Microsoft's Band Wearable Helps Owners Takes a Hike
Aiming to gain a leg up in the challenging market for wearable devices, Microsoft is layering an increasing amount of functionality onto its own health and activity tracker.
This week, Microsoft is rolling out updates that expand the capabilities of its Band wearable and the Health companion app. Among them is a new Explore Tile that encourages users to get up, get moving and discover new vistas, announced Lindsey Matese, senior communications manager for Microsoft Band and Health.
"Download the app update to receive the Explore Tile, and try out the new experience for yourself," instructed Matese in a blog posting. Like Windows Mobile and certain elements of the Windows 10 user experience, Microsoft Band uses an app-like tiled interface that grants access to its many features and capabilities.
"The Explore Tile uses built-in GPS to keep track of your route on your band's display, and lets you drop points of interest along the way. It's perfect for tracking hikes, or even just a walk around the neighborhood," Matese said.
The Microsoft Band wearable's new Explore Tile helps users track their hikes and find points of interest along the way.
The new GPS Power Saver helps Microsoft Band owners track their hikes for up to 12 hours while conserving battery power. While on a hike, the wearable can remind users to keep well hydrated and fed. It can also alert users of inclement weather and what the time the sun sets, for safe and successful outdoor adventures.