Microsoft Band SDK Preview

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Description

When the Microsoft Band was first released (and sold out and is still not available online...) every dev who got one, wanted an SDK too. It took a little bit, but now, now we finally have the first preview Microsoft Band SDK!

Microsoft Band SDK Preview

The Microsoft Band SDK Preview gives developers access to the sensors available on the band, as well as the ability to create and send notifications to tiles. Enhance and extend the experience of your applications to your customers' wrists.

Band SDK Preview for Windows Phone

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Band SDK Preview for Android

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Band SDK Preview for iOS

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Create amazing app experiences for Microsoft Band.

Extend the experience of your application to your users' wrists via a new dimension of interaction. Create an app that can send UI content to the band, keeping users engaged when they're in motion. Your app can also receive data directly from the band sensors, giving your users more reasons to interact with it. Create a personalized, data-rich, custom experience and enhanced scenarios that will engage users in ways only possible with Microsoft Band.

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Access sensors

Use a range of sensors including heart rate, UV, accelerometer, gyroscope, and skin temperature, as well as fitness data, to design cutting-edge user experiences.

Create your tile

Keep users engaged and extend your app experience to Microsoft Band. Create tiles for the band that send glanceable notifications from your app to your users.

Personalize your app

Monetize your app by offering users ways to customize the band. Change the color theme, or bring the Me Tile to life by changing the wallpaper.

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Documentation

Overview
Introduction
The Microsoft Band SDK Preview is designed to allow 3rd party application developers to harness the power of the Microsoft Band hardware. The SDK gives developers access to the sensors available on the Band, as well as the ability to create Tiles on the Band and sending notifications to these tiles for their applications. Through the SDK you as an application developer will be able to enhance and extend the experience of your application to your customers’ wrists. This opens up a whole new dimension of interaction and enables new, richer scenarios for your applications that make use of the capabilities of the Microsoft Band.

Applications that work with Microsoft Band essentially make use of the Microsoft Band SDK Preview to communicate to and from the Microsoft Band. The application logic runs on the host OS (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone) and it remotely controls the UI of the Microsoft Band as well as receives contextual information and sensor data from the Band.

Features
The features offered by the SDK are as follows:
 Multi-platform support
 Subscribing to sensor data from the Band
 Sending application notifications to the Band
 Allowing and application to personalize the theme of the Band

The following subsections describe these features in more detail.

Multi-Platform Support
Given the multi-platform support of Microsoft Band, the SDK is also supported on all of the same platforms the current Microsoft Health and Sync applications are released on. This includes:
 Windows 7 or later
 Windows Phone 8.1
 Mac OS X 10.9
 iOS 8
 Android 4.2 (API 17)

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Here's the Windows Phone Sample...

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The Discussion

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    Beefiron

    In the documentation, I see that you can get sensor feedback to give distance, so distance walked or run. Is there a way to just get the Band's current GPS position as co-ordinates?

    Thanks

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