The Band 2 is Microsoft’s latest entry into the smartwatch / connected / fitness tracker /wearables market.
Microsoft Band helps you track your heart rate, exercise, calorie burn, and sleep quality with eleven sensors, including an optical heart rate tracker, 3-axis acclerometer. gyrometer, GPS, ambient light sensor, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, capactive sensor, and a galvanic skin response sensor. All of this data can be collected and analyzed on a phone app or on the website.
In addition to health data, Microsoft Band keeps you connected with email, text, and calendar alerts. A microphone and Cortana let you respond to simple texts.
Of immense interest to me are the golf features. Microsoft has partnered with Taylormade to produce two apps: MyRoundPro, which plots shots and yardage on a detailed course map in teh Microsoft Health web dashboard, and Golf With TaylorMade, which provides distance to the front, center and back of the green while it tracks your strokes, steps, heart rate, and calorie burn.