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Wizpy

Wizpy is a portable media player produced by Turbolinux. The host PC operating system is TurboLinux.

The product was introduced in a press conference on Nov 21st, 2006.[1] The 2GB and 4GB versions are sold in Japan. The 4GB version is sold globally, starting in 2007.

The 2GB version costs ¥29,800 ($246) and a 4GB version costs ¥33,800. [1]

Spec

By connecting it to a computer, the Wizpy can act as a USB storage drive.

Partitioning

"Wizpy is available only in a 4GB model in the US. Its internal hard memory is divided into two partitions. An 8MB Turbolinux partition lets you boot your computer into Turbolinux from the device. The remaining space supports its music player functions; of that, only about 2.4GB is free for music files." (Wizpy music player disappoints By Lee Schlesinger on June 13, 2007 [2])

OS

The Laser5, a Japanese open source embedded software development house, was involved in Linux driver development for the Wizpy. It is unknown if this was for a driver on the host PC OS for accessing the Wizpy, or for internal drivers on board the device OS. If the latter, it would imply that the device OS is also Linux. However, there currently does not seem to be any announcements regarding this.

Bundled Software for Host PC OS

Power

"Power is supplied to the lithium polymer battery via USB cable and though rechargeable, it is only rated for about 500 charges lasting 12 hours. The battery is considered to be a disposable and is not covered by a warranty. Replacement batteries require you to send the unit away to a support center for servicing." (TurboLinux Wizpy Review by Ty on June 27, 2007 [3])

Mac compatibility

"It's in this use we had a problem. Connected to a Windows XP machine the Wizpy was recognized and drivers loaded but the same thing didn't happen on two Apple Mac computers running Mac OS X. It appeared to Windows as USB Mass Storage, so it should have worked with Macs but it didn't. TurboLinux said they would work on compatibility with Macs for future versions of the product." (Turbolinux ships first Wizpy handhelds By Martyn Williams, February 23, 2007 [4])

See also

References

External links

  • Official homepage
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