Microsoft Wearable Fitness Band on Sale Today at $199

by Istvan Fekete on October 30, 2014

On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled its long-rumoured wearable device shortly after the apps on the App Store and Google Play leaked, suggesting that the software maker is about to make an announcement.

The Microsoft Band is what its name suggests: a fitness band somewhat resembling the Samsung Gear Fit and packed with a bunch of sensors that are designed to track both sleep and daily activities, and act as a second screen for your smartphone. This means users can receive notifications on the device.

Microsoft’s wearable goes on sale today for $199 at the company’s physical and online stores. Besides featuring the usual sensors that measure heart rate, the Microsoft Band is able to measure sun exposure and galvanic skin response, thanks to its UV sensor.

Alongside the 10 sensors included in the device, the company yesterday launched the Microsoft Health app – actually a cloud-based service – which crunches the data gathered from the band as well as from other connected devices, including rival smartphones and fitness bands.

The device was spotted in the App Store before the Microsoft announcement, and apparently this is one “feature” (its openness) the software maker is betting on to foster the success of the Band. Actually, Microsoft goes beyond this in terms of openness: it is willing to let other hardware makers tap its sensor technology, with each of the 10 sensors and accompanying software available for licensing.

One key feature of the Microsoft Band emphasized by Matt Barlow, head of marketing for new devices, is that the device is designed to last 48 hours on a single charge. Oh, and it can even measure how much a meeting with the boss affected your night’s sleep. Microsoft Band can also access your Facebook or Twitter feed and bring the latest weather and stock information right to your wrist.

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