Nowadays everyone has a smartphone, but smartwatches are the next big trend. Experts suspect there will be as many as 224 million smartwatch users by the end of the year.
Wearable devices are a fun way to check notifications with ease, but they excel in one thing: fitness tracking. A smartwatch can monitor your heart rate, track your movements with GPS, and more. How do you build a fitness tracker app that makes the most of this potential?
In this bite-sized guide, we take a look at optimising your fitness tracking app with wearable devices.
Real-Time Data Tracking
Smartwatches use built-in sensors to collect biometric data from their users. Let’s take the Apple Watch, a popular smartwatch type, as an example. It collects data like:
- Heart Rate
- Blood oxygen levels
- GPS position
Third-party apps, given the proper permissions, are able to access this information as well in real-time. It can help users adjust their fitness goals, gain critical insight into workout effectiveness, and more. Make sure to gather this information as you design your app.
Smartwatches connect to a smartphone and its apps via Bluetooth. This allows them to provide seamless data synchronisation with the host device. Information is always up-to-date so the user has the freshest insight.
When building your app with Builder.ai, ensure a continuous information pipeline that syncs with the cloud from moment to moment. You can do this either by having a custom watch app, or having the watch call home to a phone-based app. Use proprietary systems (like iCloud) to streamline the process.
Smartwatches would have little use if they applied a blanket recommendation to all users. AI has forever changed the ability to custom tailor the insights we get from our data.
Ensure your app uses AI to customise a user’s fitness recommendations. These could be notifications that they need more cardio, identified changes in their physical activity, and so on.
For example, a user gets a notification that their heart rate is abnormal and indicative of AFib. Then they can see a medical professional for further diagnosis.
Gamification is, in a sentence, making everyday tasks feel game-like. For example, offering digital “rewards” for the successful completion of a task. A user might get a congratulatory screen for completing seven uninterrupted days of exercise.
Fitness is usually quite boring; there’s not much motivation to be had in weightlifting or a run. It’s key for your app’s survival to transform a rote task into one that is engaging at every angle. Successful gamification means more app engagement, and therefore more money in your pocket.
Build a Fitness Tracker App with Builder.ai
When you build a fitness tracker app, you have a wealth of biometric data to work with. It’s easy to transform real-time data into personalised recommendations that are available on both devices. With successful gamification strategies, you can ensure your users use your app more.
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