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| Authentic Develops Card System for Voice Recording
August 17, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Authentic Ltd. developed M Card System, a
card containing a small device that can reproduce 12 to 50 seconds of
|The company has begun selling the device to business enterprises that
handle character goods and similar merchandise. Also, it is testing
sales to general consumers.
Authentic is a sound equipment maker established by NEC Corp. It was
set up in 1993 as a venture business within the large electronics company,
and 70 percent of its capital is owned by NEC.
The M Card System is made of plastic, and it is the same size as a credit
card (85mm long by 55mm wide by 1.5mm thick). It comes with an built-in
microchip that records voice, and weighs 15g.
The cards have recording times of 12 seconds, 24 seconds and 50 seconds.
The voice-reproduction device measures 71mm wide by 121.5mm long by 25.5mm
thick, and weighs about 110g. It has a built-in speaker, and uses two
AAA-size alkaline dry batteries. The company expects that this product
will be applied to merchandise items that enable users to listen to
the voices of animation characters and entertainers.
The NEC affiliate started test sales to consumers on Aug. 16. It is selling
products with recordings of the voices of animation characters. The
card is priced at 800 yen (US$5.50), while the reproduction player is
priced at 2,800 yen (US$20).
(Hi-Tech News Center)