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Sony SmartBand hands-on preview: video and image gallery

At CES last week we managed to get a little time with the Sony SmartBand, Sony's unique fitness tracker that is designed to communicate with the new Lifelog Android app.
January 13, 2014

At CES 2014 we saw quite a few companies show off their own attempts at wearable devices, including big names such as Intel and LG. Sony is no stranger to wearables, but at CES they also jumped in with something a bit different, a new wearable fitness tracking device by the name of the Sony Smartband.

At CES last week Darcy LaCouvee managed to get a closer look at the Sony’s new Smartband fitness wearable and a Sony rep was even kind enough to brief us on just some of the features we can expect from the new wearable.

While the primary focus of the Smartband is to track your fitness activities using their new Lifelog app, the experience goes much deeper than simply counting the calories burned or the steps that we take.

The Smartband actively communicates with our Android devices using the Lifelog app, recording not only data related to our fitness activities, but also information such as what songs we were listening to at specific times, our location at these times, entertainment details and more. You can even bookmark specific events and times by simply double-tapping on the Smartband.

The idea is that recording this information can help you make improvements in your workouts, such as knowing the songs that were playing when you performed your best time in a run — helping you create a playlist of songs that best motivate you.

The plan is to also use the Lifelog to keep track of all the important events in our lives, though Sony has yet to exactly detail what all they mean by this or how they intend to do it. Aside from being able to track information and bookmark events, the Smartband also has some other cool features such as the ability to control your music through a series of taps.

The SmartBand is expected to arrive sometime in Spring of 2014, though pricing has yet to be determined. Sony’s rep was clear that the company plans to price the device “very competitively with the market.” What do you think, would you be interested in the SmartBand if the price were right? Conversely, are you more intrigued by devices like LG’s Lifeband Touch?