Sony announces Xperia Ear headset and in-car Bluetooth commander
Voice connectivity lets you call up smartphone functions by speaking commands.Ear connects to your Android smartphone via NFC or Bluetooth® and hooks up with a host application, where you can customize settings, including the info you need when you first connect in the morning, touch commands, and app notifications. The ear-piece is lightweight and has a soft silicone ear-bud built for continuous wear, with IPX2 water-protection and all-day battery life. The device is sold in Graphite Black and comes with an attractive, Zippo lighter-like case that doubles as a charger, so you can simply pop it in when you need to recharge.
Next up, the obscurely named RM-X7BT is an in-car Bluetooth® commander gadget which enables wireless music streaming and hands-free smartphone functions. It too uses Sony’s voice technology to let you activate various smartphone functions while driving. There are two units to it – an ‘adaptor’ module that enables wireless audio streaming and hands-free calls, and a ‘commander’ that handles smartphone functions (such as navigation), all while driving safely.
Both gizmos will go on sale this summer.