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Monday, November 3, 2014

Microsoft Band Wearable Technology

Tech, health, and fashion news.
Microsoft Band Components
Microsoft Band has stepped into the wearable technology market and is the first device powered by Microsoft Health.  This stylish new piece of wearable tech helps you achieve your wellness goals by tracking your heart rate, steps, calorie burn, and sleep quality.  In addition to health relevant benefits, the device also helps members of the apparel industry be more productive with email previews and calendar alerts directly on your wrist.  This nifty little wearable tech alerts the wearer to incoming calls, texts, social updates, weather, finance, and much more.  No more reaching into your pocket or handbag to dig around for your mobile device.  You can now see notification all on your wrist, discreetly and without needing to pull out your phone.
Microsoft Band 2014
In regard to helping fashionistas meet their fitness goals, you may want to learn more about Microsoft Health.  In summary, Microsoft Health is a new service that helps you live healthier by providing actionable insights based on data gathered from the fitness devices and apps that you use every day.  It's designed to work for you, no matter what phone you have, device you wear, or services you use.  Microsoft Health makes tracking personal fitness easier, more insightful, and more holistic.   Microsoft Band makes it easier to reach your fitness goals. You can track your daily physical activity and review your stats with a glance at your wrist. Just like a personal trainer, Microsoft Band guides you to improved wellness by constantly learning about you and your current fitness level.  Microsoft invested in cutting-edge technology like built-in GPS and 24-hour heart rate monitoring to help you reach your fitness goals. By combining the power of each of their sensors, Microsoft Band is able to give you real-time insights into your performance today as well as your milestones into the future.

Here are a few of the key features to assist with activity tracking and goal setting:

Heart rate monitor: 24-hour heart rate monitor: Gives you a better understanding of your calorie burn, sleep patterns, and peak and resting heart rate so you can perform at your best.

Run: Whether you’re on the treadmill at the gym or outdoors in the rain or sun, you can view your run summary on your band with personalized metrics in the phone app including pace splits and heart rate.

Steps tracker: Set a goal and track your progress. Microsoft Band calculates the calories you’ve burned and the distance you’ve traveled each day.

Calorie tracking: Count the calories you burn each day. View daily or weekly stats, set goals, and receive a virtual "high-five" when you reach them.

Sleep tracking: When activated, Microsoft Band tracks the length and quality of your sleep. Analyze the sleep charts in your app to gain insights about your slumber.

Guided Workouts: Fun and challenging workouts from fitness partners like Gold's Gym, Shape, and Men's Fitness with exercise prompts on the band and much more in the app.

Built-in GPS: Measures the distance you’ve run and tracks your pace and route. Save your favorites to retrace your steps and challenge yourself later.

Goal setting: Challenge yourself by setting daily step and calorie goals. Microsoft Band notifies you when you meet them so that you can stay motivated.

UV monitor: Get a quick read of the UV Index while you’re out and about.  Keep in mind that the sun provides benefits, but be careful to not get too much UV.

The beauty of this wearable technology is that it has been developed to work with the phone you already own.  Do you own an iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone? Microsoft Band is designed to be awesome on multiple platforms.  Well, currently it works with Windows Phone 8.1 update, iOS 7.1, 8 and Android 4.3-4.4 phones, with Bluetooth.  Note that instant quick response does not currently work with iPhone.
Microsoft Bands with mobile phones
The fashion industry can use the Microsoft Band right on our wrist so we know what we have to do and where we have to be even on the go.  It probably will help us navigate the busy schedule of fashion week.  And with help from Cortana, our productivity will soar.  If you don’t currently use Microsoft phones, Cortana is your personal assistant on the Windows Phone.  Similar concept as Siri on the iPhone.  She's there to help make things easier for you and keep you up to date on the things that matter to you.
Apparel Search Tip: don't wear your band swimming and put a scratch protector on the glass.

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