Microsoft Band works with Android, iPhone too

30 Oct 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »

List of Public Companies Worldwide, Letter FOR THOSE LOOKING to keep tabs on their health, there has never been more choice on the market for wearable fitness trackers, and those after the latest gadget to do the job, the Microsoft Band and the FitBit Charge HR, both announced just this week, are perhaps the two devices that have caught the eyes of potential buyers.Does SodaStream’s turn toward branding itself as a sparkling water vendor—and its dismal financial performance—suggest that it’s seeking a different future?With Apple Health and Google Fit offering a centralized fitness and wellness-tracking platform for iOS and Android users, did anyone really expect Microsoft to sit quietly and leave its mobile OS lacking?Microsoft Corp launched a device called “Microsoft Band” that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, marking the world’s largest software company’s debut into the wearable technology market.

Microsoft has joined in with the wearable tech party, launching its Band wrist device, but don’t expect to just watch movies or update your social media on it. Microsoft Band: Optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, gyrometer, ambient light sensor, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, capacitive sensor, galvanic skin response.

Apple Inc unveiled a smart watch on Sept. 9 that will combine health and fitness tracking with communications and will go on sale in early 2015, while Samsung Electronics Co unveiled its Galaxy Gear smart watch in September 2013. Measuring just 18.5-millimetres, and fashioned from a “thermal plastic elastomer” the Band has got a relatively tiny 1.4-inch touchscreen with a display of just 320 x 106, and will last for up to two days on a single charge. When it comes to integrated sensors, both wearable devices tout the standard activity sensors for keeping track of calories burned while running, walking, climbing, swimming, etc, as well as sleep monitoring and heart rate monitoring. Of course, it’s not going to be like having some kind of deranged personal trainer strapped to your wrist – there’ll be some level of entertainment as well. You’ll be able to receive alerts about email messages, calendar reminders, phone calls, Twitter and Facebook notifications, weather and stock information.

FitBit Charge HR: A Caller ID function on the Charge HR helps users stay connected to incoming calls when paired with smartphone and the wristband vibrates and shows the caller’s name or number when a smartphone is nearby. UK pricing and availability has yet to be announced, but you can start warming up now ahead of its release so that you’re ready to go when it arrives. By packing the wearable with a handful of unique features like UV monitoring and guided workouts, the device could attract health-focused folks who might not otherwise go for a Microsoft product, and thus introduce them to the company’s ecosystem just as the iPod did for Apple back in the early 2000′s (“If you like the features and quality of this product, why not get even more by switching to a Windows Phone device?”). Microsoft Band: Dual 100mAh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer batteries equating to around 48 hours of normal use, although Microsoft says advanced functionality like GPS use will impact battery performance. The service collects data from your smartwatch, smartphone, or activity tracker, and can help you monitor your sleep quality, which of your exercises burn the most calories, and how much recovery time your body needs after training.

Clearly, FitBit takes the biscuit in terms of battery life, and is definitely aimed at users wanting a wearable for purely fitness tracking as opposed to a variety of other novelty features.

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