One of our favourite nerdy pastimes is analysing how filmmakers envisage the technology of the future – c’mon admit it, you do it too. There are so many cool sci-fi tech dreams that are close to coming true – we basically have AI computers that control our home, driverless cars and Star Trek was right […]
One of our favourite nerdy pastimes is analysing how filmmakers envisage the technology of the future – c’mon admit it, you do it too. There are so many cool sci-fi tech dreams that are close to coming true – we basically have AI computers that control our home, driverless cars and Star Trek was right on the money when they predicted the real game changer: automatic sliding doors.
But all of this pales in comparison to some of Sony’s new products. There have been several announcements and launches coming off the back of their Mobile World Congress press conference, led by their new flagship Sony Xperia XZ Premium phone, but including the revolutionary Sony Touch and Sony Xperia Ear. Get ready to pinch yourself.
Sony Xperia Ear: “A new hearing experience”
Taking a call on your headphones has, thank god, ceased to be the cringiest thing in the world, and it’s pretty normal now. Sony have picked up that Bluetooth technology has a chance to shine again, especially as wired headphones are relatively abysmal at guaranteeing good quality and high function. So, naturally, they’ve designed a new hybrid earphone/headset style earpiece, packed with impressive tech, that takes things to the next level.
Sony Xperia Ear comes with an in-ear personal assistant, available as a small earpiece or a slightly larger and more colourful open style concept, which sits under your ear. You can take a call, organise your thoughts, listen to a playlist on your morning should-be-a-jog-but-just-kinda-shuffling exercise, or follow directions on a bike ride and still be able to hear the world around you.
The aim is to get you looking up more. It gives you a lot of the usability of a phone, but without being fettered to a physical device. You can even record messages and use advanced gesture control to send them to contacts – so if Mum calls you when you’re just about to get on the train, you can shake your head and Sony Ear will send her a message, in your voice, saying “Hey mum, can’t chat now but I’ll call you back and don’t worry I’M FINE.” As far as wearables go, this could actually end up being seriously useful.
Turning any surface into an interactive canvas with Sony Xperia Touch
Ok, this one makes us want to scream with excitement. You know all those wishful fake renderings you see of phones that beam laser keyboards onto a desk and allow you to use them? Well…guys…it has come true. Sony have done it. You can play computer games, explore your surroundings on a map, you can play the freakin’ piano. We saw people pinch, zoom and play with content that was projected onto a surface and yes, we did feel like we were in Minority Report. So, what is it? It’s called Sony Xperia Touch and, honestly, we’re not really sure. It’s somewhere between a laptop and a tablet. It’s a small compact box – looks a bit like a (beautiful!) hard drive. It projects a super clear screen onto any flat surface, and the size can be adapted to be up to 23 inches for touch control, or 80 inches for gesture control. Incredibly sensitive and targeted motion sensors can see when you tap on things and respond just as if you’re typing on your phone. If you’re projecting onto a wall, you can use a pinching motion to create an on screen ‘mouse’, from which you can navigate, browse and switch between screens.
We wondered how it could be paired with your phone but as it has an Android system built in, there’s no need. You can do pretty much anything you’d do on your phone – you can even carry it round with you as it also has a built in battery (although we suspect that’s more to give it room-to-room flexibility, than predicting you would carry it around in your bag all day)
So, whether you want a fresh new way to remote play on your PS4, or a more inclusive and lifelike Skype scenario, this could be a nifty new option for you. Price points are still TBC, but according to Sony this product, after years of being in concept-mode, is ready to hit the shelves sooner than you think.
Goodbye Glass Screens?
We’ve seen a growing trend in buttons being phased out on flagship phones by various manufacturers, showing a growing dependency on intelligent touch sensors and voice. Are Sony’s accessories experiment even more future thinking? Will the glass screen eventually be replaced with full gesture control and integration with our natural surroundings? Only time will tell…