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Old 10-03-2013, 09:40 AM   #1
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Default The Lifter Droid

Howdy,

I will be starting a final year project at the university (me being IT guy). I was thinking about an Android app. The concept is that I would connect my phone to a blue-tooth heartbeat sensor , and show the current BPM on the screen all the time, while recording it into a flat file which would be later synced to a Google Drive account to make it available for further analysis.

This is the sensor of choice. (predominantly because there is NO app coming with this and is compatible with most of the existing fitness apps which makes the coding a tad bit easier due to the conventions)
http://beetsblu.com/

Additional functionality would be drawing a graph for the last X minutes, and the ability to set BPM baselines in order to facilitate a Green/Amber/Red semaphore system.

i.e. After a workout you would know what is your max heart rate when you are doing a heavy squat set. That would be your top, and depending if you want to do growth focused sets or high intensity sets, you could set a bottom BPM or a percentage, and a little light on the phone would go from Red to Green when your heart rate goes below the specified limit so you could start you next set.

My questions here are somewhat theoritical
- Would you wear a strap while working out to learn a bit more about yourself?
- I know there is tons of fitness apps out there, but they are mainly for running/cycling. If your answer is yes to the previous question, what extra / different functionality would you like to see in an application which is geared towards aiding bodbybuilding / powerlifting / strongman type excercise?

I have not commited to do this yet, so ANY feedback or idea is really welcome.

Thanks in advance
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