Sony’s Xperia Ear wearable voice assistant will be available in December for $200

The Xperia Ear has existed in some form or another for some time now, but up until this year’s IFA, the strange little wearable looked to be little more than a concept. Next month, Sony will put its money where its mouth is, releasing the device via Amazon on December 13, just in time for a last-minute holiday gift, with further availability following at retailers like Fry’s, Abt and B&H.

Priced at $200, the Ear is designed to compete with the likes of Amazon’s Echo and Google Home, cramming that personal assistant functionality into a form factor that most closely resembles a Bluetooth earpiece. So you can look like an important business person from circa 2000.

In this case, the hardware is powered by Sony’s own Agent assistant. The design offers a more on-the-go take on things, designed around functionality like calendar reminders, driving directions and text messages. It has a variety of sensors built in, so users can, say, nod to affirm a command, making them look slightly less crazy than just talking to themselves in public.

The ear promises a full day of battery life, according to Sony’s specs and is, naturally, designed to work best with its own Xperia handsets.