plus many more.
We installed a small set of these on the conference device but users can install a much bigger range using the simple Bluetooth App Store that the Espruino team has created for Bangle.js. Anyone can submit a PR for their App to be included in the App Store. That includes whatever cool watch faces you develop.
Everything is Open Source of course.
Whilst Bangle.js at NodeConf EU is mostly about fun and experimentation, it is backed by very serious intent. NearForm believes deeply in sustainable Open Source, Open APIs and your right to your data. Bangle.js has the potential to kickstart a community-driven open health platform where anyone can build or use any compatible device and everyone owns their own data.
As always with the NodeConf EU badge, we’d like to thank all of the people behind the scenes who helped to make it happen. In addition to the NearForm and Espruino teams, we really appreciated all the support from the Google TensorFlow team, in particular, Pete Warden and Ian Nappier. And of course, shout-out to Myles Borins!
I’d like to leave you with a few quotes from some of those involved.
Conor O’Neill, Chief Product Officer of NearForm said “Each year we ask ourselves how we can further promote the idea that Open Source is Art. And each year the look of pure delight on the attendees’ faces, as they receive their badges, makes all the work worthwhile.”.
James Snell, Head of Research in NearForm said “Bangle.js is the first major new project involving the recently formed NearForm Research group. You can expect to hear much more about our activities in the coming months.”.
Andreas Madsen, Data Science Specialist in NearForm Research said: "I normally work on a $10M supercomputer, so to squeeze a machine learning model down on 10kb and an MHz processor was a refreshing challenge, to say the least :)"
Pete Warden, Technical Lead of the Mobile and Embedded TensorFlow group in Google said: “It’s great to see the Micro version of TensorFlow Lite powering the gesture detection on this really cool device, it's been a fantastic collaboration.”
Ian Nappier, Product Manager of TensorFlow Lite in Google said: “Community and developer engagement are an incredibly important aspect of the overall TensorFlow project and it makes me so happy to see TensorFlow Lite for Microcontrollers running on the NodeConf EU watch.”
And finally, Agata Surgot, NearForm’s Graphic Designer said: “See, I told you a smartwatch was the way to go”. Conor O'Neill is Chief Product Officer at NearForm and is responsible for all productization activities and works closely with NearForm’s Open Source and R&D team to evolve the web platform. Some of the projects he has responsibility for in NearForm are Clinic.js and the NodeConf EU Digital badge.
Feel free to connect with him on LinkedIn.