This year around, it seems like Microsoft (NASDAQ MSFT) has a new strategy. It’s a new venture, focused on customer’s fitness regime. This might come as a surprise for many, but Microsoft (NASDAQ MSFT) is launching its new wristband that works in coordination with iOS, Android and Windows phone.
The officials at Microsoft (NASDAQ MSFT) said that they are introducing this wearable as a way to demonstrate how it can convert a pile of personal data into useful information.
The data is collected through sensors and translated on to the cloud. For this purpose, Microsoft (NASDAQ MSFT) has launched its very first Health app and Band smart watch, which comes embedded with 10 different sensors.
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When put to test, the results weren’t as outstanding as expected. The accelerometer based step counter worked perfectly fine, just like any other phone or cheap wearable.
The heart rate sensor when put to test, produced inaccurate results. The elliptical machine reported heart rate at 105 beats per minute to 208 beats per minute, in a single session. This reading indicates a range from a point of being very relaxed to collapsing. Whereas the elliptical showed heart rate between 150 and 160 beats per minute, throughout the work out.
The GPS function only picks up routes when jogging, not on a bike or skates. Additional features include UV sensors, which helps to determine whether there is a need for sunscreen or not, and also a galvanic skin response senor, with unknown functions.
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All these functions might be useful, if there was more to it than just collecting data. But at this stage, the interpretation is lost and it only contributes to draining out the battery very quickly. At this point, users have noted that a full charge lasts around 36 hours and there is no warning indication for low battery.
With regards to the band’s physical appearance and comfort level, users have complained that it isn’t very comfortable to wear, and gets scratched easily.
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