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There are zillions of smart bracelets, fitness trackers of all shapes and forms out there, and it’s hard to know what added value they offer besides tracking your steps, your running sessions and your sleep patterns. The most advanced have an integrated heart rate monitor, and for people who like to charge devices often, some feature a nice screen, colored or not. For me personally, they cannot do much, because I do not really run during my workouts, I mainly lift weights and until some manufacturers decide to add RFID tags on each weight to connect with fitness apps, they cannot track my sport activity accurately and completely automatically.

What sets the Sona Connected Bracelet apart from the rest of the crowd, is its unique high-end heart rate monitoring technology, which combines a cutting edge sensor with a wellness protocol, that was inspired by a method invented by the Russian scientific team who sent the first cosmonauts to space.

On top of the regular activity tracking capabilities offered by other fitness bands, the Sona Connected Bracelet provides a unique feature, based on Resonance, a paced breathing meditation method developed over decades of scientific research. Sona offersfive unique guided Resonance sessions, co-developed by scientists and Caeden, which aims at improving focus, calming anxiety, and improving overall stress response.

I played briefly with a prototype of the Sona, and here you can read my first impressions. Obviously, I cannot vouch for the overall quality and battery life of the final product. However, I am pretty enthusiastic about this smart and stylish bracelet, and I will update this hands-on review article when we will get a review unit. You can watch the video demo above to see how it works.

Key Features

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  • SoC / Processors: Dialog Semiconductor DA14580 16MHz; 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0; dedicated ST Micro STM32F401; 32 bit Arm Cortex-M4 sensor processor
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1 LE, 3 meters minimum range
  • Sensors: Dual ST Micro ultra low-power, high performance MEMS digital output 3-axis accelerometers; Patented photoplethysmography (PPG) biometric sensing system
  • Notifications: 4mm vibrating motor for call and text notifications
  • Storage: 16 MB flash memory, 10 days of continuous data
  • Battery: 80 mAh Lithium Polymer battery – up to 4 days of battery life in active use
  • Charger: Included magnetic charging cable – optional nightstand docking system (pre-order only)
  • Carrying pouch: included
  • Software: iOS app compatible with Apple Health Kit

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