MIR Show Week 42 featuring the iMovio iKit

Here, then, is the exclusive look at the all new iMovio iKit device. It’s intended as a mobile companion device to work alongside your average RAZR or Nokia S40 handset. The target market is very much teenagers and youth who aren’t in the market for an expensive smartphone, but who would like easy internet browsing, IM and email, without having to grapple with the on-device rubbish.

We also visit the Digital Winter event and catch some really, really funky mobile charging equipment (I really like the idea of having a £300 mobile powerstation wherever I am) and, amongst others, you can see the chaps literally lusting after the new Sennheiser bluetooth headset and base station.

Since James was abroad on business for SpinVox most of the week, we had to film without him, thus it falls to me to say:

Cue up MIR Show 42… and roll credits!

Topics discussed:
First: The Digital Winter Gadget Event ( 00:43 )
Steve of Contour talks about Contour Headset with Ben Smith ( 01:09 )
Vortex 16g microSD card ( 02:17 )
Jerry of Paltraveller, Charging Solutions ( 05:03 )
Power Chimp ( 05:25 )
Power Gorilla ( 08:21 )
Solar Gorilla ( 09:24 )
VMX100 Office Base Station ( 12:55 )
Sennheiser VMX 100 Bluetooth Headset ( 13:42 )
Keiron of www.wishlings.com ( 16:59 )
First Look! The iMovio iKit Mobile Companion, www.imovio.com ( 17:29 )
-Dr Jack Torobin, CEO and Nigel Newby-House, Design Director of iMovio

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36 Responses to MIR Show Week 42 featuring the iMovio iKit

  1. jamesbody October 20, 2008 at 6:47 am #

    Hmmmm – audio in STEREO – Ben in my RIGHT ear, Dan in my LEFT ear…….

  2. smstextnews October 20, 2008 at 6:51 am #

    Nothing but the best!

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  3. Kip Hakes October 20, 2008 at 7:30 am #

    Cool show boys… 🙂 Old flame perchance Ben? 😉

    K

  4. Ben Smith October 20, 2008 at 7:35 am #

    I am talking to your left brain though.

  5. Ben Smith October 20, 2008 at 8:12 am #

    Ex colleague… She ran the University's radio and telly station when I was head of the charity fundraising organisation, soon meeting her I was suddenly overwhelmed by a sense she'd know I don't really know what I'm doing.

    No romantic connections at all Kip.

    Ewan: That absolutely needed to be in did it? 🙂

  6. Ricky Chotai October 20, 2008 at 8:35 am #

    Firstly the price of the iKit device??? I would love to get my hands on one of these looks awesome!!
    Ben were you part of RAG?

  7. Ben Smith October 20, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    We beat Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2008/10/20/the-imovio-i

    ~£99 for the device, but probably free with a phone contract.

    Yes I was Loughborough Rag chair for '99-'00. The most enjoyable job I've ever had.

  8. Ricky Chotai October 20, 2008 at 9:41 am #

    oooh 99pounds

  9. edgar1013 October 20, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    the ikit is definetely not for me.
    the idea of tech evolution is to carry less devices around than more.

  10. Mark Thomas October 20, 2008 at 9:48 am #

    I like the idea of the iKit – not sure I would get one myself though but I can see a good market for it.

    And good show guys.

    Mark

  11. James Whatley October 20, 2008 at 10:07 am #

    “Scrummaging around a field” ??!!?

  12. smstextnews October 20, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    I thought it helped develop your public image Ben…

    And I was looking for something nice to put in the outtakes that wasn't Dan
    vomiting* over the guy from Motorola or James slapping* that guy from Nokia.

    * Both not actually accurate in any way

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  13. DanLane October 20, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    Not the best show we've ever done… normal service will resume next week 🙂

  14. DanLane October 20, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    it's what you do! 😛

  15. PatrickatJPR October 20, 2008 at 12:16 pm #

    Dan, don't be so hard on yourself!

  16. babernath October 20, 2008 at 1:21 pm #

    liked the iMovio. I wouldn't buy it personally but I wish them well. I would like to see a bigger screen, possibly a touchscreen that uses the entire space. Was it easy to close and open – with one hand?

