New activity trackers could make a splash for swimmersSony's SmartBand 2 and Misfit's Speedo Shine put new strokes on the tired activity tracker. Also, a report says Apple may be making some changes to its retail stores.
There are some new ways to track your activity in the pool. I'm Bridget Carey, this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] In case you don't already have a [UNKNOWN], Fitbit, Misfit, or Jawbone abandoned in a dresser To drawer at home. Here comes Sony with another way to track of your daily movement quotas. Sony unveiled the SmartBand2. And what stands out here is that it's waterproof for swimming and it tracks your heart rate. You don't always see both of those features together. There's no screen, instead it just vibrates and flashes little LED lights at you to get your attention. You can get a vibration to let you know when someone's calling or it can wake you up in the morning. After monitoring your sleep movement at night. You can also tap it to skip ahead or pause and play music. Now since there's no screen you can manage it all through an app on iPhone or Android. It's listed as having a battery that lasts for two days, and you can switch out the sensor to fit into different color bands, just like the FitBit. It's on sale sometime in September, heading to 60 countries for around 120 Euro. Which comes to about $135. If you're interested in that you may wanna look at Basis Peak. It's also waterproof for swimming with a heart rate monitor. It costs more. It's at a retail price of $200 and that's because it does a little more. And it has the screen. And swimmers may also be interested in the Misfit Shine which is now selling a swimmers addition. Misfit is a step counter and a sleep tracker that is waterproof and you can attach it to wristbands, jewelry, your shoe, a belt clip. The Swimmers' edition is called Speedo Shine. What a name. It's $80, which is $10 more than a normal Misfit Shine, even though it basically looks the same. And that's because it comes with an extra band, a magnetic clip, and an action clip for swimming. It's also programmed with special Speedo firmware that is better at counting your swim laps and there's a little LED screen too on the back so maybe you don't have to keep checking your phone in the middle of a swim session to see how you're doing. It comes out September first and you can find it online at misfit.com or speedousa.com and Apple store. And speaking of Apple stores, if you visit a retail location next week, you may notice some changes. With where the iPods are stored. The blog 9to5Mac says it has intel from store managers, that iPods will be moved to the accessory section. So you can just pick one off the rack instead of it being displayed on a table and needing an employee to fetch one out from the back for you to buy. Apple also made a change to the Apple Watch. It's also reported that maybe you don't need to go through the process of making an appointment to try it on. You can just walk up to try it on in a store. And that probably has to do with how crowded it is in the store. That's it for this Tech News update. And you can dive in deeper at CNET.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [SOUND] [MUSIC]