Pebble goes to PennApps
This February, three Pebble developer evangelists headed out to Philadelphia for PennApps 2014.
It wasn't easy. First, our flights got cancelled due to Stormageddon 2014. Then, it was Valentine's Day.
The point is, we made it - and PennApps this year was worth it. Easily.
Some quick stats:
Hackers: Over 1,000
Hackers with Pebbles: Now over 150
Hacks: Over 200
Pebble Hacks: Over 20
Hackathon Hours: 40
Hours Slept: N/A.
A number of polished Pebble apps came out of PennApps, a feat made particularly impressive given that only one