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Microsoft has announced their latest gadget, launching them into the market of wearable devices. The Microsoft Band was designed especially to be compatible with the Windows Phone but the great news is that it works on all operating systems, including Android and iOs.
The Microsoft Band comes with plenty of cool features, although it’s not something we haven’t seen before on wearable devices like wrist bands, smartwatches or fitness trackers.
The Microsoft Band feature step tracking, GPS and a cool heart rate monitor. It comes with a color touch screen, just like any other smart smartwatch.
The Microsoft Band has a plastic strap that can be adjusted, it’s dust and water resistant and comes with two lithium ion polymer batteries of 100mAh, which can be recharged, of course. The batteries of the new The Microsoft Band last approximately 48 hours in standby mode.
The Microsoft Band has a GPS that will monitor your route whenever you’re out jugging or riding your bike. It has a stop watch and a lap timer which you can set when you are on the track. The Microsoft Band lets you set a target for the calories you want to burn and the number of steps you want to run throughout the day. When you’re not working out Microsoft Band monitors your heart rate, records your sleep and checks the ultra violet levels when you’re out at the beach.
The data collected on the Microsoft Band is synced with the Microsoft Health app and is compatible with other fitness apps as well. You can link it with MapMyFitness, RunKeeper or MyFitnessPal.
The Microsoft Band works with Windows Phone’s personal voice-controlled assistant Cortana and you can talk to it to set reminders or take important notes. Cortana will keep you updated on information like weather and traffic conditions or the latest sports results.
Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker, price and availability
Microsoft Band is compatible with Windows Phone 8.1, iOS 7.1 and Android 4.3 or 4.4.
Microsoft Band costs $199 and is available in the US starting today. Release dates and prices for Australia and the UK haven’t been announced yet.