Microsoft joins the wearable device bandwagon launches Microsoft Band priced at $199

Software giant Microsoft has just launched its own version of wearable device which it dubbed as Microsoft Band and seemed ready to challenge its other tough rivals like Apple and Samsung in the wearable device segment.

The debut of the Microsoft Band, which is the company’s first in the wearable device market, will let users keep an eye on their health and wellness.

Microsoft quipped in a blogpost that the device features sensors that check pulse rate, gauge calorie burn and record sleep quality and pattern. The company added that the wearable device will be released in the US in limited numbers starting today and it is pegged at $199.

Technology giant Apple had just rolled out last September 9. The Apple’s wearable device which is wrist-worn and is called Apple Watch and will be put up on sale next year. On the other end, Samsung Electronics Company also unveiled its Galaxy Gear smart watch last September 2013. The Apple Watch will carry a price tag of $349.

Microsoft whipped up a fitting follow up to its wearable device as it also unveiled a health app which it termed as “Microsoft Health” that comes with a cloud service for consumers to keep and bring together health and fitness data.

The Microsoft Health app has the ability to gather information from the fitness band and is compatible with iPhones, Android smartphones, and Windows Phone.



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