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  1. Make the Band waterproof

    The current band is awesome, but I'd like to keep it on during a swim in the ocean.

    4,512 votes
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      73 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
    • Trade in program for Band 1 to Band 2

      I love my band but would like to upgrade to the newer product. So how about giving a deal to the faithful band owners!!

      1,407 votes
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        35 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
      • Fix design flaw in Band 2 strap which causes separation after normal use in about 30 days.

        Fix the design flaw in Band 2 strap which causes the rigid part of the display/strap to separate from the soft/flexible part of the strap after normal use in about 30 days.

        More context here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/band/forum/msband2-band_hardware/cracked-rubber-on-my-band/620c2ce6-ed5c-4973-99c3-7b914d8101ad

        1,239 votes
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          224 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
        • Don't discontinue the band!

          Rumor is that the Band is going the way of the Zune. Don't kill it! Keep it!

          563 votes
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            46 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
          • Water proofing

            Make new bands both water proof and sweat proof. Make a swimming tile.

            402 votes
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            • Bluetooth connection to existing heart rate chest straps

              The heart rate signal is not always accurate enough for serious athletes. It would be great if the band could communicate with existing bluetooth compatible heart rate chest straps. That way we can get more accurate readings when we need it, and use the approximate built in HR sensor for all other cases.

              168 votes
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                26 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
              • Add NFC for payments and phone control

                It would be nice to be able to pay with NFC embedded in the band. The Starbucks bar code is fun, but the scanning is kind of hit or miss. NFC would improve that. NFC on the band could also be used to trigger actions on the phone, for example coming home we could hold the band next to an NFC tag on the door post to toggle wifi and sound profile on the phone. I'm sure there are many other uses.

                143 votes
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                  9 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                • Improve Battery Life

                  Tried out the bike feature on my 2.5h ride from Kirkland to Greenlake. #DeadBattery #RecordedNothin Without battery aware software, the Band is not usable as a fitness device.

                  102 votes
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                    13 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                  • Fix short circuit issue

                    The charging pins connect to the battery housing after a certain time of use and lead to a short circuit with many units.

                    See here:
                    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/band/forum/msband2-band_hardware/microsoft-band-2-powers-down-and-wont-power-back/1e4500d4-ce05-46d3-a75a-153535a0b1d7

                    94 votes
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                      10 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                    • Add a blood pressure sensor

                      I don't know, if such a sensor exists or if it's even possible, but it would be nice if it's possible.

                      87 votes
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                        10 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                      • Offer an extra large (XL) band size

                        The current sizes cover many people, but not all. Another size above the current Large would be great for people with particularly thick wrists.

                        79 votes
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                          19 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                        • A more conventional form factor (watch like, round, square)

                          LOVE all the sensors and abilities. Even willing to put up with the battery life. The form factor could be improved though. It's just not as comfortable as other designs. You could pack the same sensors and abilities into a device that is more conventional and fits the wrist better.

                          64 votes
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                            17 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                          • Band 3 Battery Improvements

                            I) Widen the band by 10 % and install a larger (flat) battery respectably
                            II) Enable fast charging. Current charging time is 1.5h (!)
                            III) As Qi and Kinetic charging is not technically possible please consider flexible battery developed by Samsung:
                            http://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/samsung-flexible-battery/
                            IV) Enhanced battery management. Most of us run/bike with the phone on a sideband. Take the GPS data from the phone and heart rate from the band and combine the data in the app.

                            61 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                            • Provide more Band colors (sky blue, pink, etc.)

                              1) It would be really great to offer Microsoft band with various colors, especially sky blue and a multi-colored one with the colors of the rainbow.

                              Keep the good work, you are on the right path.

                              55 votes
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                                8 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve Heart Rate Sensor

                                When I am cycling and lifting, the band has a difficult time locking on to my heart rate especially when I am moving around. A more consistent sensor would help.

                                52 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                                • Fix Microsoft Band 2 tearing issues

                                  The Band’s sides (thin skin membrane) are somehow starting to tear or rip. It is a fatigue crack that initiates on the outside of the band about 3/4" from the screen, right where the band transitions from being very rigid to very flexible. In my opinion the transition from rigid to flexible is much too short.

                                  43 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                                  • Improve GPS locking ability

                                    My band does not always locate the GPS signal or it takes a long time to do so. I often run the same 10 km route. This happens even though I sync the band on my phone immediately prior to the run - which I understand updates the data on the band so that it can more quickly pick up the GPS signal I.e. A-GPS.

                                    I live in a city but the route that I run is mostly not in the shadow of tall buildings or trees etc. So I do not believe that the GPS signal is blocked.

                                    Once…

                                    40 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add a third button to the band

                                      I sweat a lot when running or doing a workout. The screen is unusable if your finger has the slightest amount of moisture on it. I have been unable to stop the activity on the band due to moisture. A third button would enable a positive stop/start to whatever you need to stop/start!

                                      30 votes
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                                        6 comments  ·  Hardware  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make the Band 2 clasp thinner/smaller

                                        Make the clasp thinner. (thinner than the display)
                                        A thinner clasp would be
                                        1. more comfortable
                                        2. feel more natural and less clunky
                                        3. less likely to catch on things

                                        29 votes
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                                        • Add support for wireless charging

                                          I have bought in to the Qi wireless charging system for my Lumia phones. It would be great if I could charge my Band just be dropping it on the pad rather than use a proprietary cable. It might be tough to get the coil in the already-packed device but if you could find room, that would be great.

                                          27 votes
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