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This article was published on August 31, 2015

Sony’s latest smartwatch doesn’t have a display

Sony’s latest smartwatch doesn’t have a display
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and culture. Hit him up on Twitter, or write in: [email protected].

Sony’s latest project on First Flight — the company’s own crowdfunding platform for customers in Japan — is a smartwatch that’s much more like a traditional chronograph than anything else on the market. It doesn’t even have a digital display.

The Wena Wrist (which stands for ‘Wear Electronics Naturally’) lets allows for NFC wallet payments using the Japanese FeliCa standard, notifications from your phone through vibrations and an LED alert light, as well as activity tracking. Its components are housed in a large segment on its band.

The Wena Wrist allows NFC payments
The Wena Wrist allows NFC payments

The Verge notes that the Wena only works with iOS devices. Sony says the smart band will last a week on a single charge, while the timepiece itself will go a lot longer.

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The standard ‘Three Hands’ has a regular watch face and should run for three years on its battery, while the Chronograph model is rated at five years.

The Wena Wrist Three Hands in silver (left); the Chronograph in Premium Black (right)
The Wena Wrist Three Hands in silver (left); the Chronograph in Premium Black (right)

The company says it will begin shipping the Wena wrist next March, with prices starting at $287 (¥34,800) for a silver Three Hands version. A Premium Black Chronograph will set you back by about $576 (¥69,800).

Sony Wena Wrist [First Flight via The Verge]

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