Salutron, the maker of the LifeTrak activity tracker, is launching a public API, so that developers can now interact with LifeTrak data in their own apps. The LifeTrak API supports Android and iOS applications and all current and future LifeTrak activity trackers with Bluetooth. The data you get with the API includes heart rate, all day calorie burn, all day steps, distance, sleep and actigraphy (rest and activity cycles).
If you haven’t seen one yet, LifeTrak is a sleek wearable wrist device that tracks heart rate, calorie burn and foot distance traveled. It can transmit that data wirelessly to any Bluetooth device, and in case you feel like taking a plunge, the device is also waterproof up to 90 feet. LifeTrak sells for $50 to $100, depending on whether or not you get the Bluetooth option.
Unlike other activity trackers compatible with dedicated apps, Salutron says that LifeTrak is also compatible with popular apps such as Argus and MapMyFitness.
Salutron is not alone in the world of minimalist designed wearable fitness trackers. Similar products include the Nike Fuelband, the Jawbone UP and the Fitbit. All three products also have APIs. Jawbone recently opened up its API to the public, and the Nike Fuelband API is only open to a select group of developers.
Salutron hopes that providing access to its API platform will create a larger ecosystem for its product. Interested developers should get in contact with the manufacturer.