Library for accessing and transfering data from the Fitbit health device
by Kyle Machulis [email protected]
Nonpolynomial Labs - http://www.nonpolynomial.com
libfitbit is part of the OpenYou project for Open Source Health Hardware access - http://openyou.org
If you find libfitbit useful, please donate to the project at http://pledgie.com/campaigns/14375
WARNING: This project is only for the ANT based Fitbit Ultra tracker. Newer trackers like the One, the Zip, the Flex, the Force and maybe upcoming ones use the bluetooth protocol, and are thus incompatible with this project. If you are looking for a utility to synchronise your bluetooth based tracker with the Fitbit services, have a look at https://bitbucket.org/benallard/galileo .
Thanks to Matt Cutts for hooking me up with the hardware - http://www.twitter.com/mattcutts
libfitbit is an implementation of the data retrieval protocol for the fitbit health tracking device. It also implements a synchronization client for synchronizing data with the fitbit website on platforms not supported by Fitbit currently.
The main goal of the library is to augment the services already provided by the fitbit website, allowing for developers to make interesting new applications that access the fitbit data in smaller time chunks on the local machine, as well as giving users the ability to back up their own data without having to rely on the web service.
Currently, the library only implements a proof of concept of the protocol and web interface in python. This will be turned into a C library, which can then be SWIG'd or otherwise interfaced to other languages.
The fitbit reverse engineering document in the doc directory may also be used for implementing the protocol in new languages without having to read code (not that my ability to convey the protocol in english is all that clear).
Source repo @ http://www.github.com/qdot/libfitbit
You'll need to either run as root or set up a udev rule to switch out permissions on the base VID/PID. We'll hopefully have a udev rule checked in shortly.
FitBit original driver is claiming the device resulting in premission errors when libusb wants to claims it.
A solution that works everytime is simply to disable the driver by renaming it:
cd /System/Library/Extensions sudo mv SiLabsUSBDriver.kext SiLabsUSBDriver.kext.disabled
To re-enable it, just rename it again, and reboot again.
Don't even know if it works there yet. :D
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