SanDisk has announced plans to release the V-Mate Video Memory Card Recorder, which will allow users to record video from TVs and other media players onto flash memory cards, where it can then be played on handhelds and smartphones.
This device will lets users record up to 3.5 hours of high-quality video per gigabyte, using industry-standard MPEG-4 format.
The V-Mate can be connected to the analog audio/video output of a set-top box, DVD player, PVR or VCR and the analog audio/video input of a TV. A remote control and TV-based graphical user interface will let users control settings, record, and access content.
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It will offer multiple programming slots for entering channel, date and start/stop times to schedule recordings. During initial set-up, users will select their playback device (such as a mobile phone or handheld game) to ensure the recordings are playback compatible.
It will support SD, MMC, MMCplus, MMCmobile, SDHC, MiniSDHC, MicroSDHC, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo memory cards.
The unit will include an infrared emitter. This will automatically turn on the TV tuner box (cable/satellite/terrestrial receiver or VCR) and select the right channel when programmed to record. The V-Mate will also includes a mini-USB connection and cable to connect to a personal computer.
The V-Mate, expected to be available next month, will sell for $129.99.
More information on this device can be found on SanDisk’s web site.