Sony Ericsson’s Itsy Bitsy Teeny Screeny

If you’re tired of having to actually get your phone out of your pocket to see text messages, emails or the constant stream of tedium from twitter and facebook then help is at hand in the small but perfectly formed LiveView from Sony Ericsson.

LiveView is a 1.3″ 128x 128 OLED touch screen that talks to any Android phone via bluetooth and displays a choice of information from texts, emails and the like as well as having the ability to be customised and accessed by android apps.  Sony Ericsson describe the LiveView as  “like an Android desktop widget but in physical form”, they say it will be available as a standalone device but it’s likely that it will also be bundled with phones, either by SE themselves or by networks and retailers.  LiveView will ship with a wristband so you can wear it as a watch and it also has a clip so you can fix it pretty much anywhere.  At time of writing there were no price details available, but the release date is tipped to be around the time that the Sont Experia X10 and other Sony Ericsson Phones are upgraded to Android 2.x.

So how useful will this actually be? It’s hard to say at this point, I guess it depends on what apps will work with it and what you want from such a device, it also depends on what level of two way functionality it will have with your phone – being able to reject calls from people you don’t want to talk to without getting your phone out of your pocket sounds good.

There’s the facility to control mp3 playback from the device, which I guess is cool, having facebook updates and twitter feeds constantly streamed to a watch type device will either be a boon or a nightmare, depending on your point of view – personally I can’t think of anything more annoying and distracting.  I guess if you are a stock broker than having live market data on your wrist might be useful, and perhaps having map data on it would be useful if you are walking round a strange city.

With such a small screen, I suppose that the old adage that it’s all about what you do with it holds true.

This does make me wonder though, if a second, smaller  screen for your phone is possible, why not a second larger screen? Rather than have a separate tablet device, why not just have a large touchscreen for your phone? I can’t be the first person to think of this, so – and you heard it here first – expect a big brother for the LiveView sometime soon.

There’s a you tube video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN2qoA0FfHQ&feature=player_embedded

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