While Microsoft hasn’t officially announced its entry into the smartwatch sector, the company appears to attempt to join the wearable game.
Microsoft has revealed its Band fitness wearable and confirmed that the device will go on sale for $199 Thursday in its online and physical stores.
The company has also added its Microsoft Band Sync app to the Mac App Store today, indicating that its new wearable will debut soon. The application shows what the new product looks like and indicates that the band will sync its data to the cloud.
The development of the band started back in 2010, when Zulfi Alam, GM of Personal Devices, found himself to be less active and gaining weight. “I started wondering, ‘What happened to the last 15 years?’ and I had the embarrassing realization that I was getting really out of shape,” he reflected.
“Microsoft Band” or simply “Band” features ten sensors to track different health characteristics from heart rate to UV exposure to stress levels. It is also promised to last 48 hours on a single charge and can be worn twenty-four seven, as it tracks both physical activity and sleep.
Like smart watches, the Band can also receive notifications from a user’s smartphone and show such information like email messages, calendar reminders, phone calls received, text messages, Twitter and Facebook notifications, weather, and stocks information.
According to the the apps description, the Band can work with any mobile platform, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Its built-in GPS allos you to go out without a phone and still track your workout.