Kunimasa Suzuki, president and CEO of Sony Mobile Communications, holds a Sony Core during a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Health monitoring wristbands steal the show at CES

A wearable gadget monitoring sleep patterns and social interactions of users developed by Sony has been introduced in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show as part of a surge of health-monitoring wristbands. 

Named the Core, the gadget – a small waterproof rectangle – could be worn as a part of a bracelet, necklace or simply carried in a wallet, keeping track of the users life including his sleep habits, socialising, how many movies the user has watched or what music has he or she been listening to.

The Core device, equipped with sensors, communicates wirelessly with Sony’s Lifelog app, which can recommend suitable activities or changes in behaviour with physical and mental health of the user in mind.

“With our Core system we help you track your digital lifestyle, calories and motion but also music listening, video watching and photography can all be tracked through the application," explained Philip Boyle, senior manager at Sony Electronics.

Separately, Sony has introduced a prototype of a tennis sensor that could be attached to the bottom of a racket. Using vibration and motion sensors, the device gathers data about the speed, angle and strength with which the racket hits the ball, sending all the information to a smartphone for evaluation.

With the health-monitoring wristbands gaining momentum and being largely tipped the next big thing in wearable technology, companies are already competing to attract the public’s interest with their creations.

During the CES, South Korean technology giant LG Electronics has launched the Lifeband Touch device that monitors the user's heartbeat, calorie consumption and movement, but also enables receiving phone calls and controlling music.

Computer games manufacturer Razer has introduced its Nabu wristband, capable of counting the number of steps taken, stairs climbed and hours slept. The device communicates with iOS or Android phones to alert the wearer to incoming calls, alarms and social media updates.

It boasts two OLED notification screens, one on the outside of the wrist and one on the inside for more privacy, as well as sensors to track data and band-to-band communication abilities.

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