Dover, N.J. -- Casio has introduced two new Wrist Camera watches that can capture and transfer color digital images to a PC.
The new metal band WQV3D-8 and the resin band WQV3-1 will be added to the Casio Wrist Technology line-up, which include wrist-type wearable digital cameras, global positioning watches and wrist remote watches.
The new WQV3D-8, $269 suggested retail, and WQV3-1 ($249 suggested retail) Wrist Camera models will be available in September. A 25,000-pixel color CMOS sensor makes it possible to capture up to 80 full digital images.
A built-in 16-grayscale monochrome LCD panel acts as both the viewfinder and a playback monitor. These Wrist Camera watches also feature five alarms which can be set up to display a specific digital image when each alarm time is reached. Images can be transferred to a computer (or back to the watch) via an IR adapter and viewed by using the Wrist Camera watches' internal software, which enables the image to be viewed in 16.77 million colors on a PC.
One megabyte of built-in memory provides enough storage for up to 80 images (JPEG compressed). Images can be recorded and deleted as many times as you want. An Auto Date feature automatically records the date (year, month, day) and time (hour, minutes) you record the image along with the image data.
After an image is recorded, users can input up to 24 characters (12 characters in the upper line, 12 characters in the lower line) of memo text. An operation inputs alpha characters or numbers, so consumers can record a person's portrait and then input their name and telephone number. A thumbnail screen allows display of up to 16 images on a single screen.
"Casio remains firmly committed to the expansion of 'Wrist Technology' timepieces and the new Wrist Camera watches are an integral part of this expansion, " said John Clough, executive vice president of Casio, Inc.'s Timepiece Division. According to Clough, future plans call for the development of new models with services provided over the Internet.