Wearable technology is becoming part of many people's lives, with fitness the main focus for designers at the moment.
Sony's offering in this market is the SmartBand, a wristband that synchs with your phone to track how many steps you take, the number of calories you burn each day and how well you sleep.
It's very simple to set up - just tap it against your Android phone to get them "talking" to each other and download the Lifelog app when prompted.
The wristband's sensor tucks into the top of the strap and there is one adjustable button to do up. The band is light and discreet, so after a few hours you forget you are wearing it. It's waterproof, too, so you can keep it on all the time if you wish.
The key to the product is the free Lifelog app. This is where you'll spend your time. Lifelog looks good, and its basic functions are easy to use. It gives a visual display of a timeline and your activity, with boxes monitoring your steps, calories, kilometres walked and more. It goes beyond just fitness.
You can monitor time spent on social networks and photos taken, though I'm not sure why you'd want to know that unless you were trying to curb an addiction.
You can also make goals for each category.
So if you want to join the 10,000-a-day step club, then set your target and get walking.
It can become quite addictive checking your progress throughout the day, though it can also be a bit depressing to realise you only walk for a total of 15 minutes on your "busy" day.
It gives a fun element to monitoring your life and it's great to wear to give yourself a reality check on what you do each day. However, be prepared for some sobering stats.
The Smartband is available from Sony stockists for $169.95.
- The Dominion Post