Microsoft Band Wearable Sold Out Until 2015
Not-so-glad tidings. Buyers hoping to snap up Band—Microsoft's entry into the hot wearable device category—for the holidays are out of luck until 2015.Bad news for fitness buffs and fans of the quantified self. Microsoft's wearable health monitor is in short supply this holiday season. The Band fitness tracker, the company's latest stab at wearable devices, is currently sold out and won't be back in stock until after the new year. Shoppers that visit Microsoft's online store in search for the product are greeted with a notice that the company will restock the Band in early 2015 with the option to sign up for an email when it becomes available. Launched in late October, Microsoft Band is a health and fitness tracker with built-in GPS and a 1.4-inch touch-screen display that is meant to be worn on the inside of the wrist. The Band's array of sensors include an optical heart rate sensor, an accelerometer, galvanic skin response and a skin temperature sensor, among others. The wearable is compatible with iOS, Android and, of course, Windows Phone. Linking Band to the latter via Bluetooth provides access to Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant on Windows 8.1. Microsoft has not released sales figures for the device. Since its launch, availability has been a hit or miss affair, suggesting a limited supply.
Priced at $199, Microsoft Band is available in small, medium and large to accommodate different wrist sizes. The water-resistant device provides 24/7 heart-rate monitoring, guided workouts, sleep tracking and UV monitoring for outdoor activities. Battery life is rated at 48 hours under "normal use," and a full charge takes approximately 1.5 hours.