Japan's Sony wants to fully enter the wearable or wearable technology market. But she wants to do it in a different way. At least with your Sony SmartBand SWR10 bracelet . A gadget for measuring the physical activity of the user but not focused only healthy living. And it is that this bracelet or smart band also offers other functions such as remote control or to notify the news received on the mobile through a vibration. We discuss it in detail below.
It is certainly one of its strengths. And it is that it transmits good sensations both to the eye and to the touch. It is a very fine and elegant bracelet , with simple lines that adapt to both men and women, and that serves as a style accessory both when practicing sports and when wearing street clothes. This is helped by its plastic strap with a scratched texture, which offers a feeling of resistance and flexibility . A simple design that only shows a widening in the area where the core of the bracelet, its brain, is included , and that stands out for the round-shaped metal clasp with the Sony logo. The bracelet alone measures 250 mm (214 its reduced version) and has a weight of21 grams .
It must be understood that the SmartBand SWR10 is made up of the aforementioned strap or bracelet and its core. A small rectangular device measuring 40.7 x 15.3 x 7.8 mm and weighing 6 grams that houses the sensors that are capable of measuring user activity. That is why the possibilities to carry this activity meter with you are very varied. Even so, Sony has presented a whole collection of straps in blue, orange, purple, yellow, white, lilac, green, pink and black , in which, in some cases, two colors are combined on the inside and outside so that the bracelet is even more attractive.
Additionally, Sony has engaged with other design-focused companies to create SmartBand concepts with new lines, styles, and colors. Along with this is a specially created design for the 2014 FIFA World Cup . So it is possible that in the near future new proposals will be presented with which to dress the core offered by the Sony wearable experience .
All this without forgetting that it is a device that qualified with the IP58 standard , which means that it is resistant to water and dust , except for its micro USB port through which its battery is charged. Therefore it is designed to be worn 24 hours a day, even in the shower.
Regarding the use of this smart bracelet or activity meter, it must be taken into account that it is not an independent device. Not at least one hundred percent. So you need an Android device and the Lifelog application that Sony has specially developed to collect and present all the information for the user. In this way, simply by linking both devices by touching them (NFC) or directly via Bluetooth, it is possible to get the most out of the SmartBand SWR 10.
With this, this activity meter is able to record the physical activity of the user thanks to its sensors. Thus, it is able to recognize each movement to act as a pedometer and record the user's daily movement. In addition, it can also recognize whether the user is walking, running or cycling . Questions that allow an approximate calculation of calorie consumption. Along with this, in addition, and if the SmartBand SWR10 is worn during the night , it is also capable of recording activity during sleep, to know at what time you rested the most or if there has been any movement during the night.
All this information is fed into the Lifelog application where a colorful animation shows the user's activity for the day. It also has detailed information to count steps , see calories, etc. All this divided by colors and sections, in addition to the commented representation through animation.
The curious thing about this device is that it not only focuses on the user's physical activity, offering other functions and possibilities far from exercise itself. Thus it is possible to record leisure and recreation moments such as photos taken with the terminal, recording the when and where. Everything to see it through the application.
Finally, the SmartBand SWR 10 also acts as a remote control for some of the terminal functions. Its vibrator allows you to notify the user of notifications and incoming calls on the phone. In addition, it allows you to pause and skip songs in the WALKMAN application . Points in favor that offer more functionalities beyond the mere measurement of physical activity.
Power and memory
The SmartBand SWR10 also has a brain or chip that allows it to manage the sensors and collect the information in its memory, despite its small size. Therefore has a processor ARM Cortex-M0 bit 32 which is supported in a memory RAM of 16Kb to run smoothly.
In addition, it has a small storage space to save the collected data. It is a 256 kb Flash memory . More than enough to save the user's physical activity before sending it to the mobile.
Within the core of the SmartBand SWR10 of Sony are various sensors and connectors to record all user activity. Thus, it is possible to find a Bluetooth 4.0 transmitter , capable of sharing information with a frequency lower than 3Mbp s without consuming a lot of the battery. Along with this, it also has an NFC sensor that allows you to pair the bracelet and the terminal with a single touch of both. Finally, it has a micro-USB port , although it is intended only for charging the battery, without allowing data transmission.
For visual reference, there are also three white LED indicators on one side of the SmartBand SWR10 core to mark power, functions, and notifications.
Autonomy and availability
A key point that must be addressed with these devices is autonomy. And it is of little use to wear a nice smart bracelet if it does not have a battery. That is why Sony has included a 35 mA lithium polymer battery capable of charging in about an hour and which gives the SmartBand SWR10 life for five days in normal use .
The Sony bracelet or activity meter will hit European stores from March . At the moment only in black, although there will be new colors to exchange the core later.
The SmartBand SWR10 is more than an activity meter. A wearable device (that wears on) with a great design and that thanks to its interchangeable core can be used in different modalities. All it designed to record physical activity everyday life of the user, but without focusing solely on exercise. And it is capable of measuring sleep activity to wake up the user at the right time. All this powered by the Lifelog application with which to get the most out of it.
|Model||Sony SmartBand SWR10|
|Dimensions and weight||Core: 40.7 × 15.3 × 7.8mm 6 grams|
Bracelet: 250 mm 21 grams
|Features||Physical activity meter|
Remote control for WALKMAN app
|Power and memory||ARM Cortex-M0 32 bit process|
16 kB RAM
256 kB flash capacity
|Requirements||Bluetooth V4.0 LE and Android 4.4|
|Autonomy||35 mAh Li-Po battery|
Up to 5 days of normal use