Help us help you rock the upcoming Pebble Time Smartwatch!
As I'm sure you know, the new Pebble Time smartwatch, a successor to the original Pebble/Pebble Steel, is being released through Kickstarter (having raised $1,000,000 in 49 minutes!)
Its display is now capable of displaying 64 colours which opens up a whole new level of customization in the form of so-called "watchfaces" and "watchapps".
These two customization options are what made the Pebble so successful and with more and more developers it continues to rise rapidly.
To cut a long story short, let us tell you where we come in:
We are two guys in love with gadgets/digital technology. Yes, you might want to call us "geeks", that's alright. Edwin is the brain, bringing all of Philipps's fancy ideas to life, writing the apps and watchfaces in C with Pebble's SDK. We are both constantly trying to push the boundaries with our watchfaces and watchapps.
We have already successfully released many watchfaces in the past few months, such as these:
In the order of appearance:
- RLR - A watchface designed to look like a ruler or an old style radio
- SCATTER - Watch the amount of circles and squares increase as time goes by
- BLKS - A nice and simple watchface featuring big numbers and all the important information at a glance
- CARDS - Display and rearrange up to 6 cards on your wrist
- TimeDock - Official watchface for TimeDock
Normal analogue or digital clocks are of no interest to us since we always want every one of our watchfaces to be special and "one-of-a-kind".
Besides updating our already existing watchfaces, we came up with some new ideas which we would like to have ready by the time the new Pebble Time launches in May this year. You will have the possibility to be a part of the journey, being updated regularly and able to letting us know (by voting) how certain things should be done (choice of colours, position of certain elements in the watchface etc.)
Here's a peak at what's in store...
We have not decided on the final name for this face but so far have called it "Fireball". The ball grows like a swoosh as the hour goes by and starts all over again once the next hour started. Every minute it grows a bit more by first shrinking back to its origin and then coming back having grown slightly. It will bring your Pebble Time to life! The green swoosh going in the exact opposite direction is the battery-indicator…shrinking as your battery goes flat. You will have options to choose the colour of both swooshes and much more!
We designed this face way back in autumn last year but never came around to bring it alive. And now it looks even better with the new colour display! As you can imagine, the time is being "shuffled" like the icons on a slot-machine (hence the name). You will also have the option to choose the "highlight"-colour behind the numbers and much more.
Another watchface with no name yet. So far we call it "speedometer". The blue circle displays the weekdays, the orange one is the minutes and the green one stands for the battery (turning red as the battery goes flat). Same here: you can define the colours in the options.
This watchface is really gonna make your Pebble Time's display shine by animating the colours every minute, filling the black background with beautiful shades of colour. We will offer some colour themes where you could choose the one you like in the options.
Kids of the 80s know exactly what this is:
The hero of our childhood is back! Have K.I.T.T.'s Voicebox right on your wrist with a talking animation (no sounds though) when the time changes.
On the lefthand side you see the date and on the opposite the remaining battery.
I think this one speaks for itself. The blocks will grow as the hours and minutes pass by. Just another take at displaying the time. As always, you can see the time as well on the top left so you don’t have to spend too much time counting numbers and stuff when you - for example - have to run for the bus.
A nice square design where you can choose colors and see the time in nice big numbers.
A plain face which will live through its animations.
Another kind of speedometer where we tried to put as much information as possible in. The top shows you the minutes, the bottom the hours and on the righthand side you see whether your Pebble is connected to your phone or not. The yellow circle displays the remaining battery capacity and in the very centre you have the day as well as the date.
A very simple yet very stylish face displaying nothing but the time and date. The remaining battery capacity will be optional. User will be able to select the background colour as well as the colour of the lines / font.
Our take on a watch face with two timezones giving you many personalizing options too! The inner circle shows the time for the first timezone (in the above example for Philipp’s timezone) and the outer one stands for the second timezone (Edwin, in the above example).
You will be able to choose your own timezone and give both of them a name (which unfortunately can’t be too long since the space is limited) apart from choosing a color for each of them. We are not yet sure whether to integrate the battery status dots or not. What do you guys think?
Another simple, yet very colorful face where the spiral grows every minute and resets itself every 30 minutes. The colors will be chosen randomly so you can be sure to always see different colors.
This is another face living through its animations. We could either let the circle grow every minute or have a pulse animation every minute changing the background color. This will really make the Pebble Time’s colour display shine!
Another one making your color display go wild! Every minute, a new randomly colored equalizer bar will rise (random height). The top half is 30 minutes and the bottom one too, equaling in 60 minutes. The battery bar acts as a divider. Every minute, when a new bar rises, the already existing ones will be animated to, giving the impression of an equalizer (hence the name). Since we do not expect you to count the bars all the time, we put a digital clock on the top left and the day and date on the bottom right.
Tree of Colours
This one will truly live on the colour screen! Every minute a "branch“ grows randomly emulating a growing branch of a tree (hence the name). Every hour it resets itself and since the growing and coloring happens randomly it always looks different. Same here: we put a digital clock in the centre so you quickly see the time at a glance.
You were asking for a simple, business suitable watch face and here it is. With this face you can pretty much enable or disable anything:
- change colors of the hour and minute dots - enable / disable the circle as well as changing its color - enable / disable the weekday, date and the digital time as well as changing their colors - enable / disable the battery bar as well as changing its color
We think this face looks really classy and hope you do as well!
Personal will be a watchface based around you - you will have the option of writing your name in the settings and have the face greeting you (it will adapt accordingly to the time of day). We're planning on some cool animations for it, and of course it will be supported on the original Pebble!
Worldmap, inspired by our original timezone watchface, shows you the times across the world you want to see, optimized for Pebble Time's colour display. You asked us for a timezone-face with more than 2 timezones and here it is. It features a nice pixelated worldmap and will show you a total of 5 timezones which you can of course define in the settings (timezone and color). We are not sure which version to code so help us by commenting on it, thanks! (Do I have to say it? There'll be animations, too!)
This is an early mockup - the design hasn't been finalized, and is still in the works. However, this timer will allow for more customization than a regular timer, and of course will feature some wonderful animations.
The stopwatch is still in the works as well, this is only an early mockup of what it might look like on Pebble Time.
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But wait, who's Tara Bauer?
As you may have noticed, Tara Bauer is listed as my verified name in my profile on Kickstarter. This is because on Kickstarter, I must have a parent/guardian assist in launching the project with me since I am below 18 years of age. Therefore, my awesome mom Tara is "running" the project and will assume all project responsibilities. Thanks to her, this project can happen :)
Risks and challenges
Time factor - Philipp has a full time job and Edwin is in high school, so sometimes life gets in the way of being able to design and write apps.
We have successfully managed to release watchfaces and apps in the past so we know what we're dealing with and what it takes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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