As announced during the Mobile World Congress 2016, Sony aims to take Bluetooth earphones to a higher level with the Xperia Ear. But how high? We are talking about gyroscope, proximity sensor, and accelerometer among others.
So what really is about the Xperia Ear that’s worth the buzz? For starters, it’s not only an earphone that connects to your phone just without the wire — it’s almost a smartphone in your ear, considering the features it’s going to have according to the Sony website. It can send messages, give you weather updates, news, missed calls, recorded daily tasks, basically anything that’s going on, without having to keep an eye on your smartphone.
Technology in your ear
While the size of the Xperia Ear isn’t what you expect from a modern day earphone, the technology Sony claims to be packed in it should make it worth the bulk. The earphones are designed to work with a dedicated app for Xperia devices or via Google Talk for other Android gadgets. With its proximity sensors, the app is notified that the user has put on the earpiece, therefore able to give you the updates upon wearing it. The app provides the user with the location, weather update, news, social media posts, recorded appointments, and so on via the app. Apart from just listening to what the Xperia Ear has to say, this little gadget will also respond to voice commands for navigation, internet searches, and even message dictations. The main purpose of the earphone is for the user to be always updated and even communicate without having to peek or even just have the phone every so often. That should definitely come in handy when you’re driving and need to keep up with your messages and calls. The Xperia Ear is also expected to help you navigate as well as give you traffic updates.
With all these features, you can probably say that the Xperia Ear will be Sony’s new virtual assistant that you wear on your ear. These features are not all Sony brags about. As a device meant to be worn, Sony also ensures the comfort of its users. It may look a little bulky but the Xperia Ear is lightweight (57g) and would come with a comfortable silicone ear-bud, which should make it wearable for a whole day without tiring out your ear. On the estimate, the earphone holds a talk time of about 3.5 hours and a standby time of around 80 hours. It would also come with an optional case that doubles as a charger so it gets charged up as you keep it in the case.
Who is Xperia Ear for?
Xperia Ear is the Bluetooth earphone designed for the busy person who needs, or even just wants a virtual assistant in the form of a compact and convenient device. Unlike other Bluetooth earphones, it doesn’t only give you the ease of a wireless device; it gives you almost all the features of your smartphone within your ear.
Xperia Ear is set to be released in the summer of this year.