This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Sony's wena series of smartwatches is now available with the third generation of the wena 3. Pre-orders began today (October 1) and the watch is scheduled to go on sale on November 27. The wena 3 on its own will be priced directly at the Sony Store from 24,000 yen (excluding tax), not including the watch head.
The wena series can take the look and feel of a traditional analog watch to add the convenience of a smartwatch with Bluetooth and various sensors.
All the functions of the smartwatch are concentrated in the band, so the watch head can be replaced at will. By attaching the head of your watch to the band, you can easily convert your existing watch into a smartwatch.
For this third-generation model, wena 3, the brand name was changed from "wena wrist" to "wena". In addition, the components that were previously dispersed throughout the band have been integrated into a small module in the buckle. In other words, the small module in the buckle is the main body of the wena 3.
The module features a larger touch-enabled OLED display than its predecessor, allowing you to check your phone's notifications and weather forecast. The module is curved to follow the shape of the arm, and the OLED panel and battery have curved components to match it.
In addition, there are seven different end pieces available in every 1mm from 18-24mm. Compared to its predecessor, it can now be fitted to watch heads of various sizes.
Long-awaited Suica support is realized through JR East's open strategy
The long-awaited evolution of the wena 3 is the support for Suica. wena series has been equipped with FeliCa since its predecessor, and while you could use various cashless payment services, you couldn't use Suica.
It seems that the move to open up the Suica platform as JR East rolled out Rakuten Suica and other services has led to the wena's Suica support.
The Suica balance can be checked on the display in the module part. The balance can be recharged using the wena app on iOS / Android. In the unlikely event that the battery runs out of power, the module has a 24-hour backup power supply to allow you to use touch payments.
Commuter passes and mobile Suica green tickets cannot be used. This is because JR East has not included commuter passes and green tickets in its strategy to open up the service. Also, to use cashless payments (Rakuten Edy, ID, QUICPay, etc.) other than Suica, an iOS device is required during the initial setup.
The wena 3's activity tracking uses Sony's proprietary heart rate detection technology, which combines green and red light, to measure heart rate with high accuracy. Additional features include the ability to detect stress levels from heartbeat fluctuations and measure VO2 Max as an index of endurance.
The wena 3 also supports Amazon Alexa; simply talk to wena to control your Alexa-linked smart appliances. In addition, it also features MAMORIO, a loss prevention tag. If it gets lost, you can use MAMORIO's cloud tracking to try to retrieve it.
Three bands are available in metal, leather, or rubber. The original head to be attached to the wena 3 will be available separately, as well as a watch head designed by renowned Italian car designer Fabrizio Giugiaro.
Modules are sold to outside parties
With wena 3, the company is developing a business of selling modules to watch manufacturers. "There is a limit to the design and brand quality that Wena alone can provide," says a manager, by supplying modules to watchmakers, "we aim to provide people with wena included when they buy a new watch from the start," he says.
As part of this effort, Sony has partnered with Citizen, a supplier of watch movements (watch drive parts) to various brands, including Paul Smith. The company aims to sell modules through Citizen.
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