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Lavalamp-shaped digital radio makes debut

Digital radio - at a price

Psion has finally launched its digital radio PC add-on, called Wavefinder (see PC Advisor Top Gear November 2000 issue), and given a glimpse of portable digital radio devices to come.

“Digital radio will change the way you think about radio,” said David Levin, Psion chief executive.

The lavalamp look-alike Wavefinder provides an on-screen interface which lets you click from one digital radio channel to another, record a song as an MP3 on the PC’s hard disk while you’re listening to it, and click through to websites relating to the radio programme you are listening to.

But at £299 Wavefinder will also change the way you think about the price of radio. It will be sold exclusively through Dixons and PC World stores, and PC World will bundle it with home-entertainment-oriented PCs, such as the Packard Bell brand, at £999 for the whole system.

So Wavefinder isn't a cheap tranny, nor is it small: at over 2ft long including its dual antennae, it has some way to go before it can be shrunk down to the pocket-sized digital radio and 3G mobile phone combi which Psion says it is aiming for by 2002.


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