Sony Xperia Ear personal assistant gets November ETA, no official price tag
The road from promising pre-release prototype to almost-ready-for-primetime commercial product was likely a long and bumpy one for the discreet, teeny-tiny but incredibly intuitive Xperia Ear wireless earpiece/voice and gesture-enabled personal assistant Sony first showcased at MWC in early 2016.
Recommended for use alongside the newly unveiled Xperia XZ and X Compact phones, as well as the already obsolete X and X Performance, but technically compatible with any Android handheld running 4.4 KitKat and up, this hands-free “Smart Product”, aka wearable, is equipped with something called Sony Agent Technology.
Thanks to that, a proximity sensor, gyroscope and accelerometer, plus Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC connectivity, the Xperia Ear can casually carry on a conversation, feeding you answers to scheduling, navigation or general online search questions directly to your ear, no actual phone operation required.
All interaction is conducted through voice and simple head gestures, features like dual microphones, noise suppression and echo cancellation ensuring the lines of communication are always open and crystal clear.
Although it’s a minuscule 15.2 x 29.3 x 24.3mm, weighing in at 6.8 grams (!!!), the Sony Xperia Ear vows to last up to 4 hours between charges in talk time, and 80 hours of standby. “Select markets” are now confirmed to receive the unique wearable product (unless you count the ill-fated Moto Hint) in November, but alas, the key piece of the puzzle is still missing. No price, no dice.