Lenovo doesn’t want to miss out on the wearable device trend, it seems. A couple of months after filings hinted that a Smartband was in the works, the unannounced activity tracker has surfaced at the FCC. Between photos and a user manual, the approval leaves little to the imagination. The Bluetooth-based device will keep tabs on your running, heart rate and sleep habits while syncing up with Android, iOS and Windows 8 devices.
It’s amazing that more than a decade after the rise of “gadget blogs,” gigantic international corporations still don’t tick the little “confidential” mark when submitting their gadgets for certification by the Federal Communications Commission. Keep it up, folks, it gives us peeks at upcoming hardware like the Lenovo SW-B100 Smartband. This wearable was previously spotted going through the Bluetooth SIG’s series of tests, and rumored for an IFA debut, which didn’t happen. The FCC’s tests and documentation vary from device to device, but in this case we get external and internal photos and a copy of the Smartband’s user manual. That implies that Lenovo is close to a retail release, or at least that they’re ready for one. Sorry to dash your hopes, but based on the photos and documents, it looks like the SW-B100 isn’t an Android Wear device.