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Lumia SensorCore opens up a whole world of fitness and life tracking capabilities

By Simon Thomas on 18th August 2014

 Lumia SensorCore

Developers can now get their hands on the Lumia SensorCore SDK


Lumia phones are more than just pretty boxes that run Windows Phone, they also bring their own ideas and innovations to the table, such as SensorCore.


SensorCore technology is built into some of the latest Lumia phones, such as the Lumia 930 and the Lumia 630 and it essentially allows sensors to run in the background, consuming minimal energy, so that your phone can tell where you are, where you live, work or frequently go, whether you’re running, walking or driving, how many steps you’ve taken that day and more.

 

 

It’s easy to see the potential uses for this, from having a 24/7 fitness monitor that you’ll always have with you because it’s built into your phone, to being able to more accurately blog and share aspects of your life, by attaching locations, times and activities to posts. It could also help in business, for example by tracking and optimising the movements of employees.


With all that data being recorded you might have some privacy concerns, but the data is only stored on your phone and you can wipe it at any time, so you’re always in control.


A few apps such as Bing Health & Fitness already make use of SensorCore, but much of its potential remains untapped. That won’t be the case for long though as Nokia has now made the beta SDK (Software Development Kit) available to everyone, so anyone can develop and modify apps to take advantage of it.


This could be a huge boon to Windows Phone and bring its health and fitness tracking capabilities in line with rivals, like the iPhone 5S which has a motion co-processor and will soon have a Health app and the Samsung Galaxy S5 which has an S Health app and a heart rate monitor.


Just how useful and prevalent SensorCore becomes is largely down to developers, but it sounds like the technology is there to track and keep a log of any number of things, so there’s a whole lot of potential.

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