1. TheZuneLune's Avatar
    I think these are pretty self-explanatory:
    • Weight Watchers
    • The Biggest Loser


    What others would other people lime to see?
    10-31-2014 12:15 PM
  2. Bkr11's Avatar
    I have a Concept 2 rower at home. Given they even show somebody rowing on the Band homepage, something could track strokes per minute (if you tell it your activity is rowing) would be cool. Doesn't need to integrate with software, but I've already pinged Rowpro to see whether they might integrate w/ Health and/or HealthVault in the future.
    10-31-2014 12:21 PM
  3. someone2639's Avatar
    Flappy bird. Duh.
    10-31-2014 12:23 PM
  4. yaggs's Avatar
    I would love to see an app that store loyalty cards that you can use to quickly pull up a scan-able barcode on your wrist!
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    10-31-2014 12:29 PM
  5. leo74's Avatar
    Great topic. The Band is opening up a complete new field for developers.
    What I would like to know is what apps you would think would be a great addition beyond health and notifications?
    I am trying to think completely out of the box here.
    10-31-2014 12:32 PM
  6. TheArcaneFlame's Avatar
    I would like to see integration with the Runtastic apps.

    I would also really like Garmin Connect to sync up so that cycling data would get imported. Ideally Microsoft Health would recognize that the workouts tracked on my Garmin Edge (bike computer) and Band happened at the same time and combine the data automatically. (or at least offer to do so) This way cycling specific data such as cadence or power output could be combined with the data from the Band to give a more complete profile of the workout. It would also mean I wouldn't need to wear a separate heart rate strap as it could just use the heart rate data from the band.

    (On a side note, if Garmin would ever get off their asses and develop a Garmin Connect app for Windows Phone we could get wireless upload of data as well as live tracking and weather info. Perhaps if they saw Microsoft Health as a promising platform it might finally push them to make this a reality. Fingers crossed.)

    Direct music controls are also a must. Having the ability to speak to Cortana and control music is nice, but I just want to be able to swipe or hit a button to control my music as needed. I have to believe this functionality will come in an update as it just seems so obvious. The option to display artist/track info would be slick as well.
    10-31-2014 12:39 PM
  7. thericeman's Avatar
    I would like to see integration with the Runtastic apps.... Direct music controls are also a must. Having the ability to speak to Cortana and control music is nice, but I just want to be able to swipe or hit a button to control my music as needed. I have to believe this functionality will come in an update as it just seems so obvious. The option to display artist/track info would be slick as well.
    Me, too! Although, since Runtastic sells competing hardware (albeit only for IOS and Android), I don't think we'll see that happening. :(
    10-31-2014 01:52 PM
  8. TheZuneLune's Avatar
    Great topic. The Band is opening up a complete new field for developers.
    What I would like to know is what apps you would think would be a great addition beyond health and notifications?
    I am trying to think completely out of the box here.
    I got the impression they were only opening it to health and fitness related apps.
    10-31-2014 02:01 PM
  9. cvflowe's Avatar
    Endomondo sports tracker!
    10-31-2014 02:23 PM
  10. leo74's Avatar
    I got the impression they were only opening it to health and fitness related apps.
    that is most likely the case for now, but I am sure there will be more opportunities beyond that later.
    10-31-2014 02:31 PM
  11. sketchy9's Avatar
    I have a Concept 2 rower at home. Given they even show somebody rowing on the Band homepage, something could track strokes per minute (if you tell it your activity is rowing) would be cool. Doesn't need to integrate with software, but I've already pinged Rowpro to see whether they might integrate w/ Health and/or HealthVault in the future.
    That seems like a great idea! I wouldn't get my hopes up about Rowpro, their software looks like it was designed in '90s and hasn't had a UI/UX update since. I know it's more recent than that, but for how much it costs, and the year that it is now, it shouldn't be as ****-poor as it actually is.

