Big things are about to happen this year for Sony Ericsson as promised during the Consumer Electronics show (CES) 2011. A video released by Markus Hansson, currently employed by Sony Ericsson, on YouTube announced the company’s integration of Ant+ technology on their smartphone models. This is going to be the first time for smartphones to be integrated with Ant+.
To understand what Ant+ is we must first know what ANT is. ANT is a wireless sensor network that enables wireless devices to communicate with each other. Ant+ basically adds more function to ANT so that it is easier to manage the transfer and collection of data from various devices. Areas that benefit from this are sports, home health and wellness.
What advantages do we get with Ant+ on our Xperia phones? Athletes or those involved in sports activities will benefit from this the most since you will now be able to track your performance such as heart rate or number of steps taken with the use of your phone. All you have to do is install an Ant+ app in your Xperia phone and link it with an Ant+ sensor device such as a heart rate monitor or a pedometer.
The Xperia Arc will have Ant+ enabled during its release. This second quarter the Xperia X10 mini, X10 mini pro and X8 will have a software update which should enable Ant+ technology.