The Japanese Sony wants to jump in the market for wearables or technology that you can dress. But it wants to do it differently at least with its Sony SmartBand SWR10 bracelet. A gadget for measuring physical activity of the user but not focused only to the healthy life. And this smart bracelet or band also provides functions such as remote control or to report the news received at the mobile using a vibration. We discuss in detail below.
It is certainly one of its strengths. And it conveys good feelings both sight and touch. It is a very fine and elegant bracelet with simple lines that cater to both men and women, and serves as a complement to style both when going to practice sport as when dressed street. To this helps the plastic strap striped texture, feeling providing strength and flexibility. It is a simple design that only shows a widening in the area where the core is included bracelet, your brain, and noted for the metal pin in round shape with the Sony logo. The bracelet itself measures 250 mm (214 its reduced version) and has a weight of 21 grams.
Understand that the SmartBand SWR10 is formed by the strap or bracelet and discussed its core. A small rectangular device 15.3 x 40.7 x 7.8 mm and 6 grams of weight that keeps the sensors are capable of measuring user activity. That is why the possibilities for bring this activity meter are varied. Still, Sony has introduced a collection of belts in blue, orange, purple, yellow, white, purple, green, pink and black color, in which, in some cases two colors combine on the inside and outside to bracelet even more appealing.
In addition, Sony has contacted other companies focusing on design concepts to create SmartBand with new lines, styles and colors. Along with this there is a design created especially for the World Cup FIFA 2014. So it is possible that in the near future with new proposals to dress the core offering wearable experience Sony arise.
Not forgetting that this is a device rated to IP58 standard, which means it is resistant to water and dust, except for its micro USB port through its battery is charging. Therefore is designed to be worn 24 hours a day, even in the shower.
Regarding the use of this smart bracelet or activity meter, keep in mind this is not a standalone device at least not one hundred percent. So you need an Android device and Sony Lifelog application specially developed to collect and present all the information to the user. Thus, with only link two devices by touching them (NFC) or directly via Bluetooth, you can get the most out of SmartBand SWR 10.
Thus this activity meter is able to record the physical activity of the user thanks to its sensors. This is able to recognize every movement to act as a pedometer and count the daily movement of the user. In addition, you can also recognize if the user scrolls walking, running or cycling. Questions allow an estimate of calorie intake. Along with this, too, and if it takes the SmartBand SWR10 overnight, it is also able to record activity during sleep, for what times rested more or if there has been some movement overnight.
All this information turns to Lifelog application where a colorful animation shows user activity day. It also has detailed information to count steps, see the calories, etc.. All divided by colors and sections, in addition to the annotated representation through animation.
The curious thing about this device is that it not only focuses on the physical activity of the user, offering other features and remote possibilities of the exercise itself. Thus it is possible to record the moment’s amenities as photos taken with the terminal, recording when and where. All are to see it through the application.
Finally, the SWR SmartBand 10 also acts as a remote control for some functions of the terminal. Its Vibrator allows you to alert the user of incoming calls and notifications on the phone. Also allows you to pause and change songs on WALKMAN application. Pros offer more functionality beyond the mere measurement of physical activity.
The SmartBand SWR10 also has a brain or chip that allows you to manage the sensors and collect the information in its memory, despite its small size. This processor features an ARM Cortex-M0 32-bit is supported by a 16Kb RAM to run smoothly.
It also has a small storage space to store the collected data. It is a type Flash memory of 256 kb. It is more than enough to keep the physical activity of the user before sending it to the phone.
Within the core of the SmartBand SWR10 of Sony various sensors and connectors are to be able to record all user activity. So you might find a Bluetooth 4.0 capable of sharing information with a lower frequency to 3Mbp s without making a big drain on the battery transmitter. Along with this also has an NFC sensor to match the bracelet and the terminal with a touch of both. Finally has a micro-USB port, but intended solely for charging the battery without allowing data transmission.
As a visual reference, on one side of the core SmartBand SWR10 there are three LEDs to mark targets on the functions and notifications.