Microsoft Band 2 receives new Explorer Tile, perfect companion for hiking

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Microsoft continues the series of updates for its health and fitness apps with the new Explorer Tile for Band 2. The Explorer Tile is specially designed to assist you during your hikes, the GPS maps your track while the small alerts make sure you stay hydrated.

Let’s go into more detail now. The GPS can track your hike for up to 12 hours thanks to its Power Saver feature. You can also add points of interests so that you receive alerts for important things such as stopping to grab a snack or drink some water. The beauty of the landscape can easily make you forget you need to fuel yourself from time to time.

The Points of Interest feature can also remind you to take your jacket on your way back from where you left it, will tell you what time the sun sets, as well as alert you of any weather changes based on atmospheric pressure. Speaking of weather, you can use one of these apps to check the weather before your go on a hiking trip.

The UV monitor notifies you when your UV exposure is high, so you can apply SPF while you’re out in the sun. You’ll get a nice mountain sun tan, not sun bruise.  If you stop for a rest, the Auto Pause feature will automatically detect you’ve stopped, and will resume collecting data again when you start moving.

If you are exploring on your own and you want to listen to some music, you can put your phone in your pocket and control the music app using your band’s touchscreen, skip tracks and adjust the volume without touching your phone.

The Explorer Tile also tracks the calories you’ve burned, your heart rate, absolute elevation and rate of ascent. You can easily get your bearings since the Tile shows your GPS coordinates on the screen. On your way back, you can follow the path you took to climb – this is a very useful feature especially if the sun set when you return. Speaking of which, towards the end of your hike, you get an alert about the sun setting time.

This Explorer Tile got me convinced, I’ll definitely take my Band 2 with me next time I go on a hike.

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