Sony unveils SmartBand 2, available in September

Wearable offers notifications as well as fitness and wellbeing tracking

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Sony unveils SmartBand 2, available in September The SmartBand 2 features an accelerometer and heart rate sensor
By  Tom Paye Published  August 20, 2015

Sony Mobile today unveiled the SmartBand 2, a wearable device that tracks various data on a user's fitness, wellbeing and stress levels.

Not quite a smartwatch, the SmartBand 2 only features an LED lights display, rather than a full-colour screen. However, it will still alert users to calls, messages or social notifications using vibrations and visual feedback through the LEDs.

"We set out to create the most advanced wearable at this section of the market - SmartBand 2 has the capability to deliver, and make biometric data meaningful for users within Lifelog" said Kaz Tajima, senior vice president and head of UX Creative Design and Planning at Sony Mobile.

"Not only does it represent a powerful vision of how consumers can learn more about themselves - it allows us to explore exciting new opportunities with development partners."

The SmartBand 2 features an accelerometer and heart rate sensor, which work together to monitor pulse and heart rate variability. It also automatically tracks activities such as walking, running and other workouts, mapping the user's heart rate alongside each activity. It'll even be suitable for swimming, thanks to the device's IP68 waterproofing.

The data can be visualised in Sony's Lifelog app, which the vendor said helps users keep track of progress.

The device also features a sleep detection function, as well as a smart alarm clock which will gently vibrate to wake the wearer up at the best time, based on his or her sleep cycle.

That said, the battery won't last forever - Sony claims the SmartBand 2 will last two days between charges. That means that some nights will be spent monitoring the user's sleep, while others will have to be spent charging up.

The device will be launched next month. UAE prices are currently unavailable, but Sony indicated that it would be around €119 (AED 488).

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