Goodbye Pebble, I think

For ages I’ve been trying to find better ways to make use of my Pebble Time. I’ve tried music related apps. There weren’t many. You can see above the ‘chordinator’, but there was also a metronome, and even a synth controller that I could never make work sadly.

I did stumble over some other briefly useful apps, like a headline app for BBC news, and a public transport app that was brilliant, although it seems to have given up now. They were good, but never amazing.

So now it seems that at some point in the not too distant future the Pebble will stop working completely. Which is really disappointing. Apparently Fitbit intend to keep things going for a year. That’s nice, but what’s going to be more interesting is what alternatives might spring up for Pebble users. Things like alternative operating systems. I’ve been doing some research on this. There were a couple that looked interesting.

AsteroidOS:

This is quite an interesting OS but doesn’t support Pebble, at least not at the moment anyway. It looks good, but as Pebble isn’t even listed I’m not too hopeful.

Cronologics:

This was another possible, but has now been bought up by Google so it looks like it’ll become a part of Android Wear. So it’s a dead end.

Pebble-Bits:

This is actually an iOS app that lets you create and install custom firmware. Which might be useful in time.

Aside from that it doesn’t look particularly good. I’m hoping that users will develop a community based solution to this. That’s the best outcome. The worst outcome is that Pebbles will be bricked and become obsolete. I really hope that doesn’t happen. I’d like to think that my Pebble has some life left in it. This is especially important for two or three reasons.

  1. I’d started looking into building my own Pebble app as I couldn’t find any that really did what I wanted.
  2. I’ve got a Pebble re-phone kit that I literally got out the day before Pebble got bought.
  3. I’m still waiting for a Deus Ex Aria smart strap from kickstarter

So it would be nice if the Pebble itself lasted a bit longer.

Time will tell what happens next. As for my own next steps, I still plan to tinker around with this stuff, and as I do I’ll post any results worth sharing.

Now that’s a shame, The Aria Pebble Strap is running 2 months late

I was looking forward to this. It seemed like a great device and I’ve got quite a few ideas on how to use it, but they’re going to have to wait now for at least an extra couple of months it seems. These things happen I guess, and let’s face it, all kickstarter stuff tends to be late, especially hardware, so I shouldn’t be too surprised really.

Still waiting for Pebble Smart Straps

There’s been a couple of kickstarter projects that have been interesting but so far neither have delivered the goods. I’m still hopeful that the smart strap idea will deliver some really interesting possibilities and make the Pebble into more than just a smart watch and more of an IoT device.

I think next year will be a bit of a make or break time for the Pebble.

Deus Ex Aria: The Evolution Of SmartWatch Control … Smart Strap for Pebble Time

I’ve been waiting to see when smart straps would arrive for the Pebble Time. This one looks really cool, the only down side is the wait before they’re manufactured. It’s a whole year away! I guess I’ll wait. I’m sure there’ll be other people making smart straps in the interim.