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Sony Xperia Ear voice-assistant gadget launches Dec. 13 for $200

by Todd Haselton | November 18, 2016November 18, 2016 3:30 pm PDT

Sony will begin selling the Sony Xperia Ear, which we first heard about back during Mobile World Congress last February, on December 13 in the United States. It will be available through Amazon and outlets such as B&H Photo, TechCrunch said.

The Xperia Ear is a little device that slides into your ear and provides you with a voice assistant. It was originally just announced as an experiment of sorts, at least that’s what we assumed, though Sony eventually said it was going to deliver it to the market. You can ask the Xperia Ear questions like you might another assistant, like Siri or Cortana. “What have I got scheduled tomorrow?” is one example Sony suggests a user might ask. Or “Send a message to Todd that I’m getting sushi for lunch,” might be another.

You can also use Xperia Ear to deliver notifications to you throughout the day, depending on the applications you configure it to work with. You might get a notification of a text message while riding your bike, for example. It also sports special sensors for gestures. “With an integrated proximity sensor, gyroscope, and accelerometer, it knows if it’s in your ear, not in use, or in its charging case, and reacts accordingly,” Sony explains. “You can even use a nod of the head to confirm a command.”

Can the Xperia Ear stand out?

It sounds compelling enough, but the proof is going to be in the pudding. If the Xperia Ear listens well and can provide accurate help, then it’ll be a compelling product. If not, other regular earphones that can tap into any variety of mobile voice assistants will be the better buy.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...