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The Rolly. It's eggstremely eggselent!

KaseiusKaseius Registered User regular
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Last month the rumor got around that Sony was prepping another attempt at regaining some market share in the mp3 player market. According to the early leaks the device would use physical movement as its interface and would be shaped like an egg.

Today Sony gave the world the first clear look at the device, which, as the early leaks suggested, is named the 'Rolly.' It is indeed egg shaped, and in relation to the hands in the various pictures, is quite a bit larger than we would have guessed.

The Rolly is equipped with motion sensing capabilities that allow various aspects of its music playback to be controlled by physically moving the device. Volume can be adjusted by turning the Rolly clockwise or counter-clockwise while holding it in hand. Track selection can be accomplished by rolling it back and forth on a surface, and shuffle mode is adopted by shaking the Rolly. Because the device has no screen of any sort, its status and activity will be denoted by the changing colors of the two lighted rings.

At each end of its egg-like body the Rolly sports a 20-mm, 1.2-Watt neodymium magnet driven speaker. Each driver is capped by a protector that flips out when the speakers are in use and can apparently rotate to better project sound in a particular direction. From what we can make of the machine translation of a Japanese product page, the Rolly doesn't have a headphone jack and instead makes use of Bluetooth for sending tunes to headphones.

Just 1-GB of storage space is packed into the Rolly, which is disappointingly low. It is, however, apparently capable of streaming, via Bluetooth, a music collection stored on a PC. Supported music formats will include ATRAC, MP3, and AAC. Battery life is rated at 5-hours, or 4 when Bluetooth and motion sensing are at work.

Sony will include "Motion Editor" software that will allow owners to program particular gestures into the Rolly, apparently to set customized commands or the moves to user-created dances. Though we're unclear on exactly how the Rolly will encourage users to follow particular dance moves, it seems as though choreographed Rolly dances will be sharable among users and this capability marketed as the Rolly's primary feature.

Sony will sell the Rolly in Japan beginning on September 29 for 39,800-Yen, which converts to about $350-US. No official word has been delivered as to when a release in other territories will occur.

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Sony's Rolly site.
IGN's article about the Rolly.

I did a quick search on this and found nothing.

Looks like Sony's doomed; a 1GB MP3 player for ~350$? No thanks! While it seems interesting in a very unique way, it feels more maniacal than a good idea.

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  • bruinbruin Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    What the flying fuck?

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  • Dr.FunkensteinDr.Funkenstein Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    bruin wrote: »
    O_o

    :|

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  • TheKoolEagleTheKoolEagle Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
  • KaseiusKaseius Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    bruin wrote: »
    O_o

    Control your music with waggle!

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow And now you know why They call me Mr. PerfectRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    bruin wrote: »
    O_o

    :|

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  • agoajagoaj Hey You Pichu I don't like your girlfriendRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    MP3 Gear?

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  • MetaHybridMetaHybrid Taste defeat!Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    What? I've never heard of this before. It looks interesting at least.
    Spoiler:

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  • WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    It's...so...big.

    Do they think we just like to carry around lemons in our pockets?

    Lemons we have to grab and shake?
    Spoiler:

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  • LemmingLemming Registered User
    edited September 2007
    E G G P A R A D O X

    Seriously, what? How is that going to fit anywhere at all when you're going places? You'll just have this huge bulge in your pocket.

  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    It's like a Shuffle but crappy.

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    ....

    Why? It's certainly not going to fit anywhere on me, and if I have to hold it out in front of me in my hand, I'm going to be mugged.

    Also, it's huge! I might as well carry a real egg around with me. It's just as fragile.

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  • PataPata Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    It's an egg.

    A musical egg.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    This isn't a joke?!

  • -SPI--SPI- Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I don't think it's aimed at the MP3 player market. It seems more like a novelty toy/party item. You can't really use it as a normal MP3 player if it's:

    A) That HUGE
    B) Has 1 gig of storage space
    C) Doesn't have a headphone jack (although it can use bluetooth headsets)
    D) Controls via motion. So if you were walking along with it in your pocket I can see it switching songs and volume constantly.


    Seriously though. BUH?

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  • PataPata Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    This is wonderful.

    I love it.

    Wouldn't buy it.

    But it's funny.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Why the hell would a person want to do dance moves to control their MP3 player? Nearly all of the uses of MP3 players are in areas where you can't really do that stuff.

