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    Starbucks to accept Microsoft Band wearable payments

    Microsoft Band shows a Starbucks barcode

    Starbucks is to begin accepting payments from customers wearing the new Microsoft Band smart bracelet. To use the service, customers link their Starbucks Card to their Band and can then present a barcode displayed on the wearable device to the cashier for payment processing.

    “Download the Microsoft Health app on your phone,” Microsoft explains. “On the top right of the app, select Manage Tiles. Tap the Starbucks slider. Select Add Card. Enter the 16-digit code on the back of the Starbucks Card when prompted. Make sure the Starbucks slider is in the ‘on’ position and tap Save to sync these changes to your band.

    “With Bluetooth 4.0, your data syncs to your phone in the background so Microsoft Band is always up to date,” Microsoft adds. As a launch incentive, customers who order a Band from the Microsoft Store will receive “a free $5 Starbucks Card that you can load onto your My Starbucks Rewards experience on your Microsoft Band,” the company adds.

    The Microsoft Band is primarily aimed at health monitoring and includes ten sensors for 24-hour heart rate monitoring, calorie burn measurement, sleep quality tracking and more. It also receives notifications for incoming calls, emails, texts and social updates and is available in the US for $199.

    A video shows the Microsoft Band in action:

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