Tag Archives: Fitness

Microsoft Band Is Almost Here

It sure looks like Microsoft is very close to announcing and releasing their fitness band, simply called Microsoft Band. Their smartphone and Mac apps are available in respective stores ahead of a formal announcement.

Based on the details listed in the app description, an updated health privacy policy and screenshots, it does look like the band will work with all platforms and will be, as is normal with Microsoft these days, powered by a cloud service called Microsoft Health.

The band will apparently track heart rate, steps, calories burned and sleep. The band will also work with your smartphone and show notifications, and in the case of Windows Phone, integrate with Cortana. Among the type of notifications that the Band will be able to show are email messages, calendar reminders, phone calls received, text messages social updates like those from Twitter and Facebook, weather and finance. The band will use the smartphone’s location services to determine your location, in order to show the weather, for example.

Notifications and other settings will be configured via the Microsoft Health app which is now available on all platforms.

It is unclear if the following tweet from Microsoft Store has any connection to the Microsoft Band, but it is quite a coincidence, if not:


I don’t know about you, but I am more excited about the cloud-powered service Microsoft Health, than the band itself. As a cross-platform consumer, I would love to have something that works across all my devices, and it looks like Microsoft may have the answer.

Some screenshots from the various apps follow below:

Mac App Store

Microsoft Band - Mac App
Microsoft Band – Mac App
Microsoft Band - Mac App
Microsoft Band – Mac App
Microsoft Band - Mac App
Microsoft Band – Mac App

Android Google Play

Microsoft Band - Android App
Microsoft Band – Android App
Microsoft Band - Android App
Microsoft Band – Android App
Microsoft Band - Android App
Microsoft Band – Android App
Microsoft Band - Android App
Microsoft Band – Android App
Microsoft Band - Android App
Microsoft Band – Android App

Windows Phone Store

Microsoft Band - Winows Phone App
Microsoft Band – Winows Phone App
Microsoft Band - Winows Phone App
Microsoft Band – Winows Phone App
Microsoft Band - Winows Phone App
Microsoft Band – Winows Phone App
Microsoft Band - Winows Phone App
Microsoft Band – Winows Phone App
Microsoft Band - Winows Phone App
Microsoft Band – Winows Phone App

Play Video Games and Lose Weight

 Happy Halloween. It is the time of the year that signals the start of a sugar fiesta that lasts till New Year. This year, I decided to go slow on the candy corn; I am going to  attack  the jelly beans and dark  chocolate instead. This came about because I came across the inspirational story of  Taylor LeBarron, who used his love for video games to lose 150 pounds.

With the world’s population set to reach seven billion on October 31, 2011 aka today (check our post about it), it is a good time to take a look at one of the greatest  threats that the tech-savvy population of the world is susceptible to, called obesity, and ask ourselves if there is a way where we can have our cake and eat it too.

For example, apparently you can loose weight using your love for video games. I don’t mean the Wii Fit type. Taylor LeBarron, author of  Cutting Myself in Half:  150 Pounds Lost,  One Byte at a Time  tells the fascinating story of how he lost half his body weight by turning his love for video games into a motivational tool. He created his own game called UFG (Ultimate Fitness Game) with which he kept track of all his activities and food habits.

Taylor  LeBaron has been quoted describing UFG as follows.

“Since I love video games, I approached my weight issue the same way I learn a new game. When I get a new video game, one of the first things I do is check out the opponents to see what I’m up against. When I know the enemies, I can create a plan of attack.”

It has the same aspects of a video game. You have enemies, you have allies, and you have money. You have to play smart; otherwise, you run out of your money. Your score needs to be high at the end of the day.

Here are some of his tips

Tip #1 Keep your weight off by improving your self confidence.

Tip #2 Start your fitness program with the right attitude and follow up by making a serious fitness  plan that lasts for the rest of your life.

Tip #3 Remember that getting fit is what  counts.

Tip #4 Start eating right and  exercising  more often.

Tip #5 Remember that long term is the key. Fitness needs to be part of your routine.

Taylor LeBarron  has his own Website at  http://www.cuttingmyselfinhalf.com/

Motorola ACTV Announced; Aims To Be Your Personal Fitness Trainer

Motorola has just announced a new device, the ACTV. The new device is aimed at sportsmen, and is aimed at tracking their workouts, gym sessions, cycling sessions etc.

The ACTV is powered by a 600 MHz processor, and is sweat, water and dust resistant. The device also comes with FM radio, and is capable of storing up to 4000 mp3 files.

The company also announced a new Bluetooth based headsets, with inbuilt heart tracking sensors! Yes, it’s time to dump your outdated heart-rate monitors!

The Moto ACTV automatically uploads all your fitness sessions to Motorola’s new sports tracking website MotoACTV.com. The website provides extensive details about your workout session. For connectivity, the device comes with GPS and Wi-Fi. The ACTV can also be paired with your Android handset to show some useful information. The device is similar to Sony Ericsson’s Live with Walkman, except for the phone functionality.

The ACTV will hit the retail stores on November 6th, and will come in 8GB and 16GB versions. The 8GB version will cost $249, while the latter will cost $299.