Today Microsoft released more information about their upcoming smartwatch, named the “Microsoft Band”, and boy does it appear to be smart and unique.
The Microsoft Band comes with a variety of sensors including an optical heart rate sensor, gyro, GPS, galvanic skin response sensor, and UV sensor to monitor every aspect of your workout routine. All of this information is displayed through a 310×102 color display (Microsoft brags that there will be over 130 different backgrounds that can be selected for the display).
The battery life for the device is listed at 48 hours per charge.
What is compelling about the Microsoft Band is that it is not tied to one platform, meaning that it will work with Android, iOS and of course Microsoft Phones. Microsoft is truly being inclusive as the Health apps will even be compatible with the motion co-processors (M7/M8) on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus as well as Android Wear devices. Microsoft is also working to ensure compatibility with products from Jawbone and Runkeeper.
Of course the Microsoft Band can also provide basic notifications for emails, texts, and tweets.