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Looking for some Blu Ray player with mic imput

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castana
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Hi all:
I am sorry for my ignorance but I am looking some Blu ray player with mic imput to connect one microphone to record my voice in its hard disk, Is there any blu ray player with this feature into the blu ray market at the moment?
Sorry for my little english and thanks in advance
Alejandro Castan
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clinic
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No, there is nothing like this on any commercial Blu-ray disc... yet. Nor is there support to do this on any hardware player... yet.

I'm sure at some point that there will be players that support input through USB, but currently no hardware players support even keyboard or mouse. I understand the PS3 had an update a little ways back that supported a keyboard... but only for the console, and not at all for the Blu-ray functions.

chihiro_saito
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Hi Alejandro,

Are you looking for a consumer player that supports playback of Blu-ray Discs (such as those listed here: http://www.blu-ray.com/players ), that can also record input from a microphone onto the hard disk (of the player)??

If so, Playstation 3 might be able to, through it's USB port or something.

Chihiro

castana
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Hi Chirito_saito and clinic:
Thanks for your answers.
Well, I am looking for some bluray player with mic imput because I would like to make some Language course in the future through Java programing to test what I have learned in it.
Hope it has sence for you.
Regards
Alejandro
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billf
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Hi Alejandro,

Have you considered a hybrid approach involving a computer? Put into the vocabulary of interactive TV, this would be a blend between "one-screen" and "two-screen" interactivity. The idea is to play to the strengths of each medium.

Blu-ray (and television in general) give you an immersive medium with excellent audio and video quality, that people typically view in a comfortable setting (e.g. on a couch in a living room). However, most living-room devices will have limitations, especially when it comes to things like hooking up external hardware (like a microphone). Even if the hardware of the BD player is capable of microphone input, will the firmware let you access that functionality? And, how hard is it to get your audience to hook it up? Does it involve moving furniture, and getting to the back panel?

Stepping back, it might be worthwhile asking yourself if your target audience is one that has a computer too.

When I remember when I was learning French, I really appreciated a TV program called "French in Action". That's a great example of something that relied on being in a comfortable setting -- I really can't imagine sitting at a desk and watching a computer screen for the length of time I was able to watch the TV program. I can see how a Blu-ray disc could be an excellent medium to combine a mostly televisual experience with some interactivity, to push the boundaries into one that's more interactive (but not too much more!).

That said, when learning a language it's also necessary to get off the couch and do homework from time to time. Perhaps that homework could be done on a computer, in a way that plays to the strengths of that medium? Computers are good at text entry, and they're good at having webcams and microphones hooked up to them.

Maybe part of the overall experience is for the results on the computer to feed back into what you see on the disc, the next time you switch back to living room/couch mode? For example, without touching the remote control, maybe conversations using an area you were weak on the day before are emphasized? And, maybe voice recordings (or even A/V from a webcam) that you did the day before could be incorporated into the next day's video?

Even better - what if you saw yourself, [b]and your classmates[/b] in the learning video you watch the next day? And you knew your classmates were seeing you?

However it's put together, I think it would probably be best if the "living room" part of the learning experience were more focused to entertainment. Let people do more of the hard work when they're at their desk, in homework mode. Entertainment is a great way to entice students into absorbing more of a foreign language, and building the motivation to want to go back and do their homework.

Anyway, stepping back, I guess my point is that you don't have to do everything on the Blu-ray player. Since it's networked, there's an awful lot you can do in synergy with a bunch of other new technologies.

I think exploring these kinds of uses of BD-Java are some of the most exciting potentials of the BD format! Please let us know if we can help.

Cheers,

Bill
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Bill Foote
Blu-ray Java and Authoring Architect
Sun Microsystems, L.A.

castana
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Hi Bill,
First I am sorry to delay my answer and thanks to give me your opinion about my question.
About your comment I would like to tell you that I agree with you to use all the technology formats to teach one language but since a lot peoply and mainly old people don't like the PC computers for that reason I am thinking to make some language course in the future for Blu Ray player and through of it use other mediums as for example Internet websites.
I am willing to hear all your advices so please let me know them.
Thanks again
Have a nice weekend
Alejandro