Sony this past week took the wraps off a crazy and new TV remote control with a full-sized built-in speaker. Needless to say, this is likely the biggest and most ridiculous TV remote you're ever going to see. While we can certainly appreciate the idea behind this contraption, it certainly won't win any awards for industrial design anytime soon.
Sony this past year partnered up with a Japanese robotics company called ZMP to establish a new drone company called Aerosense. While the joint partnership understandably raised a few eyebrows at first, Sony believes that it can leverage its expertise in camera and communications technologies to make an impact in the burgeoning drone market.
On Monday, Sony released video footage of a drone prototype borne out of its relationship with ZMP. Suffice it to say, this isn't your everyday $150 Quadcopter. And trust us when we say that that's a good thing.
For the first time in the history of the Instant Game Collection, PS4 owners were able to pick one of the two games they're getting for free in September. Between Grow Home, Armello and Zombie Vikings, Grow Home unsurprisingly won out (which makes sense since it's already been well-received by PC gamers).
It’s that time again. We’re building up to IFA in Berlin. Sony, like many other tech companies, are wanting to get on the “hype train”. They have been doing that very well with rumours of the Z5 range, however today I bring you news of an actual thing that you can actually buy.
Today I bring you the Sony SmartBand 2.
I’ve used the older Smartband extensively and, although it was OK, it was a bit … “meh”. So much so that it’s now been replaced by my Pebble Time (review coming soon). There were some things that the Smartband did very well but I just never really trusted the accuracy levels as it was essentially just an accelerator that measured the movement of your wrist.
This where the SmartBand 2 comes to it own. Firstly it has got a redesigned buckle, therefore the blasted thing won’t come off your wrist as easily as its predecessor (I lost one this way).
Secondly and perhaps more importantly, it has a heart rate sensor built into the “core”. This works in a similar way to those used on the Microsoft Band that I reviewed. This time around the sensor is closed off so that it will maintain its ruggedness. It receives an IP 68 rating, meaning that it can be used in the pool and worn in the shower etc. It also means that if you use it while on a sweaty run in the beautiful British weather (read, rain) you don’t have to worry about it getting wet. Sony take the ruggedness of their wearables very seriously. This has been showcased up and down the country this summer by their sponsorship of Tough Mudder.
Thirdly, Sony have decided to make their SmartBand 2 available on iOS from version 8.2 and above.
I look forward to getting a chance to test this version of the SmartBand as I think it will make things a bit more accurate due to the heart rate being monitored. I just hope that it doesn’t display the bugs that the Microsoft Band had, and that it is more comfortable than it as well.
I will be getting some hands on time with this at the upcoming IFA 2015 event in a few short weeks, so check back to see what we think.
Sony introduces next generation SmartBand 2
· Second generation SmartBand features an advanced heart rate sensor, delivering meaningful insights about your fitness, well-being and stress levels1
· Never miss a call, message, email or social notification with subtle vibrations and visual feedback through colorful LEDs
· Ready for 24/7 wear in interchangeable Black, White, Pink and Indigo durable silicone rubber styles, with IP68 waterproofing2
· Open compatibility with any device running Android 4.4 (KitKat) onwards and iOS 8.2
· Launches across 60 countries worldwide for around 119 EUR, from September 20153
London, 20th August 2015 – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today announced SmartBand 2, a multi-sensor lifelogger that provides full-scale insights about your fitness, well-being and stress levels.
“We set out to create the most advanced wearable at this section of the market – SmartBand 2 has the capability to deliver, and make biometric data meaningful for users within Lifelog” said Kaz Tajima, Senior Vice President, Head of UX Creative Design and Planning at Sony Mobile Communications. “Not only does it represent a powerful vision of how consumers can learn more about themselves – it allows us to explore exciting new opportunities with development partners.”
Your heart, well-being and stress levels
Inside the same SmartBand modular “core” form factor, SmartBand 2’saccelerometer and heart rate sensors work together to monitor pulse and heart rate variability, allowing you to gauge overall fitness, excitement and stress levels throughout the day.
SmartBand 2 automatically tracks activities such as walking, running and other workouts whilst mapping your heart-rate alongside each activity. Sony’s popularLifelog app helps you keep track of progress, with fun comparative insights, giving you inspiring motivational prompts based on your activity.
You’ll be able to enjoy a better night’s rest, as SmartBand 2 provides sleep insights, with automatic sleep detection – and the smart alarm clock function will gently vibrate to wake you up at the best time based on your sleep cycle.
Live smarter, with intelligent notifications and connectivity
SmartBand 2 ensures you never miss a call, message, email or tweet with subtle vibrating notifications and bright pulsing RGB LEDs. It allows you to easily control the music on your smartphone or tablet, with simple taps to play, pause and skip through tracks.
