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Sony announces Smartband Talk

Sony has taken the wraps off the Sony Smartband Talk, a successor to its original wearable, now equipped with an e-ink display.
September 3, 2014

The original SmartBand was met with fairly tepid reception when announced and released earlier this year, but Sony isn’t giving up on the idea just yet. At IFA they announced the new SmartBand Talk, a wearable that does many of the same physical activity tracking and life logging functions, but also adds a few new tricks thanks to its 1.4-inch e-paper display.

The new wearable can handle calls and control your phone with your voice, and there’s also things like notifications and more. Basically, it’s a wristband that also functions as a ‘basic’ smartwatch. In order to make even more use of the Lifelog platform that is designed to work with the wearable, Sony plans to open up the app’s API to 3rd party developers later this year.

Turning to the specs, the display has a resolution of 288 x 128, and other specs include an ARM Cortex-M4 CPU, 2MB memory and a 70mAh battery that will give up to 3 days of battery life — at least according to Sony. There’s also Bluetooth, NFC and Sony’s now-standard IP68 waterproof tech. No word on pricing or availability just yet, but we’ll be sure to update you when we learn more.

What do you think of the new Smartband Talk, are the improvements enough to finally make you consider it? Or still not quite impressed enough?