We find the future in each of the things that we touch, we are or speak. But few times we achieved it. The vision of some people about what’s to come is almost mission impossible to the prosaic, and that blindness there are no more priest who observe a project rejected by their hands is a complete success in the hands of another. The technology is full of these stories, and today we’ll talk about one of them.
The Pebble smart clock was the most successful crowdfunding Kickstarter page, surpassing the original figure of $ 100,000 who hoped to get to the more than $ 10,000,000 obtained in the end. Eric Migicovsky You should remember are a smile to investors of the Y Combinator company that not endorsed their vision, but no doubt, had in mind to the nearly 69,000 people that it did.
In Pebble focused on the field which neglected the competition: the importance of software
The premise of the device was simple: a smart watch e-ink, to optimize the use of the battery and with an easily readable screen in any condition, that receive notifications on your Smartphone almost all of us in the Pocket. In principle, that is the idea of the few options in Smart Watches that are on the market, but in Pebble focused on the field that others neglected: the software. The important thing is the software.
A path to the technological maturity
When at the beginning of 2013 clock finally began to reach the buyers dolls, yet much remained to be done. He had worked hard on the hardware, in the way that the product had way without neglecting any factor. Accelerometer, screen e-ink, magnetic charging… Nevertheless, the variety (including quality) of the first watchfaces or available apps, was mediocre. People was too quick in qualifying small fiasco to the project, and I don’t blame them.
IOS the panorama was, until the end of last year, even more bleak. While Android notifications were easily configurable and customizable, the official app for iOS 6 company could only work with some notifications of native applications, and do not use their own operating system.
In November 2013, Pebble became useful for users of iOS. With the update yesterday, the device is extremely interesting
However, in November, with the upgrade to iOS Pebble control center 7, notifications – full – system already appeared on the clock, taking complete control over them. And there were more. A new operating system, version 2.0, is promised as he cherry promising improvements in the key points that would turn into truly powerful, interactive applications, very visually improved. And all of them integrated in an own appstore with the ability to manage them. Yesterday we enjoyed the update, and it has changed his life to the device.
So is the new Pebble appstore for iOS
The update of application for iOS is the first that launches the company (rather than that of Android), and with it have at our disposal not only the ability to update our Pebble via Bluetooth from her, but also feed it with apps and watchfaces with very exciting new features.
Once we have created our account and we’ve updated our clock, the application presents some recommendations of apps we can download at the same time, or continue with the process to choose them directly on the appstore, featured sections, recommendations, classifications by theme…
Within it we have two large sections: watchfaces, or the clock interface customizations, and apps, applications that allow you to perform various actions from the Pebble directly. The store interface changes slightly in both sections, showing him classified in the first case lists or categories in the second.
One of the most interesting features of the new application, is the section My Pebble, where can be visually what we have on the clock, and keep on a section of the application called “locker”: a kind of virtual locker where we store the watchfaces or apps that do not fit us into the phone (which is still limited to 8 a maximum of any kind).
The concept of loading and unloading from the new box office virtual “locker” application, facilitates the exchange of customizations to the maximum
In addition, another new feature is the ease to configure the parameters of each app from within this section, already now are controlled many of them from here without having to install third-party applications (although there are still some that require it).
The process to pass an app or a watchface to watch is simple: If you are in the Pebble, we downloaded, if you are in the “locker”, we carry it. Everything very quickly, very visual, and informing us throughout the process. A huge improvement with respect to the previous version official app, which gives a new life to the device and how to work with it.
All management and navigation by the store, and even what we have installed on our watch is now an authentic enjoyed, although personally I’d like to that the software would allow me to uninstall the watchfaces that brings the default and use those slots to load more personalized.
The software makes the difference
The new possibilities offered by the OS Pebble 2.0 and the appstore, they are really interesting: we can now find classic games such as the Asteroids (or a clone of Arkanoid), check-in on Foursquare, keep track of a shipment or play a multiplayer chess game from our doll. And tools are in the hands of developers, who only have fact that begin.
Pebble quality improves dramatically with the new operating system and opens a world of possibilities to developers
No doubt, a fantastic update that enhances the strength and the power of a good software on hardware designed to be exploited, nurtured and pampered to the detail design. We only hope that the next innovations that present us Pebble they are, as little, as interesting as we now have on our wrist.
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