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  1. Access to GPS data through Microsoft Band SDK

    Allow developers to access GPS data such as location(Lat, Long).

    116 votes
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    • SDK update to allow devs develop and deploy stand-alone band apps

      The current version of the SDK only allows for communication between a mobile app running on the phone and the band. That is understandable given that it is version 1.0. I hope the next version of the app is going to offer capabilities to develop stand-alone band apps which will truly open the band to developers everywhere to implement many of the features requested here.

      111 votes
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      • Let developers read Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) data through SDK

        As i can see, there is no way to read Galvanic Skin Response data via official SDK (even though there is an app which can, somehow show all these "hidden" sensors: https://www.windowsphone.com/it-it/store/app/band-sensor-monitor/68f97b41-de2f-4579-a473-5d476a5c5196)

        86 votes
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        • Affective and Stress detector included in the SDK

          Using a combination of the Band sensors and Machine learning it could be possible to offer affective and stress measures (currently i'm working on that as part of my research). It could be useful for self-monitoring but also as a SDK to build very innovative apps.

          84 votes
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          • SDK support for band to trigger a background task update of app due to user interaction on band

            The user should be able to take actions on the band that trigger a background task on the connected device to provide more info.

            40 votes
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            • Receive Action button events (Simple press, double press and long press) just like button_pressed event

              It would be great if we can receive action button events from our tiles. That means to be able to create a layout or to activate the blinking arrow that shows there is an action available.

              39 votes
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              • Let us create proper applications for the band

                Let us create full applications for the band, as a developer I have many little apps that I really want to make but the current API is super limited.

                I want to make apps that control home automation (lights etc...), send emails, even little games like a tilt based snake would be awesome.

                Yes I know that battery life would be much lower if people were playing games on them etc... but people are already used to that on phones, give us the API to make quality apps for the band.

                28 votes
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                • Access to Microphone via Microsoft Band SDK

                  Grant developers access the microphone in the Band via the SDK

                  25 votes
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                  • Apache Cordova plugin

                    We need a Apache Cordova plugin for Cordova developers so we can develop for the band via Visual Studio 2013 and Cordova Apps

                    24 votes
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                    • Add more interactions to the Band through the SDK

                      Currently you can't trigger actions from a custom tile on your Band. This is a huge Limitation. It should be possible to create Buttons which interact with the host app on my phone (without the need to unlock my phone)

                      23 votes
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                      • Access Batterylevel from SDK

                        I want to read out the current battery status from my app.

                        19 votes
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                        • Add a class with all layout pattern defined in the Design Guidelines document

                          I'd like to have methods to create all the default layouts so you can call these methods with IDs as parameters, then it returns a PageLayout. It could be in a static class or in a manager. I'm using the Android SDK.

                          18 votes
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                          • Unity 3D Integration

                            We need an easy way to integrate the Band SDK in Unity 3D projects!

                            10 votes
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                            • Custom Guided Workouts for Developers

                              I've seen in both the Band SDK and Cloud API where I can programmatically access Guided Workout activity data, but not define and push a custom workout TO the band. This would be huge for us 3rd party developers. Am I missing something? Is this possibly an undocumented feature? I know that internally, it's probably as simple as pushing a JSON object that defines a workout to the device...so why isn't that functionality exposed to us?

                              10 votes
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                              • Allow sensors data to be logged and later retreived

                                I would like the band to start logging data - such as accelerometer and then later allow retrieval via BLE. My application would require the band to be work for a day and then later collect all the logged data.

                                10 votes
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                                • Add ability to build custom menus and user interface

                                  If we want developers to build anything more complex than a flashlight or take readings from the sensors, they need the ability to build menu's and a user interface.

                                  9 votes
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                                  • Allow Dialog messages to show other buttons besides "Dismiss"

                                    Currently, we have the ability to show a dialog message to the band. This comes with a default "Dismiss" button. However, I need to replace it with a "Snooze" option or other buttons. Then, I need to have that response communicated back to my calling routines.

                                    8 votes
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                                    • Have Hackathons for MS Band app ecosystem to get more innovation from community

                                      With the widespread release of the Band and with the press reviewing the Band and knocking the device for lack of apps, we need to start getting grassroots efforts to get more developers to building apps. We need to start planning for Hackathons for the MS Band.

                                      7 votes
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                                      • Expand the number of supported barcodes, i.e. QR-codes, CODE128 &c.

                                        It would be nice if the Band could be used to display more variants of barcodes than just PDF417 and CODE38 since these types of barcodes are far from universally used. For example, if support for CODE128(b) is added then the Band can be used for ticket scanning by one of the largest ticket vendors in Sweden (Tickster).

                                        7 votes
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                                        • Love my band 2

                                          Will be sad to see no more bands from Microsoft.
                                          Despite rubber cracking on 2 bands, mb2 was a great asset with lyme disease.
                                          Thanks Microsoft.

                                          7 votes
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