Sony unveils SmartBand and Lifelog app at CES 2014

January 6, 2014
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We already knew going into CES that wearables would be at least a secondary focus for quite a few companies, and Sony was no exception. Tonight Sony introduced a new direction for wearables, with its plans for next-gen ‘SmartWear’.

Using a small device called the Core, Sony hopes to create all sorts of new SmartWear products both under its own brand and potentially with partners. In short, these products are designed to enhance our life by syncing with a special new Android app called Lifelog.

What’s Lifelog? You could think of it as a fitness tracking app, but Sony hopes for it to be so much more than that. The idea is that it will work with SmartWear to not only gauge things like the amount of calories your burn or the steps you take in a day, but also as a way to track and organize important events and moments in your life.

Although we will likely see many unique products working with Lifelog, for now Sony has only unveiled one: the Smartband.

The Smartband is expected to log “daily activities and [represent] them visually in Sony’s lifelog application: users can reminisce at the past, make the best of the present and plan for the future.” Aside from working similarly to something like a FitBit, the Smartband can also control your smartphone’s music selection and more.

Here’s a video better explaining both what the Smartband is, and how it will work with Lifelog:

Bottom-line, Sony has a new vision for wearables, even if they aren’t ready to share all the details just yet. From the sounds of it, we can expect to hear even more about the Core, Lifelog and Sony’s next-gen wearables in February at MWC.

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