Advanced Technology Office LLC
on Thursday officially unveiled their iSee 360i, a video recorder that uses Apple’s iPod for storage. Designed to work with most fourth or fifth-generation iPods, the iSee 360i costs $249 and is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2006.
With the iSee, users of iPods, iPod minis and iPod nanos can record video directly from any analog source, including TV, cable and satellite. And its compatibility is not limited to video iPods — it also works with many fourth-generation click wheel iPods, iPod minis and iPod nanos (using an optional adapter).
The iSee 360i features its own 3.6-inch LCD display. The iPod fits on its back and slides into place with a dock connector interface. The iSee 360i weighs 6 ounces and measures 6 x 3.2 x 1.1 inches. It has its own 2200mAh rechargable battery that can extend the life of the host iPod to four hours. Replaceable, additional batteries are also available.
Software included with the iSee allows users to transcode video to MPEG-4 and transfer it to the iPod. While the initial January release of the iSee 360i includes Windows software only, the company says that a Mac version is in the works and plans to release it during the first calendar quarter of 2006.
The iSee can also play video that video iPod users download through the iTunes Music Store, according to a FAQ on the iSee Web site.