First seen yesterday, the Microsoft Band can now be purchased inside the US for $199, being compatible with Windows Phone 8. 1, Android (version 4. 3 or newer), and iOS (7. 1 and 8). The Band is really a smart fitness tracker developed by Microsoft for “people who wish to live healthier and turn into more productive. ” It will help you set and achieve fitness goals, track your sleep, and in many cases monitor your heart rate. Moreover, the Microsoft Band allows you to stay connected on a glance, providing quick notifications : emails, calls, texts, or updates from social networking sites.
You’ll got to download the Microsoft Health app (from Windows Phone Store, Google Play, or Apple App Store) to link the Band within your smartphone or tablet. On Windows Phone, the Band is integrated with Cortana. The new wearable device has quite plenty of sensors inside, including : optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, gyrometer, GPS, ambient light sensor, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, capacitive sensor, and galvanic skin response sensor.
Additional features : a 0. 43 x 1. 3 inches display, Bluetooth 4. 0 LE, haptic vibration motor, and two 100 mAh batteries (which together give a usage time of nearly 48 hours). The Band weighs 60 grams, being sweat- and splash-resistant. You can purchase yourself a Microsoft Band from Microsoft Store - both online, and via retail locations. Microsoft is offering a free 2-week Gold’s Gym trial, and also a $5 Starbucks gift card to all buyers. So, who's getting one?