Microsoft's Planned Wearable Fitness Tracker Rumored to Support Most Mobile Platforms
The wearable tech industry is on the verge of exploding with popularity, with major companies like Apple (News - Alert) reportedly working on tools like the iWatch, which will combine the features of smartphones with location sensors and biometric readers that enable a broad variety of uses. Health monitoring in particular is what many groups believe will spur wearables into widespread use, and now it appears that even Microsoft (News - Alert) is jumping on the bandwagon. The company is reportedly creating a fitness tracking band that will measure a wearer's health and exercise activities, but the big shocker is that the device is rumored to be supported on Android (News - Alert), iOS and Windows Phone mobile platforms.
Instead of relying on their own processing power and memory limits, most planned wearable devices are designed to integrate with a user's smartphone, desktop computer or other device to handle most of the hard computing. The so-far unnamed Microsoft wearable is covering all bases by bringing support to all major platforms. This means that customers will always be able to choose the option that works best for them, and ultimately increases the usability of the product.
The device is rumored to have multiple sensors of different types, that will track things like the number of steps a user is taking in addition to the number of calories burned and even the wearer's heart rate. This data is then forwarded through Microsoft's Bing Fitness and Health App, although it would not be a huge stretch of the imagination to think that the wearable could be synced to work with other third party apps.
Many industry experts had speculated before that Microsoft would be making a Windows Phone (News - Alert) compatible smartwatch, but a fitness tracking band that is supported by all three major mobile platforms appears to be a much healthier step in the right direction. Ultimately the device is expected to retail for around the same price as the Samsung (News - Alert) Gear Fit, around $200.
Edited by Alisen Downey
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