At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, Sony unveiled what it’s calling the “tiniest gadget Sony has ever made” — a small, lightweight sensor called a Core.
The device is part of the company’s new SmartWear line, a series of products dedicated to seamlessly integrating users’ physical and social activity. How many miles did you walk today? How heavily did you toss and turn in your sleep last night? What was the temperature when you snapped that photo of your friends at the beach? The Core, when worn inside a wristband, hat, or other compatible accessory, can record these “life bookmarks” at the push of a tiny button. A Sony-developed mobile application called LifeLog can then take those bookmarks and compile your very own daily journal.
Though Sony is advertising the Core in conjunction with a bracelet called the SmartBand, the idea is that any third-party company could create unique wearable cases and uses for Core technology. The sensor itself is where the magic happens. It’s waterproof and connects to smart phones via Bluetooth. Its battery lasts up to five days. When synced with a smart phone, it can be set to vibrate when a call comes in or to skip to your next music. We don’t know much about the technology just yet, but its potential is promising.
Sony was intentionally vague about its Core and SmartBrand products at CES, but the company has promised to reveal more details next month at the Mobile World Conference. Until then, check out the Smartband video below.