While Creative's feature packed and impressively priced ZEN X-Fi has been stealing all the headlines, the company has been beavering away on this swanky project on the side...
Aimed at raising the heart rates of all sporty/aspiring-sporty types, the teeny (57 x 37 x 10.8mm, 22g) ZEN 'Krystal' is the company's latest assault on the iPod shuffle and ZEN Stone and a rather good one at that.
Packing 4GB of storage, a neat iPod-esque minimalistic design, Blue OLED display, FM tuner with 32 presets, voice recorder and stop watch the Krystal is already fitting competition but the addition of a pedometer capable of tracking speed and distance in the same way as the iPod Nike+ add-on certainly breaks the mould. For the diet conscious there's even a calorie counter so you can put your pens, calculators and notepads down.
Confirming accelerometers are indeed cheap as chips, the Krystal also comes with games based on motion sensor technology including 'Catch & Dodge', 'Dice Roll' and 'Hurdle Race'. If all this is sounding a little exhausting however just settle down on the sofa and relax safe in the knowledge its proportionately large 10 hour battery life shouldn't be letting you down any time soon.
As you might expect, price and availability at this stage remain a mystery - but given the speed of the X-Fi's arrival, I don't think we'll be waiting long for this funky little fella to touch down either...
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