Whilst it is a nice looking device I have to say I was a little disappointed in a way. I’d sort of hoped that they’d do something more around their software. Something that could help developers get their apps into the Pebble world and in so doing get it to compete more with the Apple Watch.
My guess would be that it’s something along the lines of bringing the timeline to the original Pebble smartwatches. I hope it’s more though, a lot more. There’s quite a few things that I’d like to see come to Pebble. It’s got a lot of potential, but I don’t think it’s been properly exploited as yet.
I’d love it to be more about smart straps too, that would be great. I think that’s one of the few areas they could really get an edge over the mass market that the Apple Watch has developed.
Anyway, I’m hoping for something interesting from them on Wednesday.
This is a very useful little Pebble Time app that just gives a signal if the bluetooth connection gets broken between the watch and the phone. It makes a lot of sense. If you walk away and have left your phone behind you at least your watch will tell you fairly quickly that it’s lost its connection. Of course that’s no guarantee that you’ll find it or someone won’t have taken it, but it’s a start.
Now that would be super useful. I’m sure that it was promised a long time ago, possibly when the first Pebble watch came out, but it never really happened. Well, it didn’t happen at all.
The nearest thing to it is an app called This Button for Pebble, which allows an HTTP push from your Pebble. That’s really useful, but I’ve only been able to get it to work intermittently so far. Perhaps I need to persevere with it.
Of course, a real IFTTT channel would be better. Ideally for me it would have:
Access to buttons
Access to the microphone
That lot would do for a start anyway. That would be fun to play with and create recipes with on IFTTT. I’d like to see that.
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.