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Just around the Band: Is this Microsoft's wearable sequel?
When Microsoft introduced its Band wearable fitness device last year, some were impressed that the company had the foresight to make it compatible with Android. Much like the Zune portable music player, Redmond offered its own interesting take on an established format. Rumors have been Surfacing as of late about a Band 2, and MicrosoftInsider has obtained images of what purportedly may be the new device, said to be developed under the codename “Envoy”.
Indeed the first thing that might come to one’s mind upon seeing the above device is just how similar it looks to Samsung’s Gear Fit (below, right):
Assuming this is the final product that Microsoft will unveil, it does appear to be making use of a curved display. Traditionally, Samsung might be seen as the most likely supplier of such a component. This past week however, a report out of Korea made reference to an unnamed US company that was heavily investing in LG’s foldable OLED display operations. In the days since the report hit, many around the internet have weighed in, feeling this financier to be none other than Microsoft and hence -while this is just speculation – the Band 2 could end up being one of the results of such endeavors.
MicrosoftInsider reported that the new device may include the ability to monitor changes in altitude and even track stair climbing. According to Windows Central, the Band 2 is also expected to include the following:
- An optical heart rate monitor
- An Accelerometer/Gyrometer
- A GPS
- A microphone
- An ambient light sensor
- Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) sensors
- A UV sensor
Microsoft is holding a major press event on October 6th where it is expected to unveil new Surface products, Windows Phone offerings, and the Band 2, so the full details will likely remain hidden for a bit longer, barring any major leaks.
What are your thoughts on the product pictured in this post? Assuming it is the real deal, would you be interested in such an offering from Microsoft?