Sony is giving its Dick Tracy impersonation another try.
On Thursday, the Japanese electronics giant is announcing the SmartWatch, its second souped-up timepiece. Like its predecessor, the new wrist accessory is designed as a companion to a phone rather than a standalone product.
When paired with an Android phone (from Sony or another maker), the phone lets users read their email and texts, check the weather, and decide whether to pick up the phone when they see who is calling. The newest incarnation adds the latest version of Bluetooth, an OLED screen with multitouch capability, and support for mini-application widgets.