Sony SmartWatch Announced at CES 2012
Over at Sony’s booth in last week’s CES 2012, the company launched several new devices worthy of attention. Apart from the new Sony Xperia Ion, Xperia S, and a pair of Google TV devices, the company also unvelied some accessories which they called as Smart Extras. This included the Smart Wireless Headset Pro, Xperia SmartTags, and the SmartWatch.
The SmartWatch was the one that caught our attention. It is actually a micro display accessory that has an active Bluetooth communication with an Android smartphone. When activated, it is capable of accessing calls, messages, music, and applications wirelessly. The 128x128p display has a 1.3”OLED touch display screen and can be mounted on a strap then worn on the wrist as a watch. Aside from Bluetooth, the SmartWatch has a vibrating unit, hardware button, and accelerometer. It is also splash proof.
Apps on the SmartWatch can be customized by its user through the Android market. Availability of the SmartWatch and the other Smart Extras is scheduled for Q1 of this year but no specific release datehas been given.
Smart Extras for Android
The announcement of Xperia S is supported by the launch of three new Smart Extras(TM) accessories to enhance the experience on Android and to bring content to consumers’ smartphones in an entirely new way.
Xperia SmartTags – switch your smartphone settings with a single swipe
Xperia SmartTags work with any NFC enabled smartphone, including Xperia S. Simply touch a NFC enabled smartphone to a SmartTag, which is the shape and size of a small round token, and it launches a pre-configured profile in the phone, such as the alarm clock for a SmartTag by your bed or a GPS application for the SmartTag in your car. These profiles can be easily personalised to reflect any taste, designed to save consumers time and make their smartphone lives easier.
Smart Wireless Headset pro – the Bluetooth headset that does it all
This Bluetooth(TM) stereo headset for Android smartphones offers multifunctional features in addition to superior sound. On the display of Smart Wireless Headsetpro users can read text messages, see incoming calls, access calendar notifications and much more. When detached from the phone it functions as a standalone MP3 player and radio.
SmartWatch – access apps and smartphone features with a micro display for Android
SmartWatch is a micro display accessory for communicating with an Android(TM) smartphone via Bluetooth. Consumers can, for example, discretely access text messages, social media updates and manage calls or music. The display is mounted on a strap and can be worn as a watch. Applications allowing users to personalize their SmartWatch experience will be available on Android(TM) market.