New Microsoft Band launched, comes with more sensors on board

New Microsoft Band launched, comes with more sensors on board

Microsoft launched the successor to its fitness band which was announced last year, simply calling it the new Microsoft Band. Priced at $249 (approx Rs 16,500), the new Microsoft Band will start selling from 30 October.

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The new Microsoft Band comes with a curved touch sensitive OLED glass display with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It sports a 320 x 180 pixel OLED display. The Band features an in-built GPS, guided workouts, UV monitoring, sleep tracking, calorie tracking, distance tracking and so on. The Band communicates with the Microsoft Health app on your smartphone to give you detailed information. The Band works with iOS, Android as well as Windows 10 OS sporting devices.

In addition to the sensors above, Microsoft has also added a barometer to give you an idea of the elevation when you are hiking or climbing stairs in real time. It also comes with Cortana integration, which will let Cortana remind you if you miss on a workout.

Another interesting metric that the Band measures is the VO2 max, which is a volume of oxygen, for serious athletes. It also includes features for golfers such as automatic shot detection for golf and even promises to give you reports of your golf outing based on your movements and shots.

Microsoft has also added support for other apps such as Uber, RunKeeper, Subway, Twitter, MyFitnessPal and many more. So it looks more like a smartwatch than just a mere activity tracker. But will it see more love from the audience as opposed to its predecessor? Only time will tell.


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