Whilst Sony did announce the new Z1 compact, they have also continued the trend of CES 2014 by announcing more wearable tech to go with their Smartwatch 2. The new Smartband and Core are similar in idea to the LG Lifeband but aren’t just about fitness and like the Smartwatch 2 and the new Pebble steel allow you to receive notifications from your phone.
The Lifeband itself is a comfortable looking rubber band that is held onto your wrist by a silver clasp, and is the first product in the Livewear range that is designed to hold the Core. The Core is the little white box you can see sitting on the inside of the band above that contains all the sensors and processing. There will be other options to carry the Core coming including a neck strap and more.
The Core itself features a battery stated to last for 5 days use, charged via a micro USB port on the side. The Core then connects wirelessly to your phone, and will be NFC compatible. The Core then logs all the usual fitness details like steps taken, calories burned etc as well as amount of sleep but it also gets a bit stalky.
The Lifeblog application that the Core sends the information to, will also let you see what photos you’ve taken and where, who you have spent time socialising with, music you’ve listened to and games you’ve played. If you want to capture a moment you can press a button and the Core will take a snapshot of everything going on on your phone at that moment, music playing, location, apps etc.
More details are expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress next month and we will keep you updated as and when we know more.
An exciting vision for smart, wearable user experience
Sony also underlined its commitment to the rapidly evolving wearable technology market. In addition to smartphones, Sony is outlining its new SmartWear Experience vision – an upcoming range of SmartWear products, with Xperia smartphones, and a new Lifelog application.
Standing for flexibility, the first product in the range is “SmartBand”. It offers life empowerment by logging daily activities and representing them visually in Sony’s Lifelog application: users can reminisce at the past, make the best of the present and plan for the future.
Life is more than the number of steps you take – the SmartWear Experience is about emotion as well as motion. Entertainment and information; how you feel as well as what you do. It’s about moving, and most importantly, being moved.
And, with open software and hardware, Sony is forging new in-market partnerships, to offer consumers more choice. Further details will follow in the coming weeks.
Sony is already a category leader in wearable technology, with the recently launchedSmartWatch 2, a sleek and capable companion device that works with Android smartphones from all manufacturers, already selling beyond expectations. Today Sony announced updates and additional applications for SmartWatch 2 – bringing the total to over 300 compatible applications, with many more in the pipeline thanks to a vibrant developer community using the open development platform supporting the device.
Sony also announces an addition to the family of 132 NFC-enabled accessories with the new ‘one-touch’ pairing Stereo Bluetooth headset in a stylish and splash proof neckband-style design. TheBluetooth wireless headset SBH-80 supports NFC, HD Voice and aptX, and features convenient controls for enjoying music as well as hands-free call handling.