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IFA: Sony unveils two new smart wearables

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Sep 2014 23:50

IFA: Sony unveils two new smart wearables Using the IFA event as their venue, Sony has unveiled two new smart wearables including an update to their line of smartwatches.
First, the company unveiled its new SmartWatch 3, an Android Wear sequel to its previous proprietary Android smartwatches. Sony says the watch will work as a standalone and will also sync to your Android Wear capable smartphone for better functionality.

The SmartWatch 3 has a 1.6 inch 320 x 320 LCD touch display, a stainless steel body, and IP68 dust and water-resistance. Under the hood is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 chip at 1.2GHz, 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. As is standard, the device has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, NFC, GPS, an ambient light sensor, accelerometer, magnetometer and a gyroscope. Most importantly is the microphone which allows for voice control.

Better than other current devices, the SW3 has a 420mAh battery good for 48 hours of usage. The watch is also extremely light at 38 grams.

Second, Sony introduced the SmartBand Talk, a fitness band used to monitor your movements and help you keep a log of your activities. The device has a 1.4 inch E-ink display (296 x 128) that can show you the time, synced notifications and the status of monitored activities. Since it doesn't need any major power, the device has an ARM Cortex-M4, 256KB RAM and Bluetooth 4.0 BLE and NFC. The band has a 70mAh battery and also has a microphone and speaker for some basic voice controls.

There is no word on pricing or availability as of yet.


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