After plenty of rumors (and jokes), Microsoft has finally announced their first wearable device. The Microsoft Band is a fitness tracker that goes on sale tomorrow for $199. The device has 10 sensors enabling it to track your heart rate, steps and general movement, UV exposure, galvanic skin response (stress tracking) and to track sleep. The device claims to have a 48-hour battery life to last you all day and all night. Physically the device bears a strong resemblance to Samsung’s Gear Fit.
The device is designed for Microsoft’s new health service aptly named Microsoft Health. The service is a subscription based cloud service that helps you keep track of your fitness data.
The wearable pairs with your Windows Phone, Android device, or your iOS device. The app gives you control over the device and also to feed notifications to the band’s 310×102 display. If you pair it with a Windows Phone the band can interact with Cortana.
The Microsoft Band will be US only at launch, available at Microsoft’s online and retail stores. At $199 it’s not a bad deal. Will you be picking one up?