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First Pictures of the Treo InMotion Docking Station!!!

Here are the first pictures of the forthcoming InMotion portable multimedia docking station for our Treo which is manufactured by Altec Lansing and which Palm will launch later today.   As you can appreciate from the images, the InMotion cradle is very modern with white, silver and grey tones combined with blue backlighting on the buttons. 

This docking cradle has apparently been in development for nearly a year but at long last Treonauts will be able to have a cradle to complement the fantastic multimedia (photos, music and movies) capabilities of our Treo.  My only remaining wish is that someone would figure out how to get a Video-Out connection…

This is one new piece of gear that will undoubtedly soon find a permanent placement in my home and it shouldn’t be too long before we are able to add it to the Treonauts Shop

UPDATE
I finally got some specifications about this docking station:

  • The official name is the InMotion IMT1
  • You can charge and HotSync your Treo from it
  • You can use it as a full duplex speakerphone
  • It has 18 hours battery life powered by 4xAA batteries
  • The speakers have 2x2 Watts of power
  • There is one AUX input
  • There is a sub-woofer output
  • The unit will come with four international travel plugs
  • Estimated retail price will be $179 (Available in December)
  • Size: 8.5” wide x 5.1” deep x 1.7” high

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Posted by Andrew on September 28, 2005 at 09:15 AM

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by Steve Packard | Sep 27, 2005 12:37:33 PM

I love my Treo, and it's a decent MP3 player, but it's not a GREAT MP3 player. That's mostly becasue it can only hold 2gb of them max. Maybe it'll be able to hold 4gb of the when the 4gb sd cards come out and if they produce a firmware update that lets it access 4gb cards. It does do streaming radio, but I can do that on my PC just as well.

All in all, I don't think there would be any point in buying a Treo especially for the MP3 capabilities. I bought my Treo becasue it's pretty good at just about EVERYTHING.

That being said, I don't see a lot of point in making a multimedia docking station for it, when it's mp3 capacity is limited as it is. When I'm home, I'll just use my computer. If I want a lot of music away from my computer, I'll buy an iPod or something like that.

I do like listening to music on my Treo on occasion though, when I'm on the run. I would recomend to anyone who wants to listen to music on their Treo without the tiny tinny speaker to save themselves some money and buy the headphone adapter and a small pair of amplified stereo speakers at their local shack store. Works great for me!

-Steve

2
by Gabe | Sep 27, 2005 12:55:11 PM

What about the PALM version 700, any word?

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by Nick | Sep 27, 2005 1:07:56 PM

Problems with the Treo as an MP3 player (although I do use it as such and it is the only MP3 player I use):

1. Poor sound quality - distortion even with good headphones and tweaking the equalizer in Pocket Tunes.

2. Extremely limited MP3 playing software shipped as standard. Why not do a deal with Apple for iTunes software, or develop decent software to include as standard? Can't be that difficult.

3. No dedicated transport buttons. Not really that big a deal, but would help.

Given the range of functionality the Treo supports, I don't know why they've missed this trick for so long. What the Treo does as standard is pretty good, but the cursory support for MP3s is a missed opportunity that wouldn't take that much to exploit.

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by Jimmie | Sep 27, 2005 5:35:08 PM

You guys are always the first with Treo news, it looks very cool. I just posted it on my site.

http://www.gadgetsonthego.net/2005/09/portable-multimedia-docking-station.html

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by manielse | Sep 27, 2005 6:55:58 PM

I've wanted this concept for a while now but I'm not sure this has everything I was looking for. It's too early to comment but I was hoping for a remote and the ability to have AV out. Speakerphone or Call forwarding functions would be nice.

Does this even act as your "cradle sync"? What about intergrating a SD slot card reader looking at the size of this thing?

I know I'm being very harsh not knowing any details of it yet...

6
by Jeff Lorber | Sep 28, 2005 9:02:08 AM

I'm a musician and I think the Treo has better sound quality than the ipod. I use Aeroplayer and import my music at 192 kbps in the AAC format. Try it.

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by speltrong | Sep 28, 2005 10:55:54 AM

Putting a treo on a big speaker? is that really a good idea? My 650 makes every speaker within five feet of it buzz really loudly whenever it's sending or receiving voice or data (it even causes interference in my Nintendo DS's speakers). did they get around this problem somehow?

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by Permanent4 | Sep 28, 2005 1:03:49 PM

$179 for a cradle? You must really want that speakerphone to get something like this, especially when you can get a Seidio Innodock for $40 and a pair of Bose PC speakers for $100.

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by Arnold Ziffle | Sep 28, 2005 9:51:00 PM

Only 18 hours on non-rechargeable batteries? I'll pass, thanks.

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by Nick Danger | Oct 11, 2005 4:54:45 PM

Who says the batteries are "non-rechargeable"? Just buy AA Nimh batteries, fer cripes sakes.

IMO, the dock looks very cool. I just hope Palm stays with the current Treo sync interface for a few more generations...I'd hate to drop $179 on a cradle only to have it be unusable in 2 years.

Anybody know if the Treo 700 (w or p) uses the same connector as the 650?

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by child | Oct 25, 2005 7:17:41 AM

Nice nice. A lot of useful here. good work
Thanks for all.

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