Microsoft announces a $199 fitness tracker band: Microsoft Band

Microsoft announces a new fitness band called as the Microsoft Band, the first of its kind by the company. The Microsoft Band is equipped with 10 smart sensors including a UV sensor for sun exposure and a galvanic skin response measurement. It offers heart rate monitoring, fitness tracking, sleep quality tracking and more. Users can access Cortona, the personal voice assistant of Microsoft as well as the notifications from their smartphones like incoming calls, emails, texts right to the Microsoft Band.


Highlights of Microsoft Band

  • Guided Workouts: Maximize your fitness with a choice of expert-designed workouts that are just right for your needs.
  • 24-hour heart rate tracking: Monitor your heart rate 24 hours a day so you can perform at your best.
  • Sleep Tracking: See how long and how well you sleep and how often you wake.
  • GPS Run Mapping: Map the routes you’ve run, biked, or hiked and save your favorites.

Microsoft Band specifications

  • Band: size: width: 0.75″, thickness: 0.34″ (19mm x 8.7mm); Weight: (60 g)
  • Band materials: Thermal plastic elastomer
  • Display:AA size: 0.43″ x 1.30″ (11mm x 33mm), Touch-enabled TFT full-color display
  • Processor: ARM Cortex M4 MCU, 64MB internal storage
  • Sensors: Optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer/gyro, GPS, Ambient light sensor, Skin temperature sensor, UV sensor
  • Other technology: Microphone, Haptic vibration motor
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)
  • Water resistance: Sweat and splash-resistant
  • Battery: Type: 2 x 100mAh rechargeable Lithium ion with up to 48 hours of normal use
  • Connector: Magnetically coupled connector to USB
  • Compatibility: Windows Phone 8.1 update 3, iOS 7.1 and 8, Android 4.3 or later

Microsoft Health will work with UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper. It will soon have option to connect Microsoft Health data to HealthVault to share with your medical provider. The Microsoft Health platform  includes a cloud service for consumers and manufacturers to store and combine health and fitness data from different health and fitness devices and services in a single, secure location.

Microsoft Health app  is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The Microsoft Band is available in the US in limited quantities from the for $199 and would arrive in Microsoft Stores from October 30th.

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