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Sony SmartBand 2 gives more insights about fitness, well-being and stress levels

Steve Rogerson
August 25, 2015
 
Sony Mobile has announced SmartBand 2, a multi-sensor life-logger that provides full-scale insights about the wearer’s fitness, well-being and stress levels.
 
“We set out to create the most advanced wearable at this section of the market,” said Kaz Tajima, senior vice president of the Japanese company. “SmartBand 2 has the capability to deliver and make biometric data meaningful for users within Lifelog. 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.”
 
Inside the same SmartBand modular core form factor, SmartBand 2’s accelerometer and heart rate sensors work together to monitor pulse and heart rate variability, allowing users to gauge overall fitness, excitement and stress levels throughout the day.
 
It automatically tracks activities such as walking, running and other workouts while mapping heart rate alongside each activity. The company’s Lifelog app helps keep track of progress, with fun comparative insights, giving inspiring motivational prompts based on activity.
 
It also provides sleep insights, with automatic sleep detection – and the smart alarm clock function will gently vibrate to wake users up at the best time based on their sleep cycle.
 
The wristband ensures users never miss a call, message, email or tweet with subtle vibrating notifications and bright pulsing RGB LEDs. It can control the music on smartphones or tablets, with taps to play, pause and skip through tracks. And for those with Xperia smartphones or tablets, it will vibrate to alert users when they’re more than 10m from the connected device.
 
On charging, it reaches full battery capacity in around one hour, lasting up to two days.
 
With durable silicone casing and IP68 waterproofing – despite its cap-less Micro USB – SmartBand 2 can be worn anywhere and everywhere.
 
Designed at Sony’s creative centre sites in Sweden and Japan, it has sleek, subtle looks with an all-new metal clip, so it can be easily and securely fastened.
 
It will be available in black and white when it launches across 60 countries worldwide from September 2015. Pink and indigo version will be available shortly after. As it retains the same compact core footprint as SmartBand, users can wear the technology with original first and third party bands for greater choice.
 
It measures 40.7 by 15.3 by 9.5mm and weighs 25g. Requirements include at least Android 4.4 or iOS 8.2. It uses Bluetooth LE 4.0.