MWC 2014: Sony's fitness-tracking SmartBand to launch in March with open-source platform in tow


At the MWC 2014, Sony also gave us a glimpse of its new SmartBand that will be launched worldwide in March. It is the same device that we’d seen at the CES last month. The SmartBand is powered by company’s Core fitness tracker and also serves as a music remote control, for making Life Bookmarks using the Lifelog app and more.

 

Sony has promised an open source platform for the SmartBand, and is working with several partners to come up with some more concepts, according to TheVerge. The SmartBand will be coming to 60 countries next month. It is also expected to be available in a plethora of colours.

 

At the event, the company also gave a glimpse of its Lifelog app that will work in tandem with the fitness band. The app will also release next month, alongside the fitness accessory. Apart from tracking fitness elements, the app basically lets you simply log everything that goes in your life, from places you’ve visited to books you’ve read.

 

Just like Sony’s new flagship smartphone and tablet, the SmartBand offers water resistant capability. The device will also measure your sleep cycle, a feature that is likely to be seen in Huawei and Apple smartwatches. The device supports Bluetooth as well as NFC to help pair it with Android phones. Unlike most smartwatches, Sony SmartBand doesn’t include a display. So, you won’t be able to view phone notifications, and it’s the reason why Sony will reportedly be marketing the device simply for tracking fitness.


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