If you’re a developer and you’ve been interested in building using Microsoft’s newly-released Software Development Kit (SDK) for the Microsoft Band, you’ll now have more features than ever before to take advantage of.
Redmond is introducing some new features and APIs to the development software, including Web Tiles which sound exactly like the are: Live Tiles featuring information sent to Microsoft Band from virtually any web-based data source, somewhat similar to how pinnable live tiles for websites work.
As with many other recent Microsoft moves, the web tiles only need to be written once in order to work across multiple platforms (Windows, iOS, and Android).
Authoring a Tile is simple: Developers can choose to read the Web Tiles documentation and author the Web Tile using their favorite text editors, or they can choose to author the tiles using the newly released Web Tiles Authoring Tool which provides a UI-based, step-by-step guide to creating a Web Tile package in as little as five minutes.
Microsoft has also added Health Cloud APIs that allow developers to enhance their apps’ user experience by offering rich health and fitness features such as:
- Profile – Provides the user profile for the specified user.
- Devices – Provides associated devices (Microsoft Band and Phones) for a user. Also provides details of a particular device based on ID.
- Activities – Provides user activities for a specified date range or ID. You can get Activity summaries as a list for a given time frame or you can get Activity details for a given Activity. An Activity can be one of the following: Sleep, Run, Workout, Bike, Guided Workout, Golf
- Summaries – Provides hourly or daily summaries for a date range. Currently supports:Steps, Calories, Distance, Heart Rate
Finally, Microsoft is taking developer feedback to heart and is introducing new changes to the SDK as a result:
- Refreshing of 3rd-party tile contents in-place
- Better support for building icons as buttons
- Ability to control the tile screen timeout
You can find out more via the source link. Let us know what you think of the new changes in the comments below.