Microsoft interviews Active Fitness app creator

At the largest developer event in San Francisco //BUILD 2016 Active Fitness demonstrated how it can expand Microsoft Band with 50+ activities and add skiing and snowboarding to the device. Microsoft recorded a video interview with Kevin about how we worked with Microsoft Band team to make it happen:

Ski and snowboard with Active Fitness and Winter Sports at National Academy

Winter Sports app, a snow sports app built on Active Fitness cloud platform, has for a long time been the best kept secret ski app for tracking your skiing and snowboarding: it allows snow sports lovers to track skiing while disconnected, has thousands of ski resorts data, supports tracking with your smart phone (and now with 3D maps!) or wearables, has tracking battery life for more than 12 hours of non-stop tracking, plus anything you need to track during apres-ski time.

Winter Sports app truly cares about snow-sports community, by participating in professional ski and snowboards events, contributing to education and really being a grass root community of skiers and snowboarders.

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Today we’ll join National Academy, an annual professional ski in snowboard instructors event in Breckenridge, Colorado to ski and ride with top national ski and snowboard professionals and see how we can use Winter Sports app to track our elevation, impress buddies on chairlifts and more.

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Snow-storm in Denver dumped more than 4-5 feet of fresh powder in April over the course of two weeks. More than enough for the end of the ski season.

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Winter Sports app is very easy to use: at the beginning of your ski day simply start tracking and the app diligently keeps counting your runs, speed, elevation and statistics.

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What’s really cool about the app is its voice announcements features. The app detects when you are done with your run and reads you statistics on the chair lift up to a massive enjoyment of your lift buddies. For single riders it’s a great conversation starter! At the end of the day the app also shows you all your runs, displaying your highest elevation points and speed:

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Winter Sports app uniquely supports Telemark Skiing

Winter Sports is the only app that supports Telemark in addition to Ski and Snowboard. Most apps simply focus on running and cycling, but Active Fitness has more than 50 activities to chose from!

 

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Telemark with Jim Shaw, Scott McGee and Charlie McArthur

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We had a chance to telemark with all three of legendary authors and contributors to the official Telemark Technical Manual and track our telemark skiing with Winter Sports app and Microsoft Band. How lucky we are!? This is an incredible luck to hit the slopes in this company. As far as I know, Winter Sports app is the only app in the work that tracks telemark as a separate activity, and Microsoft Band when connected to Winter Sports app can actually show you telemark performance vs other fellow freeheelers. I doubt I can compete with National Telemark Team members, such as Charlie McArthur, Scott McGee or Jim Shaw, but I feel that my modest app contribution to telemark as a sport was well received by professionals!

Conveniently, you can see your and your friends’ trails in the app:

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How to use Winter Sports app and Microsoft Band while Skiing

Winter Sports app expands Microsoft Band with snow-sport related activities: skiing, snowboarding, telemark, cross-country and more.

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How to use 3D Maps with Winter Sports app

Skiers and snowboarders care about elevations and mountains they ski! With Winter Sports app you can now view and share gorgeous trails you ski in 3D:

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How to share on Facebook, Twitter, Vkontakte etc with Winter Sports app

Winter Sports app is very social and allows you to post your trails live on Facebook, Twitter, VKontakte, Instagram and other social networks! Simply hit share button on any of your trails. Users can also attach images and pictures to trails.

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How to check how many steps you made

Checking how many steps you made is easy with step-counter. The app automatically tracks your steps or turns and shows you statistics and charts.

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Social action photography with Winter Sports

Winter Sports has always been a strong app for action photos. You can take photos or attach pictures to trails and activities and share them on social networks.

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Training with Winter Sports

Winter Sports has built-in training programs that track interval activity, for example for hiking, walking or cross-country skiing.

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Statistics and data from more than 2,000 ski resorts

Winter Sports has snow reports and data from more than 2,000 ski resorts worldwide.

