Microsoft Gives Its Band Health Wearable a Massive Makeover
Take two. Microsoft unveils the golfer-friendly Band 2, a major update to the company's health and fitness tracking wearable.Microsoft is taking another stab at wearable devices with the new and improved Band 2. The original Microsoft Band was big on potential and loaded with sensors. Though capable and innovative in its own right, the device was often criticized for its bulk, stiffness and an unconventional screen that was meant to be worn on the inside of the wearer's wrist. It didn't help that the display's flatness was often an uncomfortable fit for the rounded contours of the human body. Yesterday, during a Windows 10 device media event in New York, Microsoft addressed those shortcomings by unveiling a sleeker Band 2. "When we set out to create this version, we had a couple of design principles, optimized for the individual who goes to work and enjoys working out," said Lindsey Matese, senior public relations manager for Microsoft Band and Health, while introducing Microsoft's latest wearable. "Make it breathable and flexible—no rigidity in any direction, no uncomfortable shoulders, no hard edges—and above all, it must curve nicely around the wrist."
As rumored, Band 2 has a curved display, providing a more comfortable fit. Gorilla Glass 3 helps protect the 1.25-by-0.50-inch (32mm by 12.8mm) OLED touch display. Battery life—another common complaint with the original Band—is rated at 48 hours. A full charge can be achieved in 1.5 hours.