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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 voice.
    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).

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    Updated: Fri Aug 14 18:12:24 1998 PDT