Microsoft today announced the new Microsoft Band has 10 smart sensors for 24-hour heart rate monitoring, calorie burn measurement, advanced sleep quality tracking and more as well as Guided Workouts curated by Gold’s Gym, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle & Fitness. The Microsoft Band will also offer smart notifications including incoming calls, emails, texts and social updates as well as access to Cortana.
In addition to the Microsoft Band, Microsoft also announced Microsoft Health platform which includes a cloud service for consumers and the industry to store and combine health and fitness data to create powerful insights. Microsoft Health works well with 3rd party devices and services as well.
Microsoft Health is designed to benefit our partners in many ways. For new entrants and startups we have a complete offering that includes our app, and APIs as well as cloud storage for their data. Existing services can upload their data to Microsoft Health and take advantage of our advanced algorithms and the powerful machine learning from our Intelligence Engine to give their customers insights.
Microsoft also announced that new fitness devices can license their 10 wrist-worn sensor modules to gather robust data including active heart rate, sleep and GPS.
Microsoft announced that UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper are their initial Microsoft Health launch partners. Microsoft will also enable users to connect their Microsoft Health data to HealthVault to share with your medical provider in the future.
Microsoft is planning to have regular cadence of Microsoft Health announcements including additional device and service partnerships, SDK availability and additional cross-platform applications and services.
The Microsoft Band is now available in the US in limited quantities at MicrosoftStore.com for $199.