One of the features I use the most on my music player is the auto-pause feature that automatically pause your music when you pull the 3.5mm jack out of the device. With it being a touch screen device, it’s so much faster than fishing the player up from the pocket and pausing it. Still, it could be a lot fast – Sony Ericsson MH907 shows exactly how.
The MH907 has a built in motion sensor that noticed when you take out the earbuds. To start playing music, you plug both earbuds into your ears. To pause the music, or to answer a call, you simply take one of the earbuds out. To hang up and go back to music playing you plug it back in. Sony Ericsson says it requires “body contact” to work (aka a small electrical charge, same concept as capacitive touch screens) so it won’t activate randomly in your pocket. Unfortunately this will only work with Sony Ericsson phones and it probably isn’t the best sounding IEMs out there, but I have to say the concept is both simple and genius. I pop out one earbud to talk to people all the time, and have it automatically pause when doing so would be simply awesome. We can only hope this will come to MP3 players as well, though it’s unlikely since it’s most likely a patented technology and it would require the player to support it. Maybe we’ll see it in Sony WalkMan players if we’re lucky.