(Easy) Custom Web Tiles for Microsoft Band

My wife leaves for work quite early in the morning and a few times every year has to turn back and take a different route as a result of flooding.  Now that she has joined me in the ranks of ‘Band Wearer’ I thought I would look to see if I could set up any kind of flood notification for her so that she wouldn’t get so delayed.

Here are the steps I took:

 

Having previously come accross this site:

http://www.gaugemap.co.uk/

which covers flooding points accross the whole of the UK.

I picked out the particular point of interest (Haw bridge), which has it’s own twitter site here:

 

https://twitter.com/riverlevel_0030

 

Now, in the good old days getting an RSS eed from Twitter was a straightforward affair but now you have to go around the houses as the API requires a unique identifier for the feed.

I did some searching on the web and came accross this which looked to fit the bill:

 

http://www.labnol.org/internet/twitter-rss-feed/28149/

 

Following these instructions and substituting the above twitter feed I was able to end up with my own RSS feed of Haw Bridge Tweets:

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Perfect!  Now it was just a question of running through all the steps of the web tile maker here:

https://developer.microsoftband.com/WebTile/ChooseLayout

(Reproduced below)

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… and i was good to go!

 

NB I have submitted the tile to Microsoft, if it passes muster (not sure if the google bit will) then you should be able to load it direct from the gallery using the “Microsoft Health” App on your device.

(See previous web band article here for another ‘getting started’)

Microsoft Fitness Band Web Tiles

 

Microsoft Band

While not strictly fitness  related the Cortana ‘news feed’ on the band is nevertheless one of the most useful day to day features.  If, like me, you enjoy this additional functionality then read on!

One of the nice side pieces of functionality for this device is it’s ability to display RSS feeds – this means that if you have a particular favourite subject, be it anything from Dog Grooming Tips to the usual Geek related  news you can be alerted of new nuggets of information without having to delve into your pocket (or handbag) and pull out your Phone!

I thought it might be useful to add a few tiles that  I created myself to this page – to use them on your own band all you need to do is navigate to this site on your phone (iPhone, Android or Windows Phone) and click on them – this will trigger the install and they should end up on your Fitness Band.

From time to time I will update this page with new Tiles so be sure and check back!

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