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  1. Display distance left to destination

    If it's hard to get the band to display directions, simply have the band constantly display the distance in metres from a destination which has been entered. Then one can use it as a navigation aid when e.g. walking round a town. Ideally, the display would be green if distance decreasing, red if increasing and amber if about the same.

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    • Improve Battery Life by having a Battery Saver Mode

      Like the lumia phonese, have the Band power down to just essentials when the battery reaches 10%. i.e. kill watch mode, message and appointment alerts and limit syncs with tethered devices.

      44 votes
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      • Larger time display (font) during Sleep mode

        When in sleep mode, the display is blank. That's fine. If I wake up in the middle of the night, I’d like to know what time it is. Hit the button to see a large crescent moon and the time in a tiny font. When I’m bleary eyed and just woken up it’s very hard to read that tiny font. Why does the moon need to be so big? The daytime display of time is great.

        41 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Sleep  ·  Admin →
        • Add Crazy Metrics

          This platform is incredible and has so much room to go. If Microsoft wants to make the Band and their health app the standard for wearables, they need to do some very out of the box things with this concept. I suggest using Microsoft's cloud to crunch massive amounts of data over long periods of time to offer insights that nobody else is.

          Ideas for ways to look at data:
          Sleep based on weather - Imagine the Band telling you to head to bed earlier because you don't sleep well when it rains.

          Sleep based on city - People who…

          5 votes
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          • Historical Heart Rate Chart With Details Over Time

            I would like to be able to track down the heart rate data during an activity to the actual sample. It could be a chart where I could click a particular time and see it instead of a smoothed out chart. The smoothed chart does not let me see where it was not recorded or what it dropped down to a particular point in time.

            31 votes
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            • 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 →
              • Automatic activity/day classification (auto detect activities)

                The Band needs modes where it will automatically detect modes of activity such as sleep, running, walking, weight training etc. That includes automatically turning on GPS fro running and walking.

                Martin

                12 votes
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                • Access to Microsoft Health data cache on Band

                  There must be a cache of heart rate and other data on the band - from the API we can access the live streaming data, but I would like to be able to access the existing data.

                  That would enable applications such as the Adaptive Sleep Patterns alarms, to monitor heartrate through the day, and get 30 minute warnings - as the Windows Phone will only allow your app to run in specific intervals.

                  6 votes
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                  • Show more information on the home screen (me tile)

                    The existing concept is to keep things minimal, and this is best for many people. But for others like myself, I want to see as much information as possible at a glance. I'd like to see a mode that packs information tightly onto the screen. For example: date/time/weather/battery/heart rate/uv/stock quote. As much as the resolution allows while still being a readable font. Without going crazy on configurability, maybe have predefined min/medium/max levels of information density.

                    36 votes
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                    • UV info while an activity is running

                      Hi, make it possible to show the UV info on the Band while running a activity.

                      2 votes
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                      • More features

                        There are several features I would like to see on the Web dashboard that would be very easy to add:
                        - The "Best" section should display things like your record steps in a day
                        - All sections with bar/line graphs should allow you to highlight a section and tell you the data gathered in that time (steps in an hour, average heart rate, etc).
                        - Workout, run, and bike graphs should show you calories per minute.

                        There are lots more things to do with the web dashboard, but these are some easy items and I can't understand why they aren't…

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                        • Integrate with madbarz.com for custom workouts

                          make your own workout / or integration with madbarz.com app

                          3 votes
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                          • 3 votes
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                            • Testing The Band for Sleep

                              Please have a truly reputable sleep center (such as Weill Cornell Sleep Center in New York) test the algorithm you use in The band for tracking sleep. I have been instructed by a sleep center not to rely on the sleep tracking mechanisms in devices like the Band.and, moreover, have been told that device manufacturers have discouraged such testing since, when it comes to the facts, they would just soon "let sleeping dogs lie".

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                                1 comment  ·  Sleep  ·  Admin →
                              • Support Stress Management

                                Add a stress level measurement (based on HR or anything else) + integrate it with my calendar to find patterns + give notifications for increased stress level.

                                21 votes
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                                • Bluetooth syncing is very weak

                                  The bluetooth syncing with the iPhone is very weak. Sometimes the Band will try to sync indefinitely and I will give up and reboot the phone or connect it to the desktop app. Either of these usually solves the problems. There must be some bugs in there.

                                  Martin

                                  11 votes
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                                  • 3 votes
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                                    • Add option to disable Watch Mode when entering Sleep Mode

                                      add option so that when the Band is put into Sleep Mode, the Watch is no longer displayed during the sleeping session. The time can still be available if pressing the power button.

                                      10 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Sleep  ·  Admin →
                                      • Have Hackathons for MS Band app ecosystem to get more innovation from community

                                        With the widespread release of the Band and with the press reviewing the Band and knocking the device for lack of apps, we need to start getting grassroots efforts to get more developers to building apps. We need to start planning for Hackathons for the MS Band.

                                        7 votes
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                                        • Allow selection of the email accounts for which you receive notifications (VIPs on Android/iOS)

                                          I've enabled e-mail notifications on my Band but, by default, my Android phone will send notifications for new email in both my work and personal accounts. That's all well and good but I receive about a bajillion emails (I'm rounding up) in my work account so, in my instance, I'd like to just exclude that account — since any critical work messages I'll get by TXT anyway. Thus, I'd like to be able to select the precise email accounts for which I'll get notifications on the Band.

                                          Similar functionality exists for Windows Phone — in the form of 'VIPs' —…

                                          35 votes
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                                            4 comments  ·  Mobile Apps  ·  Admin →
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