Sony Wena Watch has a Smart Wristband and Dumb Face
With much of the spotlight on the new Sony Xperia phones at the IFA 2015 in Berlin, few will remember the company also briefly mentioned the Sony Wena. The watch is listed on the company’s crowdfunding website for its employees – First Flight and shipping could start by March 2016 if the desired goal of 10 Million Japanese Yen ($82,450) is achieved.
Most of the magic of the Sony Wena comes from its wristband but not the display like most smartwatches. According to the Japanese company – Wena means Wear Electronic Naturally and for now the watch only works with iPhones (running iOS 8 and up) but not with Android devices yet or even any Sony Xperia phone.
Sony partnered with Japanese Watch maker, Citizen Watch Co. to make Wena a reality. Asides telling the time, the watch does these three basic functions: (1) delivering instant notifications through smart vibrations and customisable LED lights; (2) fitness andd activity tracking; and (3) making payments using the contact-less FeliCa payment standard in Japan thanks to the NFC chip in the wristband.
Did I mention the wristband does all the magic? Yes I did, the wristband has a separate special cradle for charging up, is detachable and needs to charged at least weekly. The main watch face which only tells the time lasts between 3 – 5 years.
There are two models of the Sony Wena – Three Hands and Chronograph. The Three Hands Model has a normal watch face and weighs 55 grams while the Chronograph model weighs 72.5 grams and has three separate dials for Hours, Minutes and Seconds.
Both models are IPX5/X7 certified and the wristband adds additional 72.5 grams to the weight. They are also available in Black and Silver colour options for a price starting at 39,800 Japanese Yen ($330) for the Three Hands Silver and goes up to 69,800 Japanese Yen ($580) for the Black Chronograph model.