Sony Ericsson has introduced a small device for Android phones that enables users to remotely change music tracks or view Twitter and Facebook updates.
With a supplied clip and wrist band, the Liveview can be worn on the wrists like a watch, and thus save you the trouble of having to reach all the way into your pocket and take out your phone.
The Liveview connects via Bluetooth, measures 35 x 35 x 11 millimetres and features a 1.3in display, with two physical buttons and four on screen soft keys. It can display your incoming SMS messages, Facebook and Twitter updates, RSS feeds, CallerID for incoming calls, and remarkably, the time.
Liveview will work with any Android smarphone running version 2.0 or higher, which ironically leaves Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 and Xperia X10 mini out of the picture as they are still stuck on Android 1.6. However, a 2.1 update for these phones is due at the end of the October, so our mirth over this will be shortlived – and they are listed as compatible on the Sony Ericsson web site.
We can envision some situations where the Liveview would be useful – such as keeping you alerted when you’ve left your phone in your bag or all the way on the table in the other side of the room – but until we try it, it sounds a little on the gimmicky side. We’re put in mind of the late, great, Douglas Adams, who famously observed that the human race is “so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea”. We have nothing more to add.