The Sony Xperia Ear is a Bluetooth earbud designed to provide hands-free operation for your smartphone. Stick the device into your ear and it can pair with your phone to let you use your voice to send messages, get turn-by-turn navigation, search the web, or perform other actions.
Sony introduced the Xperia Ear as a concept product in February, and now it’s starting to go up for sale.
Xperia Ear recognizes spoken Japanese, Russian, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and US and UK English.
In addition to a mic and speaker, Xperia Ear features a proximity sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope, allowing it to respond to non-verbal gestures. For example, you can nod your head to confirm a command instead of saying “yes.”
The device also knows when it’s in your ear or in it’s charging case, allowing it to act accordingly.
Sony’s earbud measures about 1.15″ x 0.96″ and weighs 6.8 grams, or less than a quarter of an ounce. It’s IPX2 water resistant and it has a 65 mAh battery for up to 4 hours of talk time or 80 hours of standby time.
The device also comes with a charging case with a 300 mAh battery, allowing you to recharge the earbud on the go.