Sony’s SmartBand 2 will track your stress levels

Sony’s SmartBand 2 will track your stress levels

Sony introduced its second generation SmartBand today – the SmartBand 2.

Pegged to be more than just a fitness tracker, the company describes it as a ‘lifelogger’. The biggest update from its predecessor is the addition of a heart-rate monitor and its lack of a display. The SmartBand 2 relies on colorful LED lights and vibrations to notify you about missed calls, messages, emails and tweets.

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Working with all Sony Xperia phones (running 4.4 KitKat or higher), and iOS devices on iOS 8.2 or higher, the band will stay connected as long as you are within a 10 meter range of your phone whilst wearing it.

The SmartBand 2 uses a combination of an accelerometer and optical heart-rate sensor to measure your pulse and its variability in order to determine your fitness, mood and stress levels throughout the day. It also acts as a sleep tracker while you’re having a snooze and can be set to gently wake you up at an optimal time.

The band is dust-protected and can be submerged in water (up to 3 meters) for 30 minutes, which might not be enough for a diver but should be sufficient for casual swimmers or a day at the beach.

All of the information gathered by the band is stored in the accompanying Sony Lifelog app and illustrated in charts that are pretty easy to interpret.

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Sony claims the battery should last two full days and can be fully recharged in one hour.

The SmartBand 2 will be available globally in September (no specific date just yet) and will cost $132. It will only be available in black and white at launch, pink and indigo versions will be released at a later date as well.

➤ Sony introduces next generation SmartBand 2 [Sony]

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