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IpSensorMan Manages talking to various sporting sensors using ANT+™ or Bluetooth or Bluetooth Low Energy interfaces. Using a separate app allows multiple client apps to access to the sensors simultaneously. Most of the hard work for talking to the various standard sensors is provided by the app simplifying the client apps. Simplified information is broadcast to any registered application that wants access to the sensor data.

This product is ANT+ certified and complies with the following specified ANT+ device profiles:

Bicycle speed data
Bicycle cadence data
Bicycle combined speed and cadence data
Bicycle power data
Heart rate data

Beta support for the following profiles. Not gone though certification yet.
Stride Based Speed and Distance (footpod)
Environment (Garmin Tempe)

Polar Wearlink®+ transmitter with Bluetooth® and Zephyr HxM BlueTooth Heart rate monitor support added with 1.2.6

Bluetooth Low Energy / Bluetooth Smart support is currently in beta please see http://www.iforpowell.com/cms/index.php?page=btle-beta for details and to sign up.

IpSensorMan should recognize other ANT+ sensor types although full decoding support is not currently implemented.

Currently the applications using IpSensorMan are:

IpBike an ANT+ sensor based bike computer. https://market.android.com/details?id=com.iforpowell.android.ipbike

IpPeloton an app to show details from other ANT+ heart rate monitors and power sensors. So you can easily compare your effort with your riding companions effort. https://market.android.com/details?id=com.iforpowell.android.ippeloton

IpWatts an application to log the data from multiple power sensors simultaniously with a single timebase. Also logs a single Speed, Cadence and Heart rate source. The app you need if you want to compare Power meters.

IpSmartHr an app to display your heart rate on Sony's SmartWatch.

Other applications may well be added.

If you are a developer and want to use this interface then please feel free to email me.

Permission reasons.

Network communications - full Internet access. The crash reporting system want this. Also I collect usage stats via flurry.com. I am really interested what phones it is installed on and what ANT+ sensors it is used with. You can switch this off from the options.

Hardware controls - ANT radio access. I won't be able to do much without this one.

System tools - modify global system settings, prevent phone from sleeping. There is an option to keep ANT active when the phone is in airplane mode which us useful for saving power, this needs to modify the system settings. You still need to do the airplane mode entry yourself. This feature needs at least version 2.6 of ANT Radio Services. If we are actively monitoring the ant radio the phone will not sleep, the screen may still go off though.

Bluetooth - in order to support the Bluetooth Heart rate monitors.

ANT Compatible phones.

HTC Rhyme
Sony Xperia™ S
Sony Xperia™ SL
Sony Xperia™ Arco S
Sony Xperia ion
Sony Live with Walkman
Sony active
Sony Xperia arc
Sony Xperia arc S
Sony Xperia mini
Sony Xperia mini pro
Sony Xperia neo
Sony neo V
Sony Xperia M
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Sony Xperia pro
Sony Xperia ray
Sony Xperia X8
Sony Xperia X10 mini
Sony Xperia X10 Mini pro

For details on USB Host mode and using an ANT usb stick please see


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Version History

Launched Jan 12, 2014 (over 6 years ago).

Releasing new versions every over 1 year, on average.

Apr 14
Version 2.0.4

Fix potential crash while enabling Bluetooth.

Apr 08
Version 2.0.3

Getting Dynamics really working.
Cycling dynamics and Running dynamics support added.
You need to have Power in none plugins mode for cycling dynamics.
Need to have HR in none plugins mode if with HR Run sensor.
Tweak Android 10 permissions request.
Got Btle working when you have an equivalent Ant sensor.
Get spinner working while doing a manual search.
Support for newer Api's for BTLE scanning.
Log errors if startLeScan fails.
Some bug fixes around plugins restart code.

Dec 17
Version 2.0.1

Move to latest Ant plugins library fixes Android 10 crash.
Added average cadence workaround for BTLE power issue.

Nov 17
Version 2.0.0

Major public release update from the old 1.2.6. Bean in beta for years.

Addition of Bluetooth low energy support.

Major re-write of underlying ANT code.

This version has run-time permissions. If you have trouble open the app up and make sure you give permission.

Jan 11
Version 1.2.6

1.2.6 Fix for ANT failing to initialize after the ANT Radio Service update 4.0 on slower phones with Bluetooth switched off.
Full release with support for Polar and Zephyr standard Bluetooth HR sensors. Not BTLE till Google get there act together.

1.2.4 Fixed issue with support for new version of the Bike power profile (3.0) stats not quite working correctly.
Total rework of the logging system to allow logging of low level data to help debug when needed.

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