Ready to take on the Fitbit Force and Nike FuelBand, Sony’s pairing up its latest range of Xperia devices with a customisable, modular fitness band.
Sony’s SmartBand SWR10 is a lightweight and unassuming device, looking quite a lot like those rubber charity bands that were all the rage a few years back. Available in a range of colours, it’ll slip on without adding too much extra bulk to your wrist, and could sit comfortably alongside a wristwatch or jewellery.
The actual “band” part of the SmartBand SWR10 however is little more than a stretchy, rubbery decoration – the real brain of the device is a small removable module that squeezes into a small opening in the inside of the bracelet. Sony hopes that wearers will nab a couple of these additional bands (one for every outfit, right?), while the small cube housing sensors such as a pedometer and Bluetooth connectivity could potentially be used in any number of other accessories going forward.
Without an onboard display, the SmartBand SWR10 is paired with Sony’s LifeLog application in order for users to track all of its metrics. It’s a simple and clearly designed app that lets users check how far and where they’ve walked or ran during a day, as well as other daily “events” such as music listened to, pictures taken (and where) or movies watched. Some of these automatically noted events are dependent on them taking place on your phone of course – it won’t pick up that you’ve been watching the EastEnders omnibus on your Freeview box, for instance. But, with its animated timeline of daily events, it’s a pretty and passive, hands-off way of tracking a day’s general activities for those that can’t be bothered to write a proper diary. The SmartBand can also be customised to send vibrating notifications directly to your wrist, letting you know when a call or message has been received without needing to take your phone out.
Expected to land in April, the SmartBand SWR10 will cost around £80.