Aerobic intensity is measured in MET http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metabolic_equivalent which is more meaningful than step counting with a pedometer. Optionally, Google My Tracks is started when intensive walking or running is detected to record exercise with more detail.
This information can be used to:-Provide information on total exercise, health and activity levels.Automate exercise tracking.Infer further lifestyle information by combining with other information sources, for example location data.
Activity Classifier draws less from your battery than pedometer apps as it has a 20% duty cycle. Power consumption is lower than Cell standby and Phone idle during testing shown in the sample screenshot.
Classification accuracy is increased if the accelerometers are calibrated. To do this, lay the phone flat on a level surface and touch the "Start Calibration now" entry on the settings screen. After completion place the handset on the long edge and repeat.
Select the "Keep Accelerometer On" option if you get a faulty accelerometer message too often. This will increase battery consumption but is necessary for the Xperia X10 and some other handsets. If you still regularly get a faulty accelerometer message in the task bar then your handset doesn't allow the accelerometers to function when the screen is off as discussed at http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=3708 and this app will not be useful.
To see your activities on-line authorise access to Google Docs (Fusion Tables only) by touching the authorise request in the task bar to see your activities in two Fusion Tables. One has a full data set and the other is a subset of the first and intended to be shared with friends or published. The summary table is hyper-linked from the top of the activity list. Activity graphs as seen at http://blog.urremote.com/2012/04/activity-data.html are best viewed in a desktop browser as the SVG graphs do not display in most Android browsers.
Modify SD card contents - Used for "Copy Database to SDcard" command. Database can be viewed with Root Explorer app.Your location, MyTracks - Used for controlling the MyTracks app. MyTracks must be installed first. MyTracks uses location, this app doesn't.System Tools - Prevent phone from sleeping so as app can monitor activity when the screen is off.Read phone state and identity - Learn data connection state.Network communication - Used to upload activity data to Google fusion tables.Your accounts - Used to connect to your Google fusion tables after in app authorisation.
You will get live data from whatever sensors e.g. heart rate you have connected to My Tracks including the SRM Power Control 7 which we used for tracking the 2012 Tour Down Under Bicycle Race as described at http://blog.urremote.com/2012/02/adventures-tracking-bicycle-racing-why.html .
How to setup the application:
1. You need to have My Tracks installed.
2. Sharing and access to third-party applications needs to be enabled in MyTracks. You’ll find the setting in Menu-> More-> Settings -> Sharing -> Allow access. This allows the bridge application to control MyTracks (turn recording on and off) and retrieve sensor information (e.g. heart-rate data) from MyTracks.
3. When first run, the bridge application will ask you for your MapMyTracks username and password.
4. You can also add activity details.
a. The title is the name you give to the activity. It must be unique which is achieved by adding a time stamp.
b. Public or private. Public allows everyone to see the activity details. Private activities are only available to you.
c. Select the activity type from the list.
d. Add any tags you may wish. The tags group activities and make them easier to find. You can place tags for the event you are in, the team you are in, etc. Activities are grouped by tag in hubs on MapMyTracks. Tags can optionally be date stamped so that multi day activities can be grouped by day.
When you begin your activity:
Press the start button.
It will not start recording until it gets a GPS fix usually under 15 secs with a good view of the sky. It is live online when you see “Uploaded XX:XX:XX” with timestamps coming up on the “updates” portion of the screen. The web page is about 5-15 seconds behind your activity. It is designed to be in the background. Switch back to My Tracks to see your map and data as you undertake the activity.
At the end of your activity:
1. Go to the bridge application and press the stop button.
2. You can view the offline details of the activity in MyTracks.
The application responds to intents allowing remote starting/pausing/resuming/stopping. Intents are com.urremote.bridge.intent.* where * is START, PAUSE or STOP. We used this with the Tasker application in the Tour Down Under to trigger the application at scheduled race starts and to remote control the application by SMS.
More information at blog.urremote.com/2011/11/is-live-bicycle-tracking-going-to-have.html.