Are you a Gadget geek? So you usually carry a Digital Still Camera (DSC) wherever you walk? Also, do you bring along a Flash drive (memory stick) wherever you go, to show your fellow friends how “hi-tech” you are? Living on the edge of the technology, have you ever though it would be nicer if you could have one device that performs both functions; to take pictures, and carry your data around.
Released by Transcend Information, the JetFlash DSC is a USB flash disk drive, integrated with a VGA digital still camera, to enable users to take digital photos without the inconvenience of needing a USB cable or card reader to connect to a PC.
Equipped with a 0.25-inch CMOS image sensor, the JetFlash stores pictures in a 640×480 JPG file (VGA), sized at 55KB. Since the JetFlash DSC is in fact a memory stick, it connects to the PC via a USB port. Once the pictures are transferred to a PC, the bundled software can be used to edit or enhance the photos. The USB flash disk drive also includes a built-in rechargeable lithium battery that is recharged via the USB port. The JetFlash is USB 1.1 compliant and does not require any additional drivers for installation (except for Windows 98).
- Interface: USB 1.1
- Storage capacity: 128MB, 256MB
- Dimension: 80x29x6mm
- Weight: 26g
- Sensor resolution: 640×480 pixels (VGA)
- Optical lens: Fixed focus length
- Lens specification: F2.8, view angles 53
- Focus range: 45cm – infinity
The only drawback is that the JetFlash DSC comes in only 128MB and 256MB densities, with the 128MB version priced at NT$1,550 (US$46). With fixed capacity, there is hardly any chance of an upgrade to larger memory storage if users would prefer to. The products are currently shipping, although reports previously claimed these were no longer in production.