WeChat launched an API for smart hardware today. The first batch of gadgets on board are five activity-tracking wristbands from four makers, iHealth AM3, Codoon, Mambo and BonBon by Lifesense, and the one recently released by Huawei’s smartphone brand Honor.

It’s an open secret that WeChat has been figuring ways to involve smart hardware products. We heard that WeChat might introduce a solution from an Internet-of-things solution provider. WeChat itself would develop some application programming interfaces for smart devices to build applications on top of WeChat — WeChat has a public account system that has enabled businesses or organizations to build sophisticated web-based features for their accounts.

After scanning a QRcode, users will sign up to the public account of a gadget and be able to check activity data collected through the navigation menu in the WeChat account. They, of course, can share their data entries onto WeChat Moment, a social sharing service.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com