The latest version of the award-winning fitness app Track Runner, by Boston-based The App Cauldron, an app development startup dedicated to creating innovative mobile apps exclusively for Windows Phone, uses the new Lumia SensorCore SDK to provide motion data support.
The Track Runner app provides its users with high accuracy GPS tracking and advanced statistics. It is the only running app with intelligent track and lap recognition; and it makes use of scientific methods to further enhance the training experience.
While using Track Runner on a Windows Phone 8.1 device (such as the Lumia 630, 930 or 1520 with Cyan), runners can train more efficiently with heart rate monitor integration and the SensorCore data can help to minimize the risk of injury.
This app update uses the processing resources on the Lumia smartphone to analyze motion data, and it can then replace the need for dedicated fitness gadgets such as pedometers, stride sensors or GPS watches.
“Previously this has only been available on the iPhone 5s”, says Sarah Fegert, co-founder of The App Cauldron (check out their DVLUP profile). “Nokia’s latest Lumia devices bring motion data to a more affordable price point. That’s why we were excited to work with Microsoft to bring Cadence Analysis and Auto-Pause to Track Runner.”
According to The App Cauldron, studies have shown that runners can minimize their injury risk by adopting a higher stride rate (the steps taken per minute). A higher stride rate can reduce stress on the knee and ankle joints and is positively correlated with lowered injury incidence in runners. The new Cadence Analysis feature in Track Runner lets users see their stride rate, and is fully integrated with Gear Tracking to compare the stride rate on different pairs of shoes.
Auto-Pause automatically pauses the run after 5-10 seconds of complete inactivity, such as while waiting at traffic lights. Once the runner is moving again for a short distance, the run is automatically resumed.
Track Runner also analyzes heart rate data in real-time and provides heart rate zone notifications to guide the runner. The app features a variety of cardio analytics to help runners understand their performance level, including: average and max heart rate, info-graphs relating stress to pace, heart rate by split and the new Cardio Map. And if they want, runners can now connect Bluetooth 4.0 heart rate monitors such as the Polar H7 or the Wahoo TickR to the app, too.
The update also brings better social sharing, total climb and advanced voice notifications to the app.
You can download the free running app from the Windows Phone Store and see for yourself how they are putting the Lumia SensorCore SDK to the test.
Create your own apps using Lumia SensorCore SDK
And of course, we want you to test your own app-coding skills, too. Check out the latest Windows Phone app Challenges that make use of the Lumia SensorCore SDK (there is one for new apps, and one to update an existing app), and whip your apps into tip-top shape!
You can also get more information about developing apps that use the Lumia SensorCore SDK.