Sony goes to Hollywood with smart earpiece

Sony appears to have taken a leaf out of Hollywood’s book with its new Bluetooth earpiece bearing an uncanny resemblance to one worn by Joaquin Phoenix in Her.

The new device is part of Sony’s plan to get us all “looking up” a little more, as it reads notifications, reminders and other key information from your phone directly into you ear, removing the need to look down at your mobile.

Anyone who’s seen the future-set film starring Phoenix will certainly see the similarities with the ear piece he wears throughout the movie.

The Ear also has a built-in microphone so voice commands can be used to make, answer and return calls and messages. Its case also doubles as the charger.

There’s no set date for when the Ear will become available – Sony has only said “summer 2016” – but anyone interested can register for updates on the Sony website.

It’s not a concept restricted to movies and Sony either, with Motorola releasing a Bluetooth earpiece of their own – the Moto Hint – but it still remains a niche product.

Sony has only said the device will be available from ‘summer 2016′ (Sony)

The unveiling of the Ear came alongside three new Xperia smartphones – the X, X Performance and XA.

Being Sony the key selling point here is a good camera – it can launch in record time for a smartphone – but battery life is being pushed too. Sony says its battery management system means the phones in the X series can provide up to two days of battery life.


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