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October 10, 2002
"Voice-Trek W-1" IC Recorder
A Built-in 0.3-megapixel C-MOS image sensor to take photographs while recording audio
Audio/digital image management software included
32 MB internal flash memory for more than 6 hours of digital recording
Voice-Trek W-1 FRONT Voice-Trek W-1 SIDE
Voice-Trek W-1
* The information contained in this news release applies only to the Japanese market.
Olympus Optical Co. Ltd. (President: Tsuyoshi Kikukawa) is pleased to announce the launch of "Voice-Trek W-1," a new IC recorder with a 0.3-megapixel C-MOS image sensor and 32 MB internal flash memory. The unit is capable of simultaneous management of audio and image files when connected to a personal computer.
The "Voice-Trek W-1" is a new form of recording tool that is able to simultaneously record audio and take photographs (stills). The unit comes with a choice of three recording modes, HQ (high quality), SP (standard play) and LP (long play), for a maximum of approximately 6 hours continuous recording. The W-1 is suited to a wide range of situations, including ordinary note taking, recordings of business meetings, lectures, interviews, and lessons, and even the creation of travelogues and children's growth records.

The "Voice-Trek W-1" comes bundled with "OLYMPUS Voice Album," an exclusive software package to help users better manage and utilize their audio and image files. The software can display taken photographs as "visual index" on a personal computer while playing back recorded audio. In addition, functional uses are to add commentary to photographs to create a "voice album," or to display the photographs as "slide show" while playing back recorded audio.
Main Features
0.3-megapixel C-MOS image sensor enables photographs to be taken while recording audio
32-MB internal flash memory for up to approximately 6 hours 4 minutes LP-mode recording
Convenient folder system manages audio and image file separately
Distinctive design combines portability with functionality
Bundled "OLYMPUS Voice Album" software for simultaneous audio and image file management
Background Information
The "Voice-Trek W-1" is a PC-linkable IC recorder that combines basic functions such as storage, playback and management of audio data on personal computers with new recording function that enables integration between audio and image files. It was developed for a wide range of business and private uses, bringing increased functionality to IC recorders in an attempt to respond effectively to the portable equipment market where greater functionality and system integration are in demand.
Details of Main Features
1. 0.3-megapixel C-MOS image sensor enables photographs to be taken while recording audio
The W-1 has a built-in 0.3-megapixel C-MOS*1 image sensor. While recording audio, the unit is also capable of taking up to 50 photographs per one file, each of which can be linked to the audio file. Audio files are recorded in WAVE format; digital images in JPEG (DCF). Audio files that have been linked to image files can be converted to Windows-standard AVI*2 format. They can be played back without any special software.
*1 C-MOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) image sensors consume less power than CCDs (Charge Coupled Devices); more desirable for compact, highly-integrated applications.
*2 AVI (Audio Video Interleaving) files can be played back with Windows Media Player, a standard component of the Windows operating environment.


2. 32 MB internal flash memory for up to approximately 6 hours 4 minutes LP-mode recording
The internal 32 MB flash memory serves as a recording medium for approximately 1 hour 31 minutes continuous recording in "high-quality" mode, approximately 2 hours 17 minutes in "standard play" mode and approximately 6 hours 4 minutes in "long play" mode. Recording is digital, allowing easy, direct access to any part of the audio file with the touch of a button.

Maximum recording time for Voice-Trek W-1
High-quality (HQ) mode Approx. 1 hour 31 minutes
Standard play (SP) mode Approx. 2 hours 17 minutes
Long play (LP) mode Approx. 6 hours 4 minutes
3. Convenient folder system manages audio and image file separately
Recorded audio is stored separately from image data as one audio file. Audio files are stored in two folders (A, B), each of which can hold up to 100 files. The image folder can store up to 250 digital photos. The two different audio folders allow the user to manage files according to their use, for example Folder A for private recordings, and Folder B for business.

4. Distinctive design combines portability with functionality
The W-1 features the large-size buttons and functional layout, which made previous versions of "Voice-Trek" so popular and adopts a more compact, elongated form for easier gripping and operation when taking photographs. The W-1 also comes with a strap and carrying case to improve portability. The front side features a high-grade aluminum plate, which combines with the chic metallic blue-based coloring to create a totally new, vibrant image.

5. Bundled "OLYMPUS Voice Album" software for simultaneous audio and image file management
The W-1 comes bundled with the dedicated software "OLYMPUS Voice Album" for easier audio and image file management and handling. The software allows users to create a "voice album" by adding commentary to photographs afterwards and to review the photographs as "slide show" while playing back recorded audio. (See next section for details.)
Main Features of "OLYMPUS Voice Album" Software
Visual index makes it possible to identify file contents at a glance
Voice album function attaches commentary to image files
Creates slide shows with audio backgrounds
Captures image on the computer display

Details of Main Features
1. Visual index makes it possible to identify file contents at a glance
The visual index displays image files that are linked to audio files. Photographs taken during recording are displayed as visual index once they have been transferred to Voice Album, so the user can tell at a glance what was recorded even without playing back the audio. The software is also able to display linked images while playing back audio, and is even able to move the visual index during playback. Linked images are extremely convenient for longer recording sessions because important parts can be found quickly with the visual index.

OLYMPUS Voice Album
* Photographs shown have been imported from other applications and may not represent Voice-Trek W-1 data.

2. Voice album function attaches commentary to image files
Voice albums make use of a new editing function that allows audio to be recorded later and linked to image files. These albums can be used in business to record meetings and interviews or to create reports; for personal use, they are fun to use as travel records, children's growth records, or recordings of lessons. The software supports both JPEG and BMP image files, and can also add commentary to photographs taken with your own digital camera.

3. Creates slide shows with audio backgrounds
Slide shows use a function that plays back recorded audio while automatically displaying photographs. The Voice Album slide show allows users to enjoy the photographs while playing back recorded audio. Slides can also be switched during the show with a mouse click. The software will import image files from other applications for playback with WAVE audio files, making it excellent for presentations, birthday parties, and other special events.

4. Captures images on the computer display
The W-1 does not have image display functions, but can be connected to a personal computer with a USB cable to display what you see in the viewfinder on the computer screen. The image on the computer is updated approximately once every second, and the user can capture the image of your choice for shooting and storage.
*Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. was changed to OLYMPUS CORPORATION as of October 1, 2003.
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