You’ll also never lose your Xperia smartphone or tablet as SmartBand 2 will vibrate to alert you when you’re more than 10 meters from the connected device.
And, SmartBand 2 reaches full battery capacity in around one hour, lasting up to 2 days4.
With durable silicone casing, up to 2 days battery life, and IP68 waterproofing – despite its cap-less microUSB – SmartBand 2 can be worn anywhere and everywhere.
Designed at Sony’s Creative Center sites in Sweden and Japan, SmartBand 2 has sleek, subtle looks with an all-new metal clip, so it can be easily and securely fastened.
SmartBand 2 will be available in Black and White at launch, and two additional vibrant colours shortly after – Pink and Indigo. As it retains the same compact “core” footprint as SmartBand, you can wear the technology with original first and third party bands for greater choice.
SmartBand 2 launches across 60 countries worldwide for around 119 EUR, from September 2015.
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Are you a Metal Gear Solid fan? So much so that you bought an MGS edition PS4, and have no trouble making sense of the series' frequently intricate plots? You'll want to hit up your favorite Japanese exporter, then. Sony has unveiled a legion of limited edition Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain devices, all of which come with game-themed cases, engravings, sounds and wallpaper. Some are more extravagant than others, though. The Xperia J1 Compact phone, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Xperia Z4 Tablet we can understand, but there are also Phantom Pain versions of the Walkman A16 and audiophile-oriented Walkman ZX2. Yes, you too can demonstrate your fondness for stealth action by buying a soon-to-be-obsolete MP3 player -- something tells us that these models won't be wildly popular.
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Source: Sony (translated)
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Amazon doesn't just have one deal of the day, it also has a bonus deal each day... and today's bonus deal is most certainly a good one. You can grab a truly solid pair of headphones for a great price in the bonus deal. We are talking about the Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones, and they are up for grabs at 50% off the full retail price with free Prime shipping.
IFA is nearly upon us, and rumours on what to expect from the event are starting to reach us.
The latest news (from a reliable source) involves several devices which Sony are expected to announce at the event. These are the Z5, Z5 Compact and the Z5 Ultra. Screen sizes are said to be 5.2″ and 4.7″ and 5.5″ respectively..
Each device will feature a finger print reader on this side where the current lower button is, an improved camera (the same camera featured on the m5) and Android 5.1.1. The devices won’t however feature a Micro USB 3 connector.
We are also expecting a new Smartband featuring an additional heart rate monitor which will use the same technology as the Microsoft Band. This will also drop with a new app to take advantage of the new features.
Will Sony have any surprises up their sleeve? Watch this space! We’ll be LIVE from IFA with all the latest.
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Every month for the past several years, Sony has released a selection of free PS3 games for PlayStation Plus subscribers. PS Vita and PS4 games were added to the list after the launch of those consoles, and now Sony is mixing it up once again by allowing PS4 owners to vote for one of the games they'll receive for free beginning next month.
PlayStation Now is Sony’s Game Streaming Service aimed at providing a library of PlayStation games to internet connected devices.
PlayStation Now works by performing all the processing on a centrally hosted server and streaming the images to your device, whilst collecting your input and sending it back to the server. It turns the PlayStation into a device independent platform rather than a hardware based system.
This month Sony expanded the range of compatible devices to include the PS Vita, a mobile device. It’s surely only a matter of time before a mobile phone version of PlayStation Now is released, so I was keen to see how it worked in practice.
Grabbing my normally redundant Vita I went and rented Uncharted 2, and after I recovered from the price I started playing through this classic.
Testing PlayStation Now on the PS Vita shows off the potential that the service brings, as PS3 quality graphics and audio are delivered to the small screen without apparent lag. To achieve this a good quality WiFi connection is required, and the service won’t run unless an appropriate quality connection is available. Although adding to the mobile potential, it’s possible to get a very good experience using a strong 4G signal as an internet source.
You will occasionally notice that a few tricks are being deployed in order to maintain a consistent frame rate. Backgrounds sometimes become hazy as the focus stays on foreground activity, and some colour compression takes place but it’s subtle and doesn’t impact on the overall experience.
The built-in hardware controls and touchscreen on the PS Vita are used to replicate a PS3 control pad. On other supported devices you can connect a Sony Joypad for that genuine feeling.
It all sounds great so far, but there is currently a big problem with the service and that’s the business model.
Bearing in mind that you can buy a physical copy of a number of the titles on offer for just a couple of quid, the service feels very expensive.
To rent Uncharted 2 it costs £7.99 for 30 days, and there’s no access to any previous digital purchases – which is pretty crazy, but as the service is still in beta hopefully this will change.
Overall PlayStation Now is a very good gaming experience and has certainly made my PS Vita relevant again, it’s clear to me that if Sony expanded the service to include iOS & Android devices and get the pricing model right, then PlayStation Now could change the face of mobile gaming.
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