The Sony Xperia Ear is a personal voice assistant that resides in your ear
Back in February, Sony announced a quirky wireless earpiece, called the Xperia Ear, but didn't provide a lot of info on how it would actually function and nothing in the way of a launch window or pricing. Today, at IFA 2016 in Berlin, Sony gave us a better idea of what to expect from its upcoming in-ear “personal assistant”.
The Xperia Ear promises to provide its users with “authentic voice interaction” via a smartphone companion app that will synchronize data between the two devices. Useful information, such as notifications about upcoming events, changes in weather conditions and calendar entries, among other things, will be spoken directly into the user's ear — likely in a soothing, well articulated female voice, if current voice assistants are anything to go by.
The Xperia Ear even allows users to send texts by simply saying "Send a message to [name]" and then dictating the contents of the message. Received messages will be read to the users via to a text-to-speech technology.
The Sony Xperia Ear will be available for purchase in November in select markets only. There is no information available yet on pricing, or which markets the device will launch in. The earpiece will be available in black and comes in a snug, rubber-coated carry case reminiscent of a Zippo lighter that also doubles as a charger. Neat!