Microsoft has launched a device called “Microsoft Band” that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime. It is equipped with 10 sensors for many biometric applications such as a pedometer, heart rate and sleep patterns. The UV sensor measures sun exposure and a galvanic skin response sensor alerts if the user is stressed out.
Other sensors include an optical heart rate sensor, an accelerometer, a gyrometer, an ambient light sensor and a skin temperature sensor. There’s also a GPS radio for tracking routes, and a microphone for dictating notes on the run.
The band (an adjustable strap with a full color touch screen) is dust and water resistant and has two 100mAh rechargeable batteries capable of powering the band for 48 hours on standby.
The biometric data gathered by Microsoft Band is synced up with an online service and application called Microsoft Health adapted to any Windows Phone device with the 8.1 update, an iPhone running iOS 7.1 or 8, or an Android phone running 4.3 or 4.4.