Sony took the wraps off its new SmartBand 2 this morning, a health and lifestyle fitness band that will launch in September for around 119 EUR. The goal of the new SmartBand 2 is to not only look appealing with its variety of colors, but to provide “full-scale insights about your fitness, well-being, and stress levels.”
Sony included an accelerometer and heart rate sensor to monitor pulse and heart rate “variability,” which they think allows them to “gauge overall fitness, excitement and stress levels throughout the day.” That’s a pretty bold idea to grasp, but hey, the more data crunching in wearables we can do, the better, in my opinion.
The new SmartBand 2 automatically tracks activities (walking, running and “other” workouts), keeps track of it all in the Lifelog companion app, and may even help you rest better with sleep insights. It will also vibrate your wrist and ping you with LEDs for calls, messages, Tweets, and emails.
You can fully charge the SmartBand 2 in around an hour. It should last around 2 days on a single charge.