Microsoft launches cloud-powered fitness band

Microsoft Health platform unveiled alongside new fitness tracker
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Microsoft has launched the first wearable powered by its new cloud-based Microsoft Health tracking service.

The Microsoft Band will retail for $199 (£125) and can operate for two days on a single charge.

It has ten sensors that can track things such as heart rate, calories, stress and sun exposure.

It includes guided workouts, which are curated by well-known fitness experts and has some smartwatch capabilities such as notifications.

For those using the Microsoft Band with a Windows Phone 8.1, they will also have access to Cortana.

Here’s the full specs list:
Band Material: Thermal plastic elastomer with adjustable fit clasp
Display: 11mm x 33mm 1.4" TFT Capacitive full color display, 320 x 106 resolution
Battery Life: 48 hours of normal use; advanced functionality like GPS use will impact battery performance
Average Charge Time: Full charge in less than 1.5 hours
Battery Type: Dual 100mAh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer batteries
Operating temperature ranges: -10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
Maximum operating altitude: approximately 12,000m
Sensors: Optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer/gyro, Gyrometer, GPS, Ambient light sensor, Skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, Capacitive sensor, Galvanic skin response, Microphone
Additional technology: Haptic vibration motor
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Operating System Support: Windows Phone 8.1, iOS 7.1 and later, Android 4.3-4.4 phones with Bluetooth
Water Resistance: Dust and Splash resistant
Warranty: 1 year limited
Price: $199

The new Microsoft Health platform, which launched alongside the fitness band, is compatible with several other services, such as UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, and Runkeeper. It will be compatible with iOS, Android and Windows Phone and work across multiple platforms.

Described as a cloud-based service which can unite data from different health and fitness devices, Microsoft Health will collect data to be analysed by the Microsoft Intelligence Engine which can let the user know how their work, fitness and leisure activities affect their health and wellbeing.

Check out the official video for the Microsoft Band below:

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