PREVIEW: IFA 2014 – Sony SmartBand Talk

IFA 2014 – An e-paper display that lasts for three days stars on this smartphone notification device

Live from the IFA 2014 trade show, Berlin, Germany

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Though it’s largely been lost in the scrum in Berlin, Sony’s SmartBand Talk could be a genuinely innovative addition to any trip. Essentially a cheap wearable device that has inside both a microphone and a speaker, the waterproof SmartBand Talk lets you take and make phone calls, and be alerted to both incoming calls and text messages.

For travel, the killer feature is is its three-day battery life. That’s thanks to its novel curved, 1.4-inch e-paper display that has a 288×128 pixel resolution. Also useful for all kinds of trips – including the commute – is the SmartBand Talk’s ability to play, pause and skip music tracks on a Bluetooth-connected smartphone.

Price as previewed: £130