Nikon's UP headset sports built-in browser

Unlike most other viewers in the market, the UP comes with onboard Wi-Fi and a built-in Web browser for surfing the Net.

This headset viewer comes with onboard Wi-Fi and a Web browser for surfing the Net. Reuben Lee/CNET Asia

YOKOHAMA, Japan--Most people are probably unaware that Nikon, a brand synonymous with cameras, makes headsets, too. In fact, this UP multimedia headset, which plays back photos, videos, and music, has been around in Japan for more than a year now.

However, unlike most other viewers in the market, the UP--which is being displayed here at the CP+ photo show--comes with onboard Wi-Fi and a built-in Web browser for surfing the Net. The basic UP300 comes with 4GB of built-in storage, while the higher-end UP300x model offers 8GB of memory and A/V input.

The UP300x also features a motion sensor for hands-free operation. Users can move their heads in different directions to activate the controls, which sounds kinda cool but is probably not for those who like to nod their head when listening to music.

I gave it a go and found the image quality to be not too bad, though it takes awhile to adjust to watching videos and pictures with just one eye. Both the UP300 (69,800 yen; $772) and UP300x (59,800 yen; $659.50) are currently available only in Japan but can be ordered via the official Web site. It's not clear, however, if there's an international warranty available.

(Source: Crave Asia)

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