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At this stage there are literally hundreds of different types wrist straps out there to turn you iPod Nano into an ” iWatch”
I’ve being wearing an iPod Nano as a watch now ever since i got my hands on LunaTik strap . Its becoming more acceptable as the straps are now on the shelves in Apple Stores and Resellers but i still think its really only for the True Apple Geek.
The Guys at Loop contacted me a number of weeks ago to try out their new strap ” The Loop “. Honestly when i checked on the site and saw the price point i was saying to myself another cheap silicon strap. I’m glad to report i was WRONG.
The Loop is a silicone wristband for the sixth-generation iPod nano that promises to turn your device in a “high end timepiece.” Its sleek, stylish design does away with the unnecessary bulk and aims to showcase your iPod nano rather than drawing attention away from it.
Once fitted, the Loop provides full access to your iPod’s headphone jack, dock connector, volume buttons, and sleep/wake switch. It features a stainless steel buckle that won’t perish up against your sweaty wrist, and it comes in a selection of colours.
i wonder has Dave considered what he is going to do if Apple decide to change the overall design of the nano which they WILL ? Dave advice go out and buy alot of iPod Nano’s just incase.
Another great story coming out of Kickstarter.com & see below. They have now raised over 7 million bucks when they initially only looked for 100k.
Its looks like a decent product and i expect will be a great success. Its hard to tell at this moment in time if Apple come September will be doing something similar with the iPad Nano. The new iPhone and Macs come with the new bluetooth 4.0 which is more than capable of passing information back and forth from your iPhone to your nano while using very very small battery life from both devices because of the advances in bluetooth technology (4.0). So very simply the tech is there its just down to Apple deciding if this product could be a viable product line for them. There is no doubt geeks like Woz would be foaming at the mouth for something like this but Apple particularly under Tim Cook wont do anything unless its something they can sell alot of. Tim Cook doesn’t look like a “Hobby” product guy like Steve Jobs was.
I have no doubt Apple are playing around with this (iWatch) in the Lab for some time and i have no doubts That Sir Ive has created something much prettier than Pebble’s effort.
I wouldn’t hold my breath September is not far away and there is ZERO rumours about such product under development or in production. Apple could just leave the nano as in and leave it up to 3rd parties to create the straps and just add the functionality/Apps onto the Nano to allow it to do everything that the Pebble can do. Well i know i will be waiting till September anyway before i do anything but if you are foaming at the mouth like Woz then go to Kickstarter and order your pebble today.
Customize Your Perfect Watch. It’s as Easy as Downloading an App.
Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life.
CUSTOMIZE WITH APPS
Apps bring Pebble to life. We’re building some amazing apps for Pebble. Cyclists can use Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on your smartphone to display speed, distance and pace data. Runners get a similar set of data displayed on their wrist. Use the music control app to play, pause or skip tracks on your phone with the touch of a button. If you’re a golfer, feel free to bring Pebble onto the course. We’re working with Freecaddie to create a great golf rangefinder app for Pebble that works on over 25,000 courses world-wide. Instead of using your phone, view your current distance to the green right on your wrist. These apps will be the first, with more in the works!
CUSTOMIZE WITH WATCHFACES
Pebble can change instantly, thanks to its brilliant, outdoor-readable electronic-paper (e-paper) display. We’ve designed tons of watchfaces already, with more coming every day. Choose your favourite watchfaces using Pebble’s iPhone or Android app. Then as the day progresses, effortlessly switch to the one that matches your mood, activity or outfit.
CUSTOMIZE WITH NOTIFICATIONS
If you need to stay on top of things, Pebble can help with vibrating notifications, messages and alerts. Dismiss a notification with a shake of your wrist. Don’t worry, it’s easy to disable all notifications.
- Incoming Caller ID
- Email (Gmail or any IMAP email account)
- Calendar Alerts
- Facebook Messages
- Weather Alerts
- Silent vibrating alarm and timer
Android users can also receive Text Messages (SMS) on their Pebble. Unfortunately iPhone does not expose this data. Have any suggestions for other notification types? Leave us a message in the comments!
CUSTOMIZE BY CODING
Want your watch to tell you when your next bus is leaving? Maybe you’re jonesing to see your compile status or recent github commits.. Think push notifications, directly to your watch using the data connection on your phone. Want to check-in on your watch, or create an app that can monitor your sleep? Pebble can send data from the accelerometer and buttons back up to the internet.
Pebble can receive simple alerts and notifications from if this then that(ifttt.com) or our web-facing RESTful endpoint. More adventurous developers can use the Pebble SDK, with its Arduino-like abstractions and simple C structure, to gain full control of the watch. Multiple apps can run on Pebble, along side watchfaces and regular notifications.
- Load apps using Bluetooth
- 144 x 168 pixel display black and white e-paper
- Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR
- 4 buttons
- Vibrating motor
- 3 axis accelerometer with gesture detection
- Distribute apps via Pebble watchapp store
Detailed SDK specs are available on our Pebble Dev Blog.
How does it work?
Pebble connects by Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android device. Setting up Pebble is as easy as downloading the Pebble app onto your phone. All software updates are wirelessly transmitted to your Pebble.
- iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S running iOS 5 or any iPod Touch with iOS 5.
- Android devices running OS 2.3 and up. Works great with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)!
Unfortunately Pebble does not work with Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, or Palm phones at this time.
Q. How long does the battery last? A. The rechargeable battery keeps Pebble going for 7+ days.
Q. Does the watch display stay on all the time? A. Yes. The display shows a watchface at all times.
Q. Does it have a backlight? A. Yes, Pebble has a backlight to view the display at night.
Q. Is it waterproof? A. Pebble is now water resistant, at least enough to go swimming, run in the rain etc. You can fully submerge Pebble in water. We’re working on getting the actual certification level settled (3ATM, 5ATM, etc). This is in response to your suggestions!
Q. Scratchproof? A. Yes, Pebble has a scratch and shatter resistant lens with an anti-glare optical coating.
Q. Does it use up my phones battery? A. Pebble is a Bluetooth device, similar to a Bluetooth headset. It does affect the battery life of your phone, usually using up an extra 5-10% per day.
Q. How does it charge? A. We include a special USB cable. You can charge Pebble using your computer or any wall USB charger.
Q. Can I replace the bands? A. Yes, Pebble is designed to fit most 22mm watch bands.