Last year Microsoft released the Microsoft Band, which was designed to help people take control of health and fitness in a more personalized way – from seasoned athletes to those renewing their commitment to fitness. At their #Windows10Devices event today, Microsoft showed off an updated version of the Microsoft Band.
The new Microsoft Band evolved from incorporating customer feedback, and pushing the product innovation to improve the experience for the end user. With a new design that’s flexible and breathable, it’s optimized for the individual that goes to work and also enjoys working out. The Microsoft Band has a curved screen with optimized size, and utilizes scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 4.
Cortana integration has been added, allowing much more flexibility in the tasks you can perform on the Band, and Microsoft has also added a barometer sensor – for 11 total sensors including GPS, and UV monitoring – which allows users to measure elevation changes in real time. Microsoft Health still collects the typical health and fitness stats, including exercise and sleep habits, and the big addition to the device and tracking is VO2 max – which calculates the maximum amount of oxygen your body can process in one minute. Microsoft was quick to point out that the Microsoft Band is the ONLY fitness band to include this.
Golfers will love some of the new functionality in the Microsoft Band as the company demonstrated golf integration. The device can track your shots and knows if you are putting, driving, or taking practice swings – and it knows when you are taking a practice swing and doesn’t add it to your score. Speaking of score, it knows what hole you’re on, the distance to the pin, and of course keeps that all important golf score for you.
The Microsoft Band will work with iOS, Android, and Windows devices. In addition to their many partners including myfitnesspal, Men’s Fitness, Strava, Brooks, Facebook, runkeeper, UBER, TaylorMade, Subway, and more, Microsoft announced that one of the top fitness tracker apps in the world, LoseIt, was jumping on board with Microsoft Band as well.
The Microsoft Band will be available for pre-order later today at a price of $249, and will be available on October 30th.
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