Microsoft Band update adds WordFlow swipe-to-type keyboard

No sooner did Microsoft release the Microsoft Band last November, than the device was quickly sold out at Microsoft Stores. The popular fitness band tracks your heart beat, exercises and offers integration with Cortana. The latter is coming off a remarkable 83% accuracy rate in forecasting Academy Award winners! At $199.99, the wearable is priced to move.

An update to the Microsoft Band now gives it a dedicated cycling tile. The sensors keep track of distance and calories burned. And since the band knows that you are riding a bike, it will also track elevation and heart rate for cycling. You can also download a number of cycling based exercises. The cycling tile will work for outdoor bikes, or for the stationary variety.

One interesting addition to Microsoft Band is the WordFlow swipe-to-type keyboard. This might be hard to employ on a 1.4-inch screen, but it is there nonetheless and it does allow you to reply to messages by swiping your responses. While Microsoft has updated its web based Health dashboard to show you stats and graphs, the info is not available on the Microsoft Health smartphone app. Well, at least not yet.

Perhaps the biggest news is the release of an SDK for Microsoft Band that covers Windows Phone, iOS and Android. This should pave the way for many new features for the device in the near to intermediate future.

source: @paulstorms via CNET

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6 Comments

1. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

lol...if they only make a highly custimizable watch like apple...it would be great...what about that 3 screen watch??

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

uhhhhh i dont think wordflow was added just the keyboard option. windowscentral demoed it and no wordflow

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is wordflow that does the prediction for the words typed and also the spelling of misspelled words. The same article you talk about says this exactly: The keyboard uses Microsoft's World Flow technology, which predicts commonly used words and phrases. It says this within like the first 3 sentences

5. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

thank you I couldn't edit my post I wanted to say no wordflow swipe to text because you cant swipe

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

ah gotcha

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Too bad it's unavailable. It's been sold out online for two months now, but apparently the physical Microsoft stores are getting semi regular shipments, if you can find a Microsoft store.

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