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  • Microsoft Reveals Microsoft Band Wearable Device Ahead of Apple Watch


    According to Re/code, Microsoft’s Band fitness wearable device has been unveiled not long after it was revealed in the apps from the iOS and Mac App Store. The company has announced that the $199 device will go on sale starting tomorrow at retail locations as well as their online stores. It was just recently that Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed at the WSJD Live Conference that the Apple Watch would need to be recharged daily. After the announcement of this small detail, it is interesting to know that The Microsoft Band is said to last up to 48 hours on a single charge.

    Those who are interested in the new device, would be happy to know that you can wear it all day and all night, since it keeps track of sleep and physical activity. Similar to Apple’s focus on health in the recently released iPhone and iOS, Microsoft will be releasing Microsoft Health, a cloud-based service for health. Last but not least, Microsoft has stated that the features on the wearable device will expand and grow. They are looking to integrate payment support with the Band at some point in the future, along with tracking health and sleep influences from specific events.

    The wearable device comes ahead of the Cupertino-based company's Apple Watch debut. If interested, keep an eye out as it will cost you $199 from the company's website and online store.

    Source: Re/code
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Reveals Band Fitness Wearable Device Ahead of Apple Watch started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Looks cheap, no wonder it's 199.00 lol

      I like the (Link Bracelet) myself, but still debating on if i want to get one or not. If I did though?(Link Bracelet) would be it.

      Apple - Apple Watch
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      I think people like Fitbit should be concerned, as it is more to like that than an iWatch. This is apples to oranges.
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      It looks stupid.
    1. nakedcrook's Avatar
      nakedcrook -
      Quote Originally Posted by holyshnikes View Post
      It looks stupid.
      No, it is a minimalist design. This is a fitness band, hence the band design. It is intended to do a few things, such as monitor heart rate and movements.

      Now, the iWatch looks stupid - with its cluttered UI and tacky colors, it is a useless design.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by nakedcrook View Post
      No, it is a minimalist design. This is a fitness band, hence the band design. It is intended to do a few things, such as monitor heart rate and movements.

      Now, the iWatch looks stupid - with its cluttered UI and tacky colors, it is a useless design.
      Your comment is no better than the one you quoted. If we use your logic, all wristwatches are of a 'useless design'.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      So, it sounds more like a fitness band than a smart watch. In terms of true smart watches like Apple Watch or Samsung Gear daily charging can kind of be forgiven since you can simply charge it nightly when you go to bed, like most people do with phones. It's not an issue, because you're not really meant to wear it to bed.

      But with a 24/7 fitness band, MUCH more use time is needed because you don't want to constantly miss out on tracking vitals while it's charging. A fitness band type device like this should easily get 4-7 days on a charge.

      Quote Originally Posted by nakedcrook View Post
      No, it is a minimalist design. This is a fitness band, hence the band design. It is intended to do a few things, such as monitor heart rate and movements.

      Now, the iWatch looks stupid - with its cluttered UI and tacky colors, it is a useless design.
      As opposed to the cleaner, more simple Android Wear, right?

      Funny how the scripts have flipped on this from the fanboy nations. It used to be that Apple called Android a tacky, cluttered UI, and Android users called iOS a oversimplified child's toy because it didn't have as much "stuff" in the UI as Android.

      You fanboys are hilarious and pathetic.
    1. pulsecub's Avatar
      pulsecub -
      Yes indeedie, Troll Central in the comments...

      To fanboys of all persuasions: Are you really all that insecure about your allegiances that you need to make disparaging comments about everything that's not your brand of choice? You reveal more about yourself than anything else when you comment like this.

      (sigh)

      I actually tried on one of these at the Microsoft store. It's a bit thicker than I'd like, but given all the sensors, the batteries, and the functionality (yes, it will work with iOS devices and Android devices) is intriguing. One of the nicest things about it is I can look at text messages, and see who is calling without having to pull my phone out of it's belt-holster; especially nice because I often don't hear/feel my phone when I get a message or call. Since Band actually hugs your wrist (for some of the sensors to work), it's hard to miss an alert, and that's a good thing for me.

      Am I going to buy one? Not right away. I want to see the Apple Watch in person before I buy yet another "fitness device" (I've tried the Nike, the Jawbone, the FitBit and one other).

      Just remember, this is a first-generation device. No one, not even Apple, get's a first generation device perfect. But Microsoft is breaking some new ground here with some of the new sensors, and that is good for the market in general because it will force other manufacturers -- Apple included -- to examine their own devices and react accordingly.

      I say "good luck" to Microsoft!
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      I'm just curious what some of the new sensors are that would be so groundbreaking.