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Microsoft unveils $199 Microsoft Band, a wearable fitness device

Microsoft has unveiled its first wearable device that can track a user’s sleep and exercise as well as connect to a health service on smartphones. The Microsoft Band will retail for $199 (P8,800) on the company’s online store. The device can operate for two days on a single charge and has 10 sensors that can track heart rate, calories, stress and even a person’s sun exposure.

It marks Microsoft’s latest push into digital health after its medical record initiative HealthVault in 2007.  “This is just the beginning of a multi-year vision for Microsoft in the health & fitness and wearables category,” the company said in an emailed statement.  “We want to enter this space in a deliberate and measured fashion and as such are launching first in the United States.”

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Microsoft Band Specifications:

  • 1.4-inch TFT (320 x 106) full color display
  • ARM Cortex M4 MCU
  • 64MB internal storage
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Optical heart rate sensor
  • 3-axis accelerometer/gyro
  • Gyrometer
  • GPS
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Skin temperature sensor
  • UV sensor
  • Capacitive sensor
  • Galvanic skin response
  • Microphone
  • Haptic vibration motor
  • 2 x 100mAh Li-Ion battery (48 hours battery life)
  • Dust and splash resistant
  • Thermal plastic elastomer with adjustable fit clasp

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The Microsoft Band has a price tag of $199 (P8,800) and works with Windows Phone, iPhone, and Android. International availability is yet to be announced.


10 comments

  1. I’d just feel like Big Brother was watching me with this watch.

  2. I agree with Sarah I would feel like I was being watched .Although I like it I would feel like another device for us to be watched or tracked with 🙁

  3. Darlene Ysaguirre

    I think this is an amazing product for someone who lives or wants to live and active lifestyle. Right now i own a fitbit band like this and it works great but it doesn’t have all the features that this one offers such as the sun exposure and the heart rate monitor which would be nice.

  4. I love the great features of this awesome product – especially the heart-rate, skin temperature, and UV sensors! This could prove very helpful to me in my quest for improved health!

  5. I justt saw Microsoft tweet about this and took a look via their link. I am impressed by this and all of the functions it has. I think they are also doing it at the right time- right before the Holidays and also after bugs were worked out with other devices such as the FitBit. I like Microsoft, and I think people will find it user friendly.

  6. Sheryl An Mungcal

    nice,.

  7. that is great news for the health buff!

  8. I wish I had time to use one of these. It would sure help me in my health. I like the review on this.

  9. i want to get one of these but they are quite expensive. i’ll wait until the price comes down. i already have the fuel band.

  10. it is amazing how much tech can be in such a small band I read the other day where a fit bit can even guage your sleeping habits etc

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