Microsoft Working on Fitness Band Compatible With Windows, iOS

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Microsoft, like Google, Apple, and Samsung, has been working on its own wrist-worn device for more than a year. While early rumors suggested the device would be a smart watch with a 1.5-inch display, a new report from Windows blogger Paul Thurrott suggests that Microsoft's project is actually more of a fitness band than a smart watch.

    More akin to the band-style Samsung Gear Fit than the watch-style Galaxy Gear, Microsoft's band is said to have a wristband form factor that's able to display smart phone-based notifications. Like the offerings from Samsung and Apple's rumored iWatch, the band is expected to include several different sensors, tracking fitness metrics like calories burned, heart rate, and more.

    Samsung's Gear Fit
    Unlike other products from Apple, Google, and Samsung, however, Microsoft is said to be designing its smart wristband to be cross platform, working not only with Windows devices, but also iOS and Android. Given Microsoft's small share of the smartphone and tablet market in comparison to Android and iOS, it's a smart move for the company.
    According to Thurrott, Microsoft's smart wristband will be priced similarly to Samsung's smart watch offerings, which start at $199. It is expected to be released during the fourth quarter of 2014, suggesting it might launch in the same timeframe as Apple's iWatch. Currently, rumors indicate the iWatch will launch in October of 2014, with 10 different health-related sensors and wireless charging.

    Pricing on Apple's iWatch remains a mystery, but rumors have pointed towards multiple sizes and designs at several different price points.

    Article Link: Microsoft Working on Fitness Band Compatible With Windows, iOS
  2. macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2009
    who cares, like all their hardware it will be subpar.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    How exactly is the Xbox subpar?
  4. macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2010
    surface pro 3 is a great piece of hardware.

    although, I am really don't expect microsoft to do anything at all with this fit band that will capture my attention
  5. macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
  6. macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2012
    I disagree, I like their mice - a lot, and their keyboards used to be quite good too. Also the Surface 3 apparently is pretty impressive by the build quality, too bad it most likely will flop again.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    You mean the xbox that had a failure rate that was at times over 50%?
  9. macrumors member

    May 2, 2013
    Yep, like apple.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    Still seams fat and clunky to me.
  11. macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
    Republic of Texas
    LaForge Visor

    For some reason when I saw this, I thought it was headwear and someone was making a real life LaForge visor.

    Now that would be cool.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    LOL 2014/2015... year(s) of the wearable... Everyone and their uncle seem to be getting into this space. I guess that's good, as everyone can lay their cards on the table and we'll see which great features stick around for round 2.
  13. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Oh, another watch. A first I thought it was a visor with a time in the front.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    Like the iwatch?
  15. macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Fatty Boom Boom

    Anyone else find it interesting that all these companies are investing all this money in fitness related equipment in a country/world that is getting more and more sedentary?
  16. macrumors regular

    May 26, 2008
  17. macrumors 68000


    May 6, 2011
    Speak for your city/self. I live in a pretty health conscious state/city.
  18. macrumors 68040

    Sep 4, 2009
    You have that right. If they extend their tile interface to a watch face, they are asking for a lot of trouble.

    As long as there are Ctrl, Alt and Del buttons on the watch face, it will be useable.
  19. macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    I agree! I'm very interested to see what Apple's watch will be (and others as well).

    I see people out walking, running, biking and going to the gym every day. It's nice to see.

    I'd like to see more of that from the younger kids (sub-15 etc..). Alot of chubby kids who don't get enough exercise, but that's another topic :)
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2014
    What is completely horrible about microsoft is their marketing.
  21. macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Yeah, I actually seeing it going both ways - there’s certainly many overweight/obese people, but I’m also seeing a surge in people engaged in fitness activities. I see more and more folks running, cycling, SUP/Kayaking, entering Tri/IMs, lifting, Crossfit, eating at healthy restaurants, etc.

    Seems like pretty good timing on “health devices”, compounded by phones kind of peaking in terms of features.
  22. macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    I'm sorry but these companies are soooo annoying Lol . Once one does something, the rest scramble and release their own versions, but they end up doing nothing revolutionary .

    How is it possible that companies can come out with their own versions so fast ? Do they all know what each other are working on ?

    The tech industry is great, but it seems so boring at the same time .
  23. macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2014
    Sigh. iWatch has been known to be in development for at least 2 years, probably more. Just because other people rush something out to beat Apple to the punch...
  24. macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    You mean iWatch has been rumored to have been in development. :)
  25. macrumors member

    May 2, 2013
    lol. If you want to get into that Microsoft had a watch many moons ago. In fact, Microsoft will probably make more in royalty patents from android and spoke because they own pretty much every wearable patent.

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