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Sony Ericsson Reveals Motion Activated Earbuds

Gordon Kelly


Sony Ericsson Reveals Motion Activated Earbuds

Last week a Sony teaser site proclaimed "Come back here on the 21st of September to see how the way you listen to music changes forever." We went back, it didn't - though it is kinda cool...

What we were served up is actually something pretty straightforward, but long overdue: motion sensing earphones. In short the 'MH907' buds have no buttons and detect whether you want to listen to music, pause it, answer or end a phone call.

How it does this is based on simple gestures. Put both buds in your ears to start the music playing, take out one bud to pause it. Plug in one bud to answer a call, take out that single bud to hang up. Interestingly, the MH907 detects conductive surfaces (in this case your ears) so random applied pressure - perhaps in a travel bag or pocket - won't see them answer your calls accidentally.

This is certainly cool stuff and I like the music gesture controls particularly. That said, I can see issues with the call gestures since a lot of people like to take calls in stereo with both buds in (especially in noisy environments). On top of this, the current system of tapping a button to end and call and return to your music seems easier than removing a single bud and having to put each bud back in again - especially on the move when you don't always have both hands free.

Naturally enough, Sony Ericsson hasn't placed a release timeframe or price on the MH907, though in time for Christmas would be likely. So the way we listen to music isn't exactly changed forever, but we are mildly titillated. The viral ad is also rather cool...


MH907 microsite


September 21, 2009, 6:39 pm

Just to be pedantic, I use headphones - therefore this doesn't change anything for me at all.

Fail Sony.


September 21, 2009, 6:40 pm

Seems stupid to me. Sometimes I only have one earbud in while listening to audio podcasts or if I'm walking in the street.. because it's a good idea to be able to hear traffic! Or for safety if I'm driving I only have one bud in (my car car stereo is broken). What's I'm listening to and what I want to do with my buds is none of my phone/mp3 player's business. It's hardly difficult to press a pause button.

Several times a day this product will be sure to piss of it's owner.


September 21, 2009, 6:44 pm

This seems to me to be an application looking for a home. Does anyone find it *that* difficult to hit buttons at the right time. I can imagine the novelty wearing off fairly quickly...


September 21, 2009, 7:34 pm

I bet they will come up with a plan that you can customise the settings one way or another..


September 21, 2009, 7:46 pm

I don't think I will ever spend money on these since I don't believe they'll "change" the way I listen to music. Pressing a button to take a phone call is far easier than first removing both earphones and then popping one back in again.

However, I absolutely loved the music. Does anyone know what it is?


September 21, 2009, 7:53 pm

@Evren - me too, was for the ad I'm afraid. There's a Making Of on the site itself.


September 21, 2009, 8:04 pm

That ad was horrific, if that is a masters degree in art we have no hope. The tune sucked seriously if you listen to that on your daily chores something is wrong.


September 21, 2009, 9:10 pm

Awesome - love the idea - and really nice to see Sony innovating again .. if the price is right i'll be definately getting a pair


September 21, 2009, 9:21 pm

Methinks that advert will end up being the best thing about these 'phones. Just my tuppence worth.


September 21, 2009, 10:06 pm

Love the idea. I hope S-E license the technology to other companies.


September 21, 2009, 10:10 pm

Such a lot of cynics! I agree that for "normal" listening this may be a little superfluous - but there are situations where this sort of technology could be useful. For example when I'm skiing, my access to my device is limited - and I can't press the buttons with my gloves on anyway. Similar story when I'm running.

I can also see this coming with a training mode - so you could customise you gestures. Not saying I'm sold yet, but I quite like the idea in principle.


September 21, 2009, 10:27 pm

What is that song? its awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 21, 2009, 10:38 pm

knowing sony ericsson, they'll use it as an excuse to keep their stupid and totally unnecessary fa(s)t port connector.

Tim Sutton

September 21, 2009, 10:46 pm

Gosh! This will be so much easier and more convenient than pressing a button.

Who DOESN'T dream of a day when the tyranny of easy to use and discreet controll methods is finally overthrown by just pulling out and plugging in various things into various orifices?

I heard that if you want to mute your music you just stick one of the 'phones up your *censored*


September 22, 2009, 12:13 am

Oh the cynic luddites here... Pulling out a headphone when talking to people (something I always do when paying for groceries) is far more convenient than removing the phone. It just makes sense. Sony needs to engineer this on their none-phone Walkmans as well.

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