Microsoft Band Update Adds More Options for Golfers
An update to Microsoft's Band fitness wearable adds a tournament mode for golfers and more social sharing features.Although Microsoft Band can track various health signals and activities, the device is shaping up as a wearable for golfers. This week, Microsoft released new updates for the fitness wearable, including a new tournament setting for golfers. "An option right on your new Microsoft Band, Tournament Mode for Golf will allow you to play a round while sticking to United States Golf Association [USGA] rules for competitive play," said the Microsoft Devices group in a Feb. 18 announcement. The new mode builds on the golfing features that Microsoft added to its Health companion app as part of the Band 2 launch last October. Golfers can enable automatic shot detection, which differentiates between practice swings and the real thing. "When I walk up to the tee box, it actually knows what tee I'm at; the distance to the green; the calories I've spent and my heartrate. It's like having your own virtual golf caddy," said Lindsey Matese, senior public relations manager for Microsoft Band and Health, onstage during an Oct. 6 hardware event in New York.
Now, Band-wearing golf enthusiasts can have a virtual USGA experience of their own as they hit the links. "The band will still track your round of play and your health activity, but hide your step count, distance and heart rate during your round, then have a summary waiting for you in the Microsoft Health app and dashboard upon completion."