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Sony Ericsson LiveView: Keeping you constantly in the loop

People carry phones. People wear watches. What if, thought Sony Ericsson, people’s watches could interact with their mobile phones? And so was born the LiveView.

The LiveView is a small (3.5 x 3.5x 1.1cm) touchscreen device that slips on the wrist and mirrors the activities of your Android mobile phone. If you get a text message, you can read it. If someone’s calling you, it’ll say who. If you use Twitter, Facebook or RSS, updates will be piped to the wrist-ware.

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The idea is that in our always-on and communication-saturated world, you’ll be able to instantly receive all your updates, but only have to bother with your phone when you need to reply.

While removing a phone from a pocket isn’t an enormous task, just think how many times a day a Facebook-tag steals your attention from something you were engrossed in.

As well as keeping you updated, the LiveView also keeps you in control. For music playback, it works as a remote to stop the music, change the track or adjust the volume level. Perfect for plugging your phone into a stereo and controlling the sounds from your sofa.

It’s also got a “find your phone” option, as well as a calendar reminder and, like any good wrist-device, the date and time.
The most interesting feature, however, is the full Android support.Third-parties will be able to develop for the device. It could be used as a remote for a SNES emulator, or an instant-update button for Facebook places. Even a panic button, dialling 999 when pressed. The possibilities are limited only by the small screen and limited number of buttons.
Full Android support also means that it is not restricted to Sony Ericsson mobiles, either. Any smartphone running Android 2.0 or above can benefit from the LiveView.

The device has a 10m Bluetooth range, a battery-life of around four days per charge and boasts a 1.3″ OLED display (128 x 128). It also comes with a clip for taking it off the wrist-strap and wearing it elsewhere (although where else you’d want it, we’re not too sure). It’ll be available from Q4 2010.

Although a unique idea, if they’d only made it work as a Bluetooth headset we’d be sold. Oh, and if it looked nicer. Brushed steel, anyone?