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Photographs, manual for Lenovo B100 Smartband appear in FCC filing

10/06, 9:09am

FCC listing shows cross-platform Lenovo fitness tracker with seven-day battery

A wearable device from Lenovo has appeared at the FCC, appearing to depict a form of fitness tracker. The Lenovo SW-B100 Smartband, pictured extensively in the filing, shows a watch strap with a narrow and flat area in the middle, with a basic LED or LCD display likely to be visible on the outside of the device when worn, while a sensor which could be a heart rate monitor is spied on the inside.

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Review: ActvContent Sync Smartband

09/29, 10:00pm

Band offers tracking, emergency health information with app, but limited functionality

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features for specific needs. Once such band is the ActvContent Sync Smartband, a wrist-worn device that allows tracking through a smartphone or quick access to medical information in the case of an emergency. But does the ActvContent Sync offer enough to warrant a purchase, or would users be better off spending their money on something with more features? Find out in our review.

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Sony launches SmartWatch 3, SmartBand Talk wearable devices

09/03, 12:03pm

SmartWatch 3 uses Android Wear, SmartBand Talk adds voice control

As expected, Sony has launched two wearable devices at IFA during its main press conference. The SmartWatch 3 continues the SmartWatch line but switches over to Android Wear rather than Sony's own software, while the SmartBand Talk is a lifelogger which adds a display and voice control to the previous model's spartan design.

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Sony SmartWatch 3, SmartBand Talk surface in pre-IFA render

08/31, 8:41pm

Two wearable devices may be launched at IFA this week

Sony's alleged update to its SmartWatch range may have surfaced, with the possibility of two launches rather than one. A render has surfaced showing the SmartWatch 3, though it is accompanied by what is believed to be a new fitness tracker called the SmartBand Talk, with the two potentially launching at IFA this coming week.

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Razer eyeing an October release date for the Nabu smartband

08/18, 3:32pm

Recent news indicates a fourth quarter launch, company states it's trying for October

A recent press released noted that Razer was looking to launch the Nabu smartband to consumers as early as the fourth quarter of 2014. A select number of developers and at least 1,000 Razer fans have been granted access to beta versions of the Nabu, but it appears that Razer is actually closer to a commercial release than previously thought.

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Razer Nabu beta program receives 250,000 sign-ups, extends deadline

07/08, 5:48pm

Overwhelming response from fans looking to grab one of 500 beta units

Those vying for a chance to beta test Razer's Nabu smartband might be facing some stiff competition. Razer reported today that more than 250,000 applications were submitted for a chance at getting one of the first 500 devices. The company also announced that it extended the deadline for applications until July 9 because of the high demand.

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Razer Nabu pushes into 500-unit limited beta test this July

06/12, 3:57pm

Fans can apply for a chance to test the device, purchase Nabu for one dollar

Razer is moving into its next phase of testing with the Nabu smartband, offering fans a chance to test the device before it goes on sale. The company posted on its website this week that it would be moving into a limited beta program starting in July. The test is setup to be extremely small in number, as well as the company being selective as to who it will allow to participate.

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Sony SmartBand officially available to North American customers

06/04, 6:51pm

Life tracker band launched globally in March, arrives late in the US at a price of $100

Sony announced a new life tracker band during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, but it is just now making available to all consumers in the United States. The Sony SmartBand SWR10 was originally announced as a March release. However, some buyers received it early, unable to use it when some retailers shipped it ahead of the Android app. Now, the device has been officially released by Sony with a $100 price tag.

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Hands on: Sony SmartBand

02/27, 7:54pm

Sony enters fitness tracker market with discrete wearable device

Sony initially unveiled its SmartBand wearable tracker at CES in January as the company's first foray into the fitness tracker market. Consisting of a rubberized band and a central and small Core sensor acting as the brain of the device, the tracker in theory performs all of the usual tracking functions of a fitness band, as well as handling other aspects of the wearer's life, such as music, when used with the accompanying Lifelog app. Electronista spent time at Sony's Mobile World Congress booth to try out the SmartBand.

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Sony launches Core life tracker sensor, SmartBand fitness wearable

01/07, 9:37am

Core sensor to track movement, social activities

After releasing its own SmartWatch, Sony has decided to move into the wearable tracker market. The SmartWear initiative will be made up of a range of devices for tracking a variety of items, with the diminutive Core acting as the central point for all collection activity, as well as a more conventional SmartBand fitness tracker housing to hold the sensor itself.

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