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Microsoft unveils wearable fitness device

Also launched Microsoft Health platform to work with device

Microsoft unveils wearable fitness device
Alam: "Microsoft has the big data analytics and machine learning to attack fitness and productivity challenges in this way."

Microsoft has launched a new fitness wearable device and announced a new health platform.

Microsoft Health, which will be available for consumers from the new Microsoft Health app on Android, iOS and Windows Phone, is designed to work together with Microsoft Band, aimed at people who want to live healthier and be more productive.

As Zulfi Alam, GM of Personal Devices, said: "Imagine you've set the goal that you want to get fit and lose weight as part of your exercise routine. Based on your burn rate and exercise over one week, we will soon be able to auto-suggest a customised workout plan for you. As you follow that plan - or if you don't follow the plan - our technology will continue to adjust to give you the best outward-looking plan, like a real coach would do."

In collaboration with Microsoft Research (MSR), Microsoft Health and Microsoft Band will only continue to add more capabilities. "Microsoft has the big data analytics and machine learning to attack fitness and productivity challenges in this way," Alam said.

Microsoft Health, which will also work with UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper, includes a cloud service for consumers and the industry to store and combine health and fitness data.

Microsoft band, which is designed to be worn 24 hours a day by people who are active both in the gym and on the job, features ten smart sensors for 24-hour heart rate monitoring, calorie burn measurement, advanced sleep quality tracking and more as well as Guided Workouts curated by Gold's Gym, Shape, Men's Fitness and Muscle & Fitness.

The Microsoft Band also includes smart notifications such as incoming calls, emails, texts and social updates as well as access to Cortana.

There is no confirmed dates of when the device and app will be available in the UAE.

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