Sony Mobile Communications
has launched a device that sends information from an Android-based smartphone straight to your wrist. The Bluetooth enabled Sony Xperia SmartWatch
vibrates and gives a screen alert when there are incoming calls or updates on Facebook or Twitter. The device also allows the user to read e-mails and text messages without taking the mobile phone out of pockets or bags. A tap of the 1.3-inch screen is all that is needed to turn the SmartWatch
from a timepiece to an information centre and remote for the cellphone.
“Designed to break free from the single screen experience, SmartWatch provides access to live content and entertainment on the go,” says Sony’s Paul Hamnett. “SmartWatch is the first of many Smart Extras that seamlessly connect and expand the smartphone's reach and user experience.”
SmartWatch comes with a black rubber wristband, but purchasers can customize their personal look by choosing one of the additional five wristband choices (white, grey, blue, pink and mint). The watch also has a rear-mounted clip that allows it to be detached from the wristband and attached to a belt or clothing.
The watch is approximately 1.5 inches square and weighs approximately half an ounce. The 1.3-inch touch display measures 128x128 pixels. The device is compatible with Android 2.1 and Bluetooth 3.0 and above. Standard USB charging powers the watch for up to four days. It currently works with various applications providing access to Gmail and SMS messaging, calendar notifications, Facebook and Twitter and handles basic phone functions, allowing the user to answer, reject, mute calls and send preset messages.
Currently, the Sony SmartWatch can be purchased online and at Sony stores for $150 US, but the company
says additional retail outlets will be announced in the near future.