Microsoft has officially launched it’s first wearable device, called the Microsoft Band.
It is a smart watch, focusing on fitness, and runs on the company’s proprietary, Microsoft Health OS.
It can guide you through your workouts, track your sleep, monitor your heart rate 24 hours, and even has GPS for mapping your runs and walks.
And it’s just not about fitness too, it has some cool productivity features like email alerts and preview, calendar alerts, timer and alarm, and even the company’s popular voice based assistant, Cortana. If you have a Windows Phone 8.1 device you can use Cortana along with the Microsoft Band.
It is compatible with phones running on Windows Phone OS, Android and iOS devices, and supports text messaging, incoming call notification and voice mails, and notifications for social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
Technical Specifications of the Microsoft Band:
- Display: 1.4" TFT full color display (320 x 106 pixels)
- Battery: Dual 100 mAH batteries
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)
- Compatibility: Windows Phone 8.1 update with Bluetooth, iOS 7.1 and later: iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus and Android 4.3-4.4 phones, with Bluetooth.
- Sensors: Optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer/gyro, Gyrometer, GPS, Ambient light sensor, Skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, Capacitive sensor, Galvanic skin response, Microphone
- Misc: Dust- and splash-resistant
The Microsoft Band will cost $199, and will be available Online and in Microsoft Stores, starting October 30th in the US. You get a free ZAGG Screen Protector for Microsoft Band (worth $9.99), and a Complimentary $5 Starbucks gift card when you place the order for a Microsoft Band.