No, you can’t get heart beat data from Android Wear smartwatch using Google Fit API

At least for now. This is what Ian Lake from Google explained to me when I was struggling to read the real-time pulse from Fitness.SENSORS_API. Apparently, we have to wait for the next generation of Android Wear devices with BLE heart rate monitor on board. Until then, developers have to manually hook into raw BPM monitors and consume the data somehow. Ironically, they can later put all the pulse values into Google Fit (as DataSource.TYPE_RAW).

Together with my friendĀ Piotr, I’ve started to work on HeartWatch – an app that’s supposed to help monitor heart rate of elder people. We orderedĀ a Samsung Gear Live watch from Korea, hoping to use it with recently released Google Fit, but in that case we’ll have to implement our own mechanism.

Update: the app is now available on Google Play.

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