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Sony SmartWatch Lets You Monitor Your Xperia From Your Wrist

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Nobody's ever really cracked the smart watch concept, but Sony's new offering pairs with either the Arc S or Xperia S to let you check email and messages on the move without getting out your phone — and it actually looks pretty good.

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While the concept isn't startling, Sony's offering looks like it could turn out to be useful. It stores up to 255 widgets, most of which will interact with your Android 2.1+ Sony smartphone, though some do work independently, reports The Verge from CES.

The concept obviously aims to reduce the number of times you have to take your phone out of your pocket, letting you check email, Facebook posts and the like from your wrist. Caller ID and battery status are also shown on the Smart Watch screen, and presumably other display items are customisable.

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The watch weighs 15.5g without a wristband and measures 36mm x 36mm x 8mm in size. It uses Bluetooth 3.0, packs an OLED display, and can go roughly one week between charges with low usage. That last point is pretty impressive — and means that this thing could actually be useful. No launch date as yet, but it should set you back $149. [The Verge and Pocket Lint]

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DISCUSSION

3 Reasons why this wont work:

1) Even though it lasts one week on one charge, but with a normal watch you do this every 2-3 years average. So its not an i-use-it-sometimes kind of thing. The Charging-time/usage quotio forces people to buy this only if they use it a lot, where nr.2 comes in

2) This is supposed to be targeted at "business"-class users. But with a plastic wristband they are attracting young people to buy this product. Someone in a suit will go for a more classy watch

3) This product isnt revolutionary! What would be awesome and a really good marketing strategy would be taking whats supposed to be "the future" (hint @ all manufacturers: watch what apple is advertising)! A great feature for a watch would be "Voice controll" ... Imagine talking to your watch which sends the voice data to your phone which most likely already featured a voice-recognition app and send your data back to you!