn Innovation Summit taking place this week at Stanford University here.

The HD player will sell for between $199 and $250 and will be released in five months. The initial players will be able to handle MPEG 4, Divx, HD.264 and other video formats. The battery on the device will last about five hours.

The company launched its first iPod video sleeve, the iSee 360, earlier this year and is selling them in Wal-Mart Stores, Best Buy and other retailers. “Sales are going well,” Scott said.

Physically, the device is a sleeve. The iPod slips in the bottom, locks into a USB 2 connector, and effectively vanishes into the larger iSee.

Full article: CNET News.com