Sony brings Internet to wristwatches with its new SmartWatch...
Sony has launched its new smartwatch, a touchscreen timepiece designed to display data from your smartphone, without having to pull it out of your pocket.
The new device, which runs for up to 4 days per charge, features a 1.3-inch dust and splash proof touchscreen OLED display and a rubber wrist band available in black, white, pink, mint and blue.
It connects to Android handsets via Bluetooth, and displays text messages, e-mails, calendar dates and news, sports, social updates. It also lets the user manage phone calls and music.
Although hailed as an Xperia partner, the watch is compatible with many other brands including
HTC Desire S, HTCEvo 3D/Shooter, HTC Sensation, HTC Wildfire, HTC Wildfire S, Motorola Defy, Motorola Droid 2/Milestone 2, Motorola RAZR, Orange San Fransisco, Samsung Galaxy 5, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy Fit, Samsung Galaxy Gio, Samsung Galaxy Mini, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy SL.
Sony’s smartwatch went on sale April 12th is available for $150.
This isn’t first attempt at connecting wristwatches with smartphones. In June 2003 Microsoft announced its plans to develop Internet watches with its Smart Personal Objects Technology. The project never really took off and was cancelled in 2008.
Some questioned whether the technology itself lacked appeal, or if it was simple a case of bad timing… Sony is clearly putting its money on the later.
In 2010, the company released its first Internet smartwatch called the LiveView, unfortunately this iteration also failed to catch on, but it still available online for around $55.
Despite the technology’s initial failure, Sony is hoping its new installment will finally go mainstream.
- Bonnie Cha: Friday Poll: Are smart watches finally ready for prime time? Cnet, 04/13/2012.
- Don Reisinger: Sony SmartWatch launches, delivers 'Android power' to wrist. Cnet, 04/12/2012.