Sony Introduces Water Resistant SmartBand 2
SmartBand 2 fitness tracker from Sony got an official showcase on Thursday. The band is made of silicon and will be available in vibrant colors. The colors available are black, white, pink and indigo.
The new fitness tracker will monitor the heart rate of the individual. Apart from the sensor, it comes with communicating feature that will tell the user when he gets a call, email, message or social media notification.
The tracker for the Sony SmartBand 2 can monitor heart rates during activities like walking and running. The band comes with automatic sleep detection and an alarm clock that will wake the user at the best time possible.
The SmartBand 2 from Sony will be compatible to Android 4.4 KitKat devices. The later version will be compatible with iOS 8.2 or later. When connected to a smartphone, the band can control the music.
According to Sony’s spokesman Anthony Devenish, “NFC connectivity is a key feature in our Xperia smartphones,” adding, “It allows for easy and quick connection with a single touch.”
Another notable feature of the SmartBand 2 is that it is water resistant. It can be submerged in the water up to three meters or 10 feet. However, the USB port is uncapped which can lead to some problems.
“We were able to water seal the external part between the slot and the core casing,” explained Devenish, adding, “We recommend users ensure the port is completely dry … before charging the device.”
UP4 jaw, another SmartBand from Jawbone, is not applicable for swimming. Angela McIntyre, a research director, at Gartner told TechNewsWorld, “Jawbone wasn’t able to make their band waterproof to swim with.”
Sony will be offering SmartBand 2 in 60 countries worldwide. However, United States will not get the product right away.