Microsoft has joined the league of Apple and others of launching the wearable gadgets. It has announced the very new smart fitness tracker “Microsoft Band” which is apparently one of the most anticipated gadgets of the time. It will be available for purchase in the US and would cost $199 from the Microsoft Store. The company has also launched a health platform similar to Apple HealthKit — Microsoft Health.
The Microsoft band will be equipped with 10 smart sensors that would have a 24 hour heart rate monitoring along with calorie burn measurement and advanced sleep quality tracking. The band will also showcase the guided workouts created by Gold’s Gym, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle & Fitness.
The users will also get regular notifications about the incoming calls, emails, texts and social updates. The users of the smart band will have the advantage access to Cortana as well.
A new platform, Microsoft Health has also been launched recently will possess a cloud service for customers and industry in order to collect and combine the health and fitness data to assist the health freaks. This new app will be available on platforms such as Android, iOS and windows phones.
The data from several health and fitness devices will be accumulated and stored in a single location. Once the data is stored in Microsoft Health, the users can simply view all the data and measure how their workout performance goes.
The Vice President of Microsoft, Todd Holmdahl stated,”We see an opportunity to bring these devices and services together to allow you to combine the information they collect and use the power of the cloud to turn that data into something more valuable.”
Microsoft has recently partnered with UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper in order to do justice to the health app of smart band. The smart wearables usually come as a category and are growing faster in the market. Samsung, Motorola and Apple have their own variables of the technology and flaunt them open. The non handset brands like Nike and Adidas are also not behind in launching the technology.
The smartwatches from Samsung, Motorola and others are not exactly dedicated to healthcare or athletics, but the apps present in it will definitely help the user a great deal to monitor their health performance.