Sony Ericsson has announced, in the manner of someone who thinks they may be on to something, what it claims are the world's first motion-activated headphones.
Stuffing the MH907 earbuds in your lugholes starts music playback automatically, while removing one of them will pause the track. So if you're listening to Little Lion Man by the glorious Mumford & Sons and someone interrupts you -- damn them! -- removing an earbud will temporarily stop music playback so you don't need to press the pause button on your Sony Ericsson phone or the headphones' in-line control.
Son Eric apparently achieves this via capacitive sensing technology -- it makes use of your skin (your ears in this case) as an electrical conduit. Aside from music playback, you can perform the same actions for answering and ending calls.
The MH907 works with most Sony Ericsson mobiles with a Fast Port connector and comes in yellow and white, and 'Titan Chrome' shades. No word yet on when they'll go on sale.
While this is far from revolutionary, the MH907 headphones do provide
some convenience and may well turn out to be very intuitive -- we'll
have to find out more when we get our hands on a unit.