Sony’s Wena Wrist watch has an invisible smartwatch hiding in the metal band
Sony is no stranger when it comes to wearable technology as they introduced their maiden attempt at making an Android Wear powered smartwatch and fitness tracker. Now, they are on-course to making another smartwatch only for Apple devices (iOS 8.0 or higher), but through a detour. That by-pass being their own Japanese crowd-funding platform “First Flight” which has Wena Wrist up for funding. This chronograph is just another watch; that is until you reach the band section which has all the sensors to read your pulse or receive notifications from iPhone.
The smartwatch indicates notifications by sending vibrations or beaming LED lights in particular patterns and also directs all the data collected during the day on your smartphone to calculate your fitness tracking activities. That means you will be notified about incoming mails, social-networking activity or incoming calls instantly. While on the smartphone the log of your daily activity will be calculated with a compatible app. Also, you can use it with RFID contactless payment systems for making seamless payments the easiest possible way you can imagine.
On the exterior, Wena Wrist smartwatch looks very much like a high-end chronograph which gives it a very distinctive feel. The only thing lacking in this smartwatch (if I can call it) is the lack of a visual screen which can be a significant handicap for people used to seeing their smartphone/smartwatch/fitness tracker’s screen. Another surprising bit is that the watch is not going to be compatible with Sony’s own line-up of Android powered devices.
The project has already amassed the funding goal and will adorn the wrists of Japanese people who are very particular about their accessories and looks. The analog watch will come in two different models – Quartz Three Hands and Quartz Chronograph, Both in silver and premium black color options. The Chronograph model is expected to run for three years and the premium model for five, while the band will require charging with a compatible cradle every week.
The simple three hand model will carry a price tag of 34,800 Yen ($287 approx.) and the chronograph will set you back 69,800 Yen ($576 approx.) The expected shipping date of both watches is March 2016 and at that time we’ll see how it exactly looks like.