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Active Fitness adds 3D maps

Both Active Fitness and Winter Sports apps for Windows 10 Mobile have been updated with 3D maps. Microsoft recently announced 3D maps availability for Universal apps at its annual //BUILD conference. This makes Active Fitness and Winter Sports by far the coolest looking tracking apps on Windows. You can also share your 3D routes and trails on social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter and add photos to existing trails. This is especially cool for activities such as hiking, skiing, snowboarding or even activities in the cities. Let’s look at some of the 3D maps in Active Fitness. Some of the coolest looking 3D trails:

Skiing in France (Courchevel and Trois Vallees)

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Walking in New York (Near Empire State Building)

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Cycling in San Francisco (Crossing Golden Gate Bridge)

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Oh, and Happy Birthday, Kevin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Startup expands Microsoft Band with 50 new activities, helps extending tracking time to 24 hours

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. Active Fitness has an exciting announcement just before Microsoft //BUILD conference in San Francisco: with Active Fitness and Winter Sports apps you can now expand your Microsoft Band with 50+ new activities and even keep GPS battery life beyond 24+ hours while still getting ski updates on your Band! Yes, Microsoft Band can now ski and snowboard, the apps also add fun activities as dog walking, shopping and even inline skating from all over the world to your Microsoft Band! Active Fitness cloud platform user base has grown to more than 2 million users recently, not bad for a small shop from Silicon Valley, California. Active Fitness platform also powers apps from top brands and sport manufacturers with a combined revenue of $1 billion.

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With the launch of Active Fitness Windows 10 apps, Active Fitness announced it can expand Microsoft Band capabilities via clever programming. The apps extended user base to 2 million users recently, and allow users from many apps access Active Fitness social network: Active Fitness, Winter Sports, also powering apps from several top brand sports manufacturers with a combined yearly revenue of $1 billion. The startup plans to extend Microsoft Band support to its iOS and Android apps. thanks to Microsoft Band’s cross-platform integration.

So how does it work?

If you own a Microsoft Band, simply install Active Fitness or Winter Sports apps from the store (for now only Windows 10 Mobile version of the app supports Band integration, but the publisher plans to add Band support to Android and iOS versions shortly). Go to Settings, Band and turn the switch on to enable Microsoft Band support. Then you can enable any of 50+ activities that Active Fitness or Winter Sports apps have to your Band. And this is it!

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One of the most unique features of Active Fitness that no other competitor can match, is very extensive winter sports support: ski, snowboard, cross-country skiing, telemark, Nordic walking, mountaineering and other sports people love doing in the snow. In fact, Winter Sports, a snow sports version of Active Fitness earned credits for being an official app of Professional Ski and Snowboard Instructors of America and participated in many sports events on the snow.  Winter Sports runs on the same cloud powered platform of Active Fitness, which means users can use the same cloud account to login to the apps. The //BUILD announcement comes just in time for ski season 2016: with a little help from Active Fitness and Winter Sports apps, Microsoft Band can now do skiing!

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In addition to tracking activities, Active Fitness also includes powerful training programs, interval training, social community with friends, fitness pictures (similar to Instagram but fitness-specific), information about trails from more than 2,000 ski resorts worldwide and unlimited number of trails created by users themselves. In fact, Active Fitness blog details some of the travel adventures possible with the app.

Active Fitness cloud platform runs on Microsoft Azure, the most scalable platform in the world. That guarantees its scalability and advanced social and cloud integration. The Active Fitness user base rocketed to 2 million users in a couple of years, which is a stunning success. Active Fitness has trails from any nation of the world it seems, which aligns well with the company slogan: trails created by you. Another cool thing about Active Fitness is that it is using Xamarin technology, another hot startup acquired by Microsoft recently.

SUMMARY: With Active Fitness and Winter Sports apps, Microsoft Band gets many more activities, including skiing, snowboarding and about 50+ others. These apps also help the Band conserve GPS while still getting ski, snowboard or other stats from the apps. Active Fitness is a small privately owned startup in Silicon Valley with 2 million users in its fitness social networks and apps.

MORE RESOURCES

Active Fitness website
Winter Sports website
Active Fitness Trails Worldwide
Active Fitness official blog

Ushuaia – the End of the World

Ushuaia is officially the end of the world, Antarctica is just a boat ride away. After a 3 hour flight from Buenos Aires we arrive in the airport of Ushuaia. As we fly over mountains, the reach of Antarctica becomes visible:

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Ushuaia sky can be very dramatic. If you have time to take a boat along Beagle Channel, it’s one of the best adventures and is well worth the time.

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We used Active Fitness to track this walk from downtown to Museo Maritimo. Downtown Ushuaia is full of shops and restaurants: local crab is something really worth tasting.
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If you have time to ski, Cerro Castor is a great ski resort about half an hour drive from Ushuaia. With Active Fitness we had a chance to visit it with Cerro Castor for the Interski event with the US team of Professional Ski and Snowboard instructors. Great place to ski or ride!
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