    I used the Band while rowing just as a generic workout and it seemed to get the calorie burn about right. Good enough for now, I suppose.
    10-31-2014 02:41 PM
  12. noirsoft's Avatar
    I'd like to see my app PollenWatch run on the Band and let me know the local allergy information. Of course, I first need to update it to work after pollen.com changed their message format several months ago! :)
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    10-31-2014 06:41 PM
  13. cardingtr's Avatar
    Flight app to tell me the terminal, gate, barcode and flight status.
    10-31-2014 08:46 PM
  14. smoledman's Avatar
    Hopefully MS doesn't drop the ball on this. The Band should be the #1 integrator of fitness services. They should not allow Apple to trump them on this. Let the Apple Watch be a mini-iPhone.
    10-31-2014 10:27 PM
  15. mcheiron's Avatar
    How about a biking app/ hiking app with average speed, climb, comparison to earlier rides on the same route, directions (1 vibration right, 2 vibrations left)...
    10-31-2014 10:33 PM
  16. TheZuneLune's Avatar
    How about a biking app/ hiking app with average speed, climb, comparison to earlier rides on the same route, directions (1 vibration right, 2 vibrations left)...
    I wonder if the GPS can be used to prompt you for hiking directions if you were to preload your route. Not that it would replace your maps, but help you not to miss a turn.
    10-31-2014 10:59 PM
  17. leo74's Avatar
    I wonder if the GPS can be used to prompt you for hiking directions if you were to preload your route. Not that it would replace your maps, but help you not to miss a turn.
    I was thinking about that. If you could trigger a vibration when a turn is close and display an arrow for direction on the band, that would be pretty cool for not only hiking, but overall directions.
    I guess you would still need to have the phone with you plan your route, but those little directions on your wrist would be nice.
    I read though, that Cortana already can give directions, just haven't figured out how yet.
    I will keep playing with it, maybe this is already there.
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    11-01-2014 09:52 AM
  18. TheZuneLune's Avatar
    As a matter of fact, Here integration would rock. Instead of voice prompts, vibrations. You could can glance at your phone to see the directions. No more music interruption!
    11-01-2014 10:46 AM
  19. onysi's Avatar
    I would love to see an app that store loyalty cards that you can use to quickly pull up a scan-able barcode on your wrist!
    You mean like CurrentC? the Apple Pay competitor?
    11-01-2014 10:47 AM
  20. Bkr11's Avatar
    You mean like CurrentC? the Apple Pay competitor?

    I think more like the loyalty cards that will track your purchases such as Vons, Ralphs, Walgreens, etc. Not payment, just rewards/tracking.
    11-01-2014 10:55 AM
  21. surfacedude's Avatar
    if microsoft could come up with a future band or band accessory that could take reliable blood pressure readings, then it's game over...microsoft would dominate whatever this market is.

    i think building in some blood sugar monitoring would be a smart move, too. not like a glucose reading device, but something that could automatically sync w/ a glucose monitor.

    i think buy building up functionality like this microsoft could tap into these unfortunately large and growing markets. and you could probably pickup other sales this way too. you know, i sone or daughter goes to by their mom or dad one to help monitor blood pressure and get in better shape...also decides, "hey, this is actually pretty awesome, think i'll get one, too."

    anyway, those kind of unique feature would make msft kind of hill in a comp. market.
    11-01-2014 11:22 AM
  22. crav4speed's Avatar
    You mean like CurrentC? the Apple Pay competitor?
    I think more like the loyalty cards that will track your purchases such as Vons, Ralphs, Walgreens, etc. Not payment, just rewards/tracking.
    Wallet integration!
    11-01-2014 12:53 PM
  23. TheZuneLune's Avatar
    if microsoft could come up with a future band or band accessory that could take reliable blood pressure readings, then it's game over...microsoft would dominate whatever this market is.

    i think building in some blood sugar monitoring would be a smart move, too. not like a glucose reading device, but something that could automatically sync w/ a glucose monitor.

    i think buy building up functionality like this microsoft could tap into these unfortunately large and growing markets. and you could probably pickup other sales this way too. you know, i sone or daughter goes to by their mom or dad one to help monitor blood pressure and get in better shape...also decides, "hey, this is actually pretty awesome, think i'll get one, too."

    anyway, those kind of unique feature would make msft kind of hill in a comp. market.
    I don't see Microsoft going that direction but I do see them selling their health platform services to companies who do make those things and the user being able to connect that data to their phone and to Health Vault.
    11-01-2014 03:08 PM
  24. mhc48's Avatar
    I'd like to see a notification on the band that it has lost Bluetooth connection. Mostly to prevent me forgetting to take my phone or leaving it somewhere. If notified soon enough, you could go back and get it.
    11-01-2014 03:11 PM
  25. surfacedude's Avatar
    I don't see Microsoft going that direction but I do see them selling their health platform services to companies who do make those things and the user being able to connect that data to their phone and to Health Vault.
    i agree. i was only suggesting ways that microsoft might take to further establish themselves as a devices companys--not merely a components company.
    11-01-2014 03:47 PM

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