You read it right, Microsoft has recently made it official that their first wearable device for this generation will be labeled the Microsoft Health band. The band will be released this Thursday.
The gadget itself resembles a thin line nano-like smartwatch but functions much differently. According to Microsoft reps, it’s basically a Bluetooth bracelet loaded with a slew of sensors that include heart rate monitors 3-axis accelerometers, skin response, UV lighting, and a gyroscope to track movement. The band also includes other useful features such as a fully functional GPS system, rumble features, and microphone so it can be used concurrently with your phone.
Microsoft’s health band touch screen measures at very slim 1.4 inches with a 320 X 106 resolution that is able to show maps and display alerts. The device also hold 2 100mAH batteries that give it approximately 48 hours’ worth of “normal use” according to Microsoft. Charge time is approximately 1.5 hours by its magnetic USB charger. Beta testers have mentioned that the GPS features and other wireless functions could potentially take that time down, but the amount of time given on a single charge is still quite impressive.
On top of the main health monitoring features, the Band will act much like an advanced smartwatch. It can send and receive text as well as incoming calls as well as be compatible with many apps. In many cases, it has the ability out of the box to load apps such as credit card apps and barcode readers so one could pay for items such as Starbucks on the go. The majority of the Bands compatible apps would consist of health beneficial apps that will work with most OS’s on the market as well but will be specifically made for the Band’s features in mind.
The apps for the Band are only part of the device. The other part is Microsoft Health apps series. The series that will be released with the Band will be compatible with IOS, Android, and of course, Windows Phones. As mentioned, the apps will work fine on other devices, but will be specifically made for the Band and it’s advanced proprietary sensors. In this case, the apps will keep track and monitor your everyday vitals: how much you sleep, your internal rhythms/pulse, your temperature, and your overall movements. Its apps can suggest what you can do in order to improve any oddities it detects with it’s sensors while generally helping you with your personal wellbeing.
The Band will work with the cloud services, so it has the ability to better manage what you could do on the fly. That being said, It’ll be able to sync with other related personal feeds including social media.
The Microsoft Band will be releasing tonight on Thursday, October 30th to the general public with a price of $199 . The Band includes 10 sensors and a variety of extras that will be supported with a slew of first and third party developers at launch.
For more info on the Microsoft Health Band, check out their official site at http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-band/en-us