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      Latest reply on Jan 7, 2019 1:58 PM by KMT
      EmreGun Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



        I have been working on a private project regarding to development of an Apple watch traning app via Swift programming language (Xcode).

        I have done some researches to be able to obtain small distance displacement of an apple watch( in cm ) in a short time period( in seconds), but the only libraries which i found were cllocationmanager or cmmotionmanager,

        but as i see none of them were suitable for a small distance calculation (in cm) and as fast as (in seconds) required in my app.

        I have found some complex formulas with accelerometer datas to calculate a concrete distance displacement, but unfortunately i could not realize them in Swift.



        I would be grateful, if you could suggest any available libraries in Swift or inform me if it is possible to make concrete calculations for small distance displacements (in cm) in a short time (seconds) or not.

        Coding Ex:

        ->Click button to detect first location


                latestLocation = (x=0cm, y=0cm, z=0cm) ->calculated by Apple watch


        ->Apple watch moves 3 sec

        ->Click button to detect second location

                latestLocation2 = (x=30cm, y=20cm, z=0) >calculated by Apple watch


        ->Calculate and show displacement

                 X.text = String(format: "%.2f", latestLocation.x - latestLocation2.x)

                 Y.text = String(format: "%.2f", latestLocation.y - latestLocation2.y)

                 Z.text = String(format: "%.2f", latestLocation.z - latestLocation2.z)


        Thank you very much in advance.


        Best Regards


        • Re: Obtaining small distance displacement of an apple device(watch) in cm
          Claude31 Level 8 Level 8 (9,145 points)

          What do you want to measure ?

          absolute movement ?

          Watch movement relative to the bearer ?


          In the first case, you need to know initial speed. Consider the case where you are in a train, moving at constant speed and direction. No acceleration except g (measured by the sensor).

          So if you integrate twice acceleration of 0, you get 0 movement ; even though you have moved with the train.


          So, the referential must be specified.


          In the second case, if you want a very rough estimate of short movements on very small period of time, you could:

          - considering that initial speed (relative to body) is zero

          - considering the sample time  (∂t )of accelero

          - compute over the small time period T = N ∂t (for instance 1000 samples of 10 µs for a period of 10 ms


          - get the instant accelerations at each sample time : a(n), with n from 0 to N

          - compute the velocity (on each axis) at each time, for n between 0 an N

                    n                          n

          v(n) = ∑  a(i) ∂t      = ∂t   ∑ a(i)          because ∂t is always the same

                 i=0                        i=0


          Repeat for movement along this axis: you want the position at instant T = N ∂t, so x(N)


          x(N) = ∑  v(k) ∂t               where values of v(k) have been computed above.



          That could give you some estimate of the movement.


          You would not control a rocket with this, but could it be enough for your purpose ? Hope that helps.

          • Re: Obtaining small distance displacement of an apple device(watch) in cm
            KMT Level 9 Level 9 (15,785 points)

            Is there an associated use case that demonstrates exactly what type(s) of movement you are using as an example?


            Perhaps this API:



            ..and this framework will get you going in any case: