By Stephen Schenck | June 12, 2012 7:53 PM
Smartphone-connected watches are one of those accessory families that we really want to see work. Despite companies releasing plenty of gadgets that fall into this category, one thing or another just doesn’t seem to click, whether that’s the sheer bulk of the watches, limited battery life, or a poorly-executed interface. That hasn’t ruined our optimism, at least, and we’re hopeful that the Pebble, which became a Kickstarter sensation this past spring, could be the one to get it right. If you’d rather not wait for that to arrive, or are just curious about what’s been released so far, there’s a heck of a deal going on for Sony Ericsson’s old LiveView watch, which you can pick up now for less than the cost of a dinner out.
The LiveView came out about a year and a half ago, featuring a 1.3-inch OLED display and connectivity over Bluetooth with your Android phone. It sold for around a hundred dollars, and while it proved to be an interesting concept, we were less than blown away by our experience with it.
That said, the failings of a $100 product become a lot more forgivable when we knock things down to the $20 range. For the next four hours, until midnight Eastern, you can pick up a brand new LiveView that comes out to just under $20 with shipping factored-in.
Will the aging LiveView blow you away? Don’t count on it. But could you probably get $20 of fun out of experimenting with it? That sounds quite a bit more plausible. Look around online, and you’ll find all sorts of projects you could try your hand at to even make the watch a little more useful, like adding a better strap and attempting to waterproof its internals.