CeBIT 2007: Video of the reborn Commodore's new Gravel PMPs

17 March 2007 No Comment Mike Evans

Commodore Gravel PMP at CeBIT 2007
Commodore, the long-dead home computer company, has risen phoenix-like at CeBIT 2007, and surprised us all with not one but three new Personal Media Players. Called the Commodore Gravel, each device is designed for different use.

There’s the Gravel Personal, which is your traditional PMP with some tasty features; the Gravel In-Car, featuring PMP features plus GPS for in-car Sat-Nav; and the Gravel In-Pocket, which lets you place a PMP in your pocket!

More details, pics and even a video of the Commodore Gravels after the jump.

Commodore Gravel In-Pocket PMP

The Commodore Gravel In-Pocket is the baby of the bunch, but don’t let that fool you. It comes fully-loaded with the ability to display JPEG, BMP, GIF and PNG pictures, and play MP3, WAV, WMA, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX and XviD files, and all on a crisp clear 2.8″ colour screen.

The Gravel In-Pocket comes with 2GB of memory (expandable to 8GB, and a far cry form Commodore’s old 64KB offerings of old!) and Wi-Fi, letting you access your media files from your PC wirelessly.
Commodore Gravel In-Pocket PMP showing joystick
Interestingly, you control the Gravel’s interface through a joystick that’s located on the back of the device (see pic, above). Although counter-intuitive at first, apparently it’s very easy to use, as the joystick is locatged where the hand sits naturally, and certainly saves on space, enabling the screen to occupy most of the front of the device.

Commodore Gravel Personal PMP

Commodore Gravel Personal PMP

Although called the Gravel Personal, it’s actualy a bit bigger than the In-Pocket, so isn’t that personal! Its extra size means the Gravel Personal can be offered with a whopping 4″ screen, a 2 megapixel camera on the back, and 4GB of on-board memory, expandable to 6GB.
Commodore Gravel Personal PMP showing camera
The addition of a camera does rather pitch the Gravel Personal in the same segment as some top end phones, such as the Nokia N95, but such phones can’t match the Gravel’s screen size. Price and screen size will largely determine which gadget you prefer, although having to carry around only one gadget rather than two may tip the decision in then phone’s favour.

Commodore Gravel In-Car

Commodore Gravel In-Car PMP showing Sat-Nav display

The final Gravel is the Commodore Gravel In-Car, which offers all the features of the other two (including the 2 megapixel camera of the Gravel Personal), but also packs in a GPS receiver and Sat-Nav software, making it a fully operational car-based Sat-Nav system. When (if?!) you reach your destination, you can simply take the Gravel In-Crar with you to view all the media that you’ve got stashed in its memory.

The Commodore Gravels are an interesting series of PMPs, and it’s great to see the name Commodore re-emerge, albeit in a completely different direction from its past. Let’s just hope it has more success in its new incarnation.

Video fo the Commodore Gravel

Finally, a video from ShinyShiny of the Commodore Gravel in action at CeBIT 2007 (although the folks at Shiny forgot that bright lights on LCD screens don’t make for great clarity!)

[Source: Crave]


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