Fitness app TRAINR now taps into Microsoft Band via your Windows Phone

Staff Writer

Fitness app TRAINR now taps into Microsoft Band

Since its introduction late last year, one of the Microsoft Band’s more unique features has been its guided workouts.  These workouts include exercise programs from brands like Gold’s Gym, Shape, and Men’s Fitness, and give beginners a good starting point.  Now third-party apps are beginning to tap into the power of the fitness tracker, too.

TRAINR is one such app, with the most recent update enabling it to tap into the Band’s wide array of sensors.  Whether you’re doing jumping jacks, squats, or yoga, the Band will understand the activity and count the repetitions accordingly.

Microsoft recently released the full SDK for the Band at Build, which allows apps like TRAINR to gain another level of sophistication.  New functionality includes:

  • Build apps that support Windows.
  • Create your own custom layouts for pages on third-party tiles using icons, text, buttons, and barcodes for payment options.
  • Receive events and button-click callbacks from the Microsoft Band to your phone app. If you press a button on a page inside your tile, your app would know which button was pressed.
  • Connect to the Band from background tasks.
  • Tap into calorie subscription from the Microsoft Band.

Will you be using TRAINR with your Band?