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The Bellinghman
Date: 2004-12-14 17:02
Subject: Potential geek toy alert
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OK, I think this is rather wonderfully weird.

It's a radio. One that does pause and rewind. And can record to memory card. Or be attached to your PC. Or be a bedside alarm.

Lizard not included.
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Plastic Bertrand Russell
User: burkesworks
Date: 2004-12-14 18:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Surely "designed by Wayne Hemingway with more than a passing nod to The Jetsons". Looks pretty damned cool though, despite lizard not being included.
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jhnc
User: jhnc
Date: 2004-12-14 19:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I seem to recall the Radio Times magazine was advertising a DAB radio a few weeks ago that sounded somewhat TiVo-like. It took SD cards. I suspect it was the Roberts Gemini 1. Somewhat more box-shaped than this device though.

Like iPod, the bug comes in black too...
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TOTKat
User: totkat
Date: 2004-12-15 11:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I could be wrong, but it looks like the Gemini doesn't do mp3 playback, unlike the Bug which does. I'm really hoping I am right otherwise I've bought the wrong one for my father for Christmas (shush mother, don't tell him!).
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Nicolai The Hand Grenade of Courteous Debate
User: _nicolai_
Date: 2004-12-14 19:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They're cool in the, er, flesh too.
I nearly bought one as my mother's birthday present but she wanted FM radio as well as DAB, so I couldn't get this.
You can set it to record programmes at a given time to the SD card as well. I don't know what format it is on the card, therefore whether it's useful for data export.
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User: knell
Date: 2004-12-14 22:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've seen the Bug in person a couple of times and just didn't like it - the controls feel plasticky and don't have a nice positive feel to them. The rest of the Pure DAB radios (I have a Tempus-1) are built like brick shithouses.

My current object of desire is the Legato.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2004-12-14 23:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No good as a bedside alarm for us, though.

Excluding the actual material and shape, the Bug does seem to have been designed with the concept of multiple alarms. A single alarm just wouldn't hack it. And the idea of being able to set different alarm times for the weekend does seem to be one of those "Oh, of course, why not?" ideas that I would hope others would pick up.
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Liam Proven
User: lproven
Date: 2004-12-15 04:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Cute skink. Is it yours? :) Blue-tongued, at all?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2004-12-15 10:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh no, that's not mine. The picture comes from the web site.

But yes, cute lizard.
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Liam Proven
User: lproven
Date: 2004-12-16 18:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ahhh. Shame. :)

It's somewhere between being a cute device and kinda desirable and some horribly tacky Japanese toy robot thing. The eyes on the LCD fill me with an urge to take a large hammer to it, for example. Still, it's probably the most desirable DAB radio I've seen.
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