    PowerGorilla should win something for the name alone.

    Best weekly show on the Web. Til next week…

  17. Ricky Chotai October 20, 2008 at 1:47 pm #

    I do agree but if i browse on my n95 for hours, I will kill the battery and I can't ring or sms anyone. I am very very tempted by this. I think it is awesome. I can be in Uni and just want to check my email or FB very quickly. Awesome.

  18. Ben Smith October 20, 2008 at 1:53 pm #

    Yes everyone – I know girls. Well… one or two.

    Well, just one.

    🙂

  19. Ben Smith October 20, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    Glasto.

  20. Ben Smith October 20, 2008 at 1:55 pm #

    Thanks Mate.

    See what happens when you start giving prizes to commenters…? 😉

    Seriously guys – bit of a dry one this week. Soz ''bout that. Enjoy the variety if not the presentation…

  21. Mike42 October 20, 2008 at 3:08 pm #

    er….the evolution of mobile devices argues the other way. We are carrying more stuff than ever – MP3 Players, digicams, GPS devices, laptops, netbooks, games consoles etc. If people wanted converged devices, then these other devices wouldn't exist – but they do, in an ever-increasing plethora of niche.

    Why should evolution mean convergence? I'd argue evolution deliberately diverges. If evolution meant convergence we'd only have a few animals, not the millions of species we have now.

    In a battery-powered world, having one device is a single point of failure – and as Ewan discovered to his loss this weekend in Paris, putting all your e-ggs in one basket just leads to tears 😉

  22. edgar1013 October 20, 2008 at 11:51 pm #

    Dr. Jack's hair is awesome! reminds me of Al Pacino, that alone made the show!
    getting back to the ikit. i guess it would be cool to have it by your bed side and jump on the web anytime for a quick search. depending on the price point i would consider it. but then again, nothing a N810 can't do.

  23. edgar1013 October 22, 2008 at 8:31 am #

    i just saw the ikit on boygeniusreport for a mere 175 usd.

  24. ollysk2 October 22, 2008 at 1:21 pm #

    Very good show guys — judging from the comments, the iMovio caught the most attention (and it is a fascinating device, especially for the market it's aimed at), but am I the only one that was riveted by the power segment? I LOVED all the solar powered schwag, I can see the big one (Sun Gorilla?) being in the back window of my vehicle charging any number of things.

    Great stuff!

  25. DanLane October 22, 2008 at 6:04 pm #

    Cheers Olly, we aren't hugely happy with this episode as we had some great content but technical issues meant we couldn't bring you some of the better footage.

    I guarantee that next week's show will be an absolute corker though! 🙂

  26. DanLane October 22, 2008 at 6:05 pm #

    We had some great content but a lot of the padding and Digital Winter stuff was lost due to technical issues!

  27. Kip Hakes October 23, 2008 at 3:09 am #

    Is 'scrummaging' a word??

  28. James Whatley October 23, 2008 at 6:23 am #

    Y'know, someone might think it was because one of the team was missing..

    ..but I doubt that's the reason.

  29. Ben Smith October 23, 2008 at 7:17 am #

    Yes – Rugby parlance. Verb: To participate in a scrum. (probably)

  30. James Whatley October 23, 2008 at 7:23 am #

    Y'know, someone might think it was because one of the team was missing..

    ..but I doubt that's the reason.

  31. Ben Smith October 23, 2008 at 8:17 am #

    Yes – Rugby parlance. Verb: To participate in a scrum. (probably)

  32. Kip Hakes October 23, 2008 at 9:09 am #

    Is 'scrummaging' a word??

  33. James Whatley October 23, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    Y'know, someone might think it was because one of the team was missing..

    ..but I doubt that's the reason.

  34. Ben Smith October 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm #

    Yes – Rugby parlance. Verb: To participate in a scrum. (probably)

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Jonathan Jensen - October 22, 2008

    @bensmith @danlane Another outstanding MIR show, altho missing one of the Three Musketeers! http://snurl.com/4lpg7

  2. Jonathan Jensen - October 22, 2008

    @bensmith @danlane Another outstanding MIR show, altho missing one of the Three Musketeers! http://snurl.com/4lpg7

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