Microsoft has unveiled recently its first foray into the wearables market – the fitness tracker named simply ‘Microsoft Band’. And while it’s aimed at smartphone owners, we hope that it will work on Windows tablets, as well.
Microsoft’s hardware ambitions are getting more serious than ever, after the company has announced its first ever wearable device that will be commercially available to consumers – fitness tracker Microsoft Band.
Microsoft’s fitness tracker will sync to Windows tablets
The device will be available for a price of $199 and here’s a quick rundown of its main features:
- 1.4″ TFT capacitive touch panel with a resolution of 320 x 106
- dual 100mAh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer batteries – around 48 hours of normal use
- optical heart rate sensor, a 3-axis accelerometer/gyro, a gyrometer, a built-in GPS module, ambient light, UV and capacitive sensor, and two sensors for measuring skin temperature and “galvanic skin response”
- microphone, a haptic vibration motor, and a Bluetooth 4.0 LE chip
By using the Bluetooth 4.0 LE chip, the fitness trackers will sync its data to iPhones, some Android phones, and of course Windows Phone 8.1 devices. However, Microsoft didn’t say anything about Windows tablets,but my bet is that the Windows Store app will be universal. We will let you know once it hits the store.
The band will also make use of the Microsoft Health cloud-based service. Windows tablets, as well as Windows desktop devices and Macs will get the Microsoft Band Sync app that will allow users to get updates and restore the software on your band.