One week since its unveiling, let’s take a look at all of the activity so far…
User Contributed Apps
One really refreshing aspect of Bangle.js is seeing attendees and others continuing to create and submit apps to the App Loader/Store after the event. The published total stands at 44 apps after just one week.
We think there are three main reasons for this engagement:
1. A watch is fundamentally more approachable than an IOT badge to a much wider audience
3. The App Loader/Store showcases their contributions in a way that code in a repo can never deliver
Your Apps and App Ideas?
Whether you were at NodeConf EU or not, we’re sure you are just as excited as us by Bangle.js. If you have ideas for a watch app or suggestions for areas where Bangle.js might be useful outside of traditional wearables, please let us know via this feedback form. And of course the best way to support the Espruino project and Bangle.js itself is to back Gordon’s KickStarter and get involved.
I remember @cynthia1960's squee of joy when she saw the badge last year, but this is just amazing!
— Emma needs ☕️ (@triagegirl) November 10, 2019
Work for a charity?
As Emma says, we’d love to see more apps that help people. If you have suggestions for how Bangle.js might be used in a charitable context please let us know via the feedback form too. We’d love to discuss how we might be able to help. Ideas around IBM’s Call For Code for 2020 and similar initiatives are very welcome.
Some of our favourite apps
Here’s just a few of our favourite submissions which anyone with a Bangle.js can install:
A fantastic version of Tetris went live after just 24 hours:
— Aivo Paas (@aivopaas) November 13, 2019
Learn Morse Code:
— Jhey (@jh3yy) November 13, 2019
Party Parrot is back:
— Dominykas Blyžė (@eDominykas) November 12, 2019
The NCEU logo, animated:
— Osmond van Hemert 👨🏻💻 (@ovhemert) November 11, 2019
— tretton37 (@tretton37) November 11, 2019
Gordon has also made a short video showing some of the apps in action.
And if you really really wanted a badge this year, Adam Braimbridge has you sorted:
We are already seeing some cool watch faces being created, in addition to the standard morphing clock. Here are some of them:
Spent the evening hacking on my Bangle.js watch from @Espruino. Figured out how to replace the default clock face with one of my own creation and started poking around at some of the internals.
— Nick O'Leary (@knolleary) November 16, 2019
— Dr_root (@Drroot9) November 13, 2019
Gordon Williams’s KickStarter for Bangle.js has exceeded all expectations. It currently stands at more than 4x the original target after less than a week. I personally expect it to break €100k and that’s mostly via word-of-mouth. We have a fantastic working relationship with Gordon and we’re excited that every Bangle.js that ships will be running software that we helped to create.
Initial Response on Social Media
We were really chuffed to see such a positive response on the Pebble Sub-Reddit.
— Woj Sierak (@wsierakowski) November 11, 2019
— Jhey (@jh3yy) November 12, 2019
You can find the watch OS here: https://t.co/S7jnnE71t7
You can find a kickstarter to get hardware loaded with the OS here: https://t.co/OMH64ihyW4
This is 🔥
— Tierney Cyren (@bitandbang) November 11, 2019
— Lucas Recknagel (@lucasrecknagel) November 10, 2019
— Jan Kleinert (@jankleinert) November 10, 2019
I really really miss not attending #NodeConfEU 2019!
— Trivikram (@trivikram) November 10, 2019
— Studio Hyperdrive (@studiohyperdrv) November 11, 2019
— Luciano Mammino (@loige) November 11, 2019
— Stewart X Addison 🇪🇺 (@sxaTech) November 10, 2019
— Julie Ng (@jng5) November 11, 2019
— Chris Veleris (@chrisveleris) November 14, 2019
- Adafruit: Bangle.js: the hackable Smart Watch @Espruino @kickstarter #banglejs
- Fossbytes: Bangle.js — A Hackable Smartwatch Powered By Google’s TensorFlow
- Heise Germany: Bangle.js – die Smartwatch, die gehackt werden will
- Geeky Gadgets: Bangle.js hackable smartwatch raises more than $100,000
- Techworm: Bangle.Js: The Hackable Smartwatch Powered By Google’s TensorFlow
- Tesztarena Hungary: Bangle.js – a szabadon módosítható, programozható okosóra
- Die Smartwatch: Open Source Smartwatch Bangle.js auf Kickstarter erfolgreich
- Simplified AI on Microcontrollers
- Notebookcheck: Bangle.js: Günstige und hackbare Smartwatch sucht Unterstützer
- Geeky Gadgets: Bangle.js open source hackable smartwatch £47
- Mr Hacker: Bangle.js — A Hackable Smartwatch Powered By Google’s TensorFlow
Don’t forget to keep submitting those apps and ideas. And keep an eye out for our post about Machine Learning and TensorFlow Lite for Microcontrollers on Bangle.js, which will land very soon.
As always at NodeConf EU, Nico Kaiser took lots of fantastic photos that you can browse on Flickr. You can read about Sunday’s announcement here and I also have a detailed post about the gestation of it here.
Conor O’Neill is Chief Product Officer at NearForm Research, working closely with the Open Source and R&D team to evolve the web platform and with responsibility for all productization activities. Some of the projects he has responsibility for in NearForm Research are Clinic.js, the NodeConf EU Digital badge and Bangle.js.
Feel free to connect with him on LinkedIn.