Android Wear Support is here!

With the latest update to V2.2, Storica now supports Android Wear!

After you install the update, a companion application will be installed on your paired Android watch. We support round as well as square watch face layouts.

After starting the app on your watch, you will be presented with the following screen:

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The topmost icon turns from a plain red to the shown stop icon IF Storica is currently recording on your mobile. Otherwise, no button can be clicked! With the stop button at the top, you can stop any ongoing recording on your mobile.

At the moment, we support the recording of event and mood annotations, similar to the widgets you usually place on your launcher screen. When pressing either of the annotation buttons, you will be presented either with the supported moods or the list of events currently being defined in your Storica configuration on the mobile (the list of events is retrieved from your mobile when you click on the event button):

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Clicking on any entry will send the selection to the mobile device and you will see a positive notification your watch – you have now annotated through your mobile!

If your Android watch supports a heart rate sensor, you will see the small heart below the annotation buttons in the starter screen (see above). Pressing this heart button will start the sensing of your pulse:

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Storica attempts to read your pulse for about 20 seconds and will average any readings made. Unfortunately, the readings are often difficult to obtain – this is not the fault of Storica but an inherent drawback of the used sensing technology (the optical sensor used in most watches is not very reliable in obtaining valid values). If a valid reading is possible, you will see a brief positive confirmation with the value, being sent to the mobile for storing. Otherwise, a negative confirmation will be shown.

What else is new in V2.2?

The  Android Wear support is a big update but this is not all. We have also introduced support for altitude visualizations as timelines in the detailed daily visualizations. We support altitude based on GPS, relying on the recordings of the GI sensor.  If your device supports a barometer sensor and you have enabled the recording of the PU sensor, you will also find a timeline for atmospheric altitude in the list. For this, we normalize the readings with the highest value above the default sea level pressure of 1013.25 bar, as shown in the figure below:

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Due to the usage of atmospheric pressure, there are certain precautions for using the obtained altitude values. For instance, pressure can fluctuate significantly when travelling in a car or train. This results in changes in altitude being shown that are aligned with the actual movement during the day. Hence, it is therefore best to limit the usage of this visualizations for times when mainly a cycling or walking activity was done – the example above shows a day out at the English coastline with sometimes step climbs.

In addition to these new visualizations, we also introduced the possibility to toggle the marker and path information in the mapview. For this, we changed the behaviour of the Toggle Path menu, which now switches between showing only markers, path + markers and path only. The latter is particularly useful when wanting to see the track of the day without the markers being in the way. Note, however, that without the markers being shown, you will not be able to obtain any specific information (the context panel and the address at a particular marker point).

Last but not least, we also tweaked the widget sizes, aligning them now with the smaller 1×1 size, while also providing now high-res imagery for all widgets.

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