Sony brings its Smart accessories to CES: SmartWatch, Smart Wireless Headset pro, SmartTags

Sony brings its Smart accessories to CES: SmartWatch, Smart Wireless Headset pro, SmartTags
Sony brought some huge announcements at CES: the Xperia S and the AT&T-bound Xperia ion look gorgeous but with so many Androids out there it might take a bit more to really draw attention. A nice little touch that might do just that is the couple of Smart accessories Sony brought along with the handsets to outsmart the competition. 

The new Sony “Smart Extras” accessories include the new SmartWatch, Smart Wireless Headset pro and last but not least the Xperia SmartTags.

First comes the SmartWatch which is a successor to last year’s LiveView Bluetooth watch. It comes with a 1.3-inch OLED display and is 0.31” (8mm) thick. The screen has been upgraded and now it comes with a 128x128 pixel 65K touch panel. It’s divided into 9 areas where you can tap, in a 3x3 matrix.

The SmartWatch vibrates, has an accelerometer and is dust and splash protected and takes any 20mm wristband.

The Smart Wireless Headset pro is a Bluetooth wireless headphone set that will read your text messages or notify you about missed calls via text-to-speech. It’s more than just a standard Bluetooth headset, though, as it functions as a standard MP3 player with 2 gigs of internal memory and a microSD card slot. The device comes with a two-row display and uses BT 3.0.

Finally, the are embody one of the neatest ideas we’ve seen in a while - simplifying the way your smartphone behaves in different environments via NFC. What do we mean? The SmartTags are round badges with NFC support which you can have at work, at home, near your bed, pretty much everywhere. When you go to work for example, you just tap your phone to your work smart tag and your phone could fire up the Calendar app and go into silent mode for instance.

Now, all of this sounds awesome, but what’s even better is that Sony is also 
releasing the Smart Extension SDK, which allows developers to leverage the power of these accessories in their Android apps. Actually, this move shows that phone makers are increasingly starting to look outside the phone to augment the experience and that’s one direction we could be going into in the very near future. Do you like what you see so far from Sony?

source: XperiaBlog



12. hotphil

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

@noahbf How accurate would you need to be when running? Surely you don't want to compose a SMS or something? If it's the same as the previous LiveView model, it just have four touch areas - one at each side. Enough to accurately activate the limited number of functions you'd actually need when running. Let's hope it works better than the woeful LiveView though, for SE's sake. Brilliant idea, but if they fail so hard again on the execution, they might not bother with a further attempt. And that would be a shame.

11. noahbf

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 28, 2009

I can't imagine having a touch screen athletic watch.. Would be miserable on runs when you can't be accurate with your touch.

7. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I like, iLike. Hold up, it's not Apple. LOL #JustForTheFunOfIt

10. Adianshadows

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 22, 2011


6. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

I'm happy they didn't call the playstation the smartstation.

8. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

LOL, don't give them ideas

5. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

if apple came up with this, they'd make sure all the world knows about it as the greatest thing ever invented

9. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

True Dat!

3. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

There is still no stereo bluetooth that can match the quality of wire headsets.

4. romeo1

Posts: 826; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Yes there is the ones from se with se phones match the quality of high end headsets but not as good as the best ones;)

2. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

nice sony very nice, i thought you was dead but this impresses me

1. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Wow. These smart gadgets can be a deal breaker for me if some of them come free with the phone. Sony...Make.Believe :)

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