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Sony will launch its new SmartBand fitness tracker next month

Sony announces its new fitness tracker, the SmartBand

By: Anthony Garreffa from Feb 24, 2014 @ 9:24 CST

MWC 2014 - Sony unveiled two great looking devices today at MWC 2014, the Xperia Z2 smartphone and Xperia Z2 Tablet, but the fitness tracking market just saw an entry from the Japanese giant. Introducing the Sony SmartBand.


Sony's SmartBand is powered by the company's new Core fitness tracker, which will come with a Lifelog app. Sony's new wearable will track your physical activity and movements throughout the day, but the Lifelog app is where things change. Sony's Lifelog app will save the places you visit, songs you've listened to, games you've played, books you've read, and much more.

This is referred to by Sony as the SmartWear Experience, with the SmartBand being the start of this new wearable journey for the company. The SmartBand is waterproof, is capable of measuring your sleep cycle, waking you up at the ideal time each morning, and will notify you of incoming calls, and activity coming in from social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Where the SmartBand is unique, is that there is no screen on Sony's wearable; instead, it does everything through vibrations. To see the notifications physically, you'll require your smartphone, which is what Lifelog is for. Sony is promising "open hardware" as well as an open software ecosystem, too. We should expect the SmartBand to be released next month in as many as 60 countries.


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