updated 09:37 am EST, Tue January 7, 2014
Core sensor to track movement, social activities
After releasing its own SmartWatch, Sony has decided to move into the wearable tracker market. The SmartWear initiative will be made up of a range of devices for tracking a variety of items, with the diminutive Core acting as the central point for all collection activity, as well as a more conventional SmartBand fitness tracker housing to hold the sensor itself.
Sony Core and SmartBand
The Core itself is more a sensor than a wearable in its own right, with the general design requiring it to be attached to or housed inside another item. Just like other trackers, it connects to a smartphone over Bluetooth, and while it charges over microUSB, the lack of display and lights allows the battery to last for up to five days. Sony is also billing it more as a tracker for multiple aspects in life, not just for fitness, such as social activities or listening to music, with the accompanying Lifelog Android app to feed back the day's actions to the user.
The accompanying SmartBand acts like a holder for the Core on the wrist. The Core can be slipped on the inside, allowing it contact with the wrist itself, and protecting it from the elements, with the band appearing to have no display, no obvious buttons, nor feedback to the wearer. Rather than opting for the hard plastic of the Nike+ FuelBand SE or the plastic of other trackers, the SmartBand seems to have a textured finish and a silver clasp, making it look better than most other fitness trackers on the market.
Specifics of how the Core and the SmartBand will operate together, as well as Sony's overall plan for the Core, were not offered at CES. The company suggests that more details will be provided in the coming weeks, potentially at Mobile World Congress in February.