Fan-boy Rant – Interoperability and Integration among Microsoft Hardware
Well you are aware that I’ve bought Microsoft Band and I also said I am a Microsoft fan-boy. Even though I really like every technology out there, and use what serves my purpose, I prefer using Microsoft technologies. Keeping that aside, I also own both Xbox One and Xbox 360 with Kinect. Of course I also have original Xbox. But I am not talking about that. I regularly play Sports and rigorously do Zumba dance with the help of Xbox Kinect, whether it is Xbox 360 or Xbox One. Now I also started wearing Band regularly and found I like it more and more. Since my Windows Phone sits on the table next to my “Xbox Studio room”, it really updates the stuff to Microsoft App on Windows Phone. I searched and couldn’t find Microsoft Health App on Xbox. I feel Microsoft should integrate both Xbox 360+Kinect 1 and Xbox One + Kinect 2 with Microsoft Band and of course with Game Studios to best use the Band facilities. And also it should work with developers who created apps like Zumba on Windows Phone to let them use the Band capabilities. That would be really cool.
Take a look at Microsoft Health Intelligence Engine image I pasted next, you wouldn’t see Xbox or Kinect in that image. Why Microsoft just left its greatest invention especially the lazy bums like that wouldn’t go out for workout, would definitely use Xbox Kinect Games like Sports, Zumba, and other activity games also burn calories and stay fit, I just can’t understand.
On Microsoft health portal web site they mentioned that they’ve a powerful vision which would allow their device and service partners to collaborate and provide wealthy of information about you and your fitness. In their words “Microsoft Health is the beginning of an exciting journey we’re taking to help you live healthier. We have a powerful vision of what’s possible when premium device and service partners collaborate on an open platform. Eventually, you’ll be able to use the information gathered from a variety of devices and services to give you insights into your entire day across nutrition, work, fitness and rest. We invite you to join us, whether you’re a partner, fitness enthusiast, or just wanting to live a healthier life, as we build this experience together.” Since the above statement is open ended, there is every chance that Microsoft could eventually bring an app for Xbox + Kinect owners and integrate the Band to leverage the Kinect power and take the platform to the next level.
I didn’t make it up, you could read more about their vision on their portal here. Since they’ve such a vision which is definitely powerful why they didn’t include their own premium device that could be used by entire family doing passive activities such as playing sports, dance and other physical activities is my sincere question to them. The Xbox App for Health could be a family app, which every member of that family who stand in front of Xbox Kinect with their band can automatically login and add their information and generate the reports and export it to “their” OneDrive or OneNote and print it and take it to next doctor’s appointment with them to support their purpose.
End of my rant.
I don’t think there is any doubt that Microsoft is hard at work integrating the Band with Xbox and Kinect. I think the Band, while loaded with potential and priced to appeal to the masses at 200 bucks was rushed. The design elements of the watch are terrible and Microsoft was clearly doing everything in thier power to launch the Band prior to the Apple Watch coming out. I’m not sure at this point that their approach of rushing the band to market was a smart one. Granted Microsoft has missed the boat on so many things in the past and had to play catch up but this product needs more design thought put into it than what they did. Apple however will have watch that will literally transform into so many different products. Fashion, fitness, wearability. I just think Apple will have a much more advanced and market ready watch and its branding will clearly sell tons of them. I will be getting the Apple watch at launch and look forward to your iSheep comments. LOL