updated 10:00 am EST, Fri November 21, 2008
Creative Zen Moo, Mi dock
Creative today tried to appeal to a niche market by introducing a line of Zens encapsuled in a cow's head likeness, calling it the ZEN Moo. Basically a new exterior for what is essentially the Zen Stone, the Moo includes 2GB of integrated memory with MP3 and WMA file support as well as built-in speakers. There is an entry version and a higher-end one, called the Plus, that includes a small OLED display behind the cow's nose, an FM tuner, voice recording functionality and an alarm clock.
Adding to the farm animal theme, buyers of the ZEN Moo can indulge in a tamagotchi-like game where users can train and feed their virtual cow. The battery life is rated at twice that of the Stone, or approximately 20 hours. While there is no pricing information, it is known the Moo is thus far only available in China.
At the same time, Creative showed its Mi speaker made to hold the company's Krystal and play back its content. The Krystal integrates into the Mi for a flush, complete look, with the Mi sporting its own control for the player. A kickstand built into the Mi lets it stand up. The Krystal and the Mi dock are both currently restricted to the Chinese market, and there is no word on if and whether they are coming stateside. [via epiZENter]
Creative Zen Moo
Creative Zen Mi