  • PataPata Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Titmouse wrote: »
    Why the hell would a person want to do dance moves to control their MP3 player? Nearly all of the uses of MP3 players are in areas where you can't really do that stuff.

    Somehow I don't think Sony thought their cunning plan all the way through.

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  • -SPI--SPI- Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Titmouse wrote: »
    Why the hell would a person want to do dance moves to control their MP3 player? Nearly all of the uses of MP3 players are in areas where you can't really do that stuff.
    I can see the advertising campaign now, hip young people dancing with the Rolly in public places. On trains, streets etc. Looking "cool" "hip" and "fun"

    You want to be "hip" don't you?

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  • bruinbruin Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'll be honest, when I just saw the picture and hadn't read anything about it, I thought it was a new PS3 controller.

  • PataPata Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    bruin wrote: »
    I'll be honest, when I just saw the picture and hadn't read anything about it, I thought it was a new PS3 controller.

    I saw the picture completely out of context and thought it was a bizarre photoshop.

    The thought that Sony would actually make a product like this didn't even occur to me.

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  • existexist Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    it would be better on the wii

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  • IreneDAdlerIreneDAdler Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Stream music off a PC via Bluetooth? You can get a Bluetooth dongle for like a 10th of that price to do the same thing... :roll:

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  • Dr.FunkensteinDr.Funkenstein Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    exist wrote: »
    it would be better on the wii

    It has the same colors as a Wii.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    exist wrote: »
    it would be better on the wii

    It has the same colors as a Wii.

    I think the blue is slightly lighter.

  • Bloods EndBloods End Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Titmouse wrote: »
    exist wrote: »
    it would be better on the wii

    It has the same colors as a Wii.

    I think the blue is slightly bluer.

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  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? peach treesRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    That is one weird thingymabob

    I mean maybe there's a market for it somewhere

    But it can't be large enough to justify actually producing it

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  • FuruFuru Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    You know, I'm beginning to think the problem with Sony is universal throughout the company.

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  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Man, if it had more storage, say 10gigs, and was 2/3rds the size, I'd buy it at $350 for the crazy novelty factor.

  • rayofashrayofash Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    A wawwy? What's a wawwy?

  • Mobile-DMobile-D Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    They're combining the never-ending fun of a $20 Bop-It! game with a $350 MP3 player. Brilliant!

  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow And now you know why They call me Mr. PerfectRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Mobile-D wrote: »
    They're combining the never-ending fun of a $20 Bop-It! game with a $350 MP3 player. Brilliant!

    I'm still waiting for the Skip-It word processor.

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  • Lucky CynicLucky Cynic Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Yet another olol Sony post.

  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    This looks kind of like a piece of fruit. What will the fruit fucker do to it?

  • Mobile-DMobile-D Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Mobile-D wrote: »
    They're combining the never-ending fun of a $20 Bop-It! game with a $350 MP3 player. Brilliant!
    I'm still waiting for the Skip-It word processor.
    It wont compete with my Slinky portable DVD player.

  • Lucky CynicLucky Cynic Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Mobile-D wrote: »
    Mobile-D wrote: »
    They're combining the never-ending fun of a $20 Bop-It! game with a $350 MP3 player. Brilliant!
    I'm still waiting for the Skip-It word processor.
    It wont compete with my Slinky portable DVD player.

    You guys sound smart enough to work at Sony.

  • NorfairNorfair Registered User
    edited September 2007
    Yet another olol Sony post.

    How can one react to the Rolly in any other way than LOL SONY? An egg-shaped, motion-sensing MP3 player... yeah, that'll work really well if you try to use it while jogging, walking, or, well, trying to do anything that involves any activity other than sitting very, very still. Wait... there is another possible reaction.

    Gentlemen, we have gone from LOL SONY to WTF SONY.

  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? peach treesRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Mobile-D wrote: »
    Mobile-D wrote: »
    They're combining the never-ending fun of a $20 Bop-It! game with a $350 MP3 player. Brilliant!
    I'm still waiting for the Skip-It word processor.
    It wont compete with my Slinky portable DVD player.
    They can release a second version of it in a couple years, even bigger with more lame motion features

    Like Bop It Extreme

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  • Original RufusOriginal Rufus Registered User
    edited September 2007
    It's....a giant egg.

    How do you put that in your pocket? It looks better suited for suppository storage.

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