06
Jan
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Sony understands wearables, for the company's no stranger to Bluetooth headsets, earbuds, and, more recently, smartwatches. Now it's hitting CES with a new vision of SmartWear, a.k.a, basically whatever Sony makes that can pair with a phone and fit comfortable on, or in, your body. The most interesting of the newly unveiled gadgets is the SmartBand, a FitBit Flex-style bracelet that logs your activities throughout the day. It's thin, safe to wear in the shower, and has enough battery life to last for up to five days.

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Wearing a SmartBand isn't entirely a passive experience. The bracelet has buttons that you can use to toggle music on your paired phone. It can also interact with the Lifelog companion app that displays all of the data it gathers about you.

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The SmartBand is joined by Sony's wireless SBH80 Bluetooth headset. It supports NFC, HD Voice, and aptX. This product is aimed at providing an improved music listening experience in between those hands-free phone calls.

Headset1

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Sony also snuck in some information about its recently launched SmartWatch 2. No, there isn't word of a new version, but the current model has received some unspecified updates. There are also additional apps available, bringing the total up to over 300 apps globally (around 250 in the US).

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Stay tuned for more details, such as whether there will be limits to which devices the SmartBand can pair with, in the coming weeks.

Source: [1],[2]

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    I know they aren't really all that similar, but I think the SmartBand looks so much more interesting than Samsung's S-whatever activity stuff from last year. Most of this stuff looks really usable.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    The stats-compulsive in me kinda loves the smartband, but... The thing is kinda creepy too.

  • JC

    I still think that the Lg Tones+ are better, I don't think it looks right to have your ear buds just hanging like they are shown in the picture

  • Mike Reid

    I'm wary of firmware updates for Sony wearables now.

    There are BT connection problems in the last update for the MW1 BT headset, and it doesn't appear they will ever update again. Can't even go back to the old firmware.

  • Joe Detracktor

    For a solution to cell phone tracking, spying, eavesdropping, stalking and hacking search youtube for detracktor.

  • hocestquisumus

    OK... fitness tracker or complete and limitless surveillance? That's the vibe I get from these wearables. Especially ones that are designed to be on you 24/7.

  • didibus

    Sony has a very solid line up of mobile devices, I just don't understand where is their marketing? If they advertised like LG and Samsung, they'd sell so much more.

  • http://playdreamcreate.com/ Miguel Angel

    As an SBH20 user. I'm dissapointed they haven't announced any updates design with larger battery ..

  • aldo

    we need the sony smart watch 3 with camera and speaker when please that is the only thing missing in the smart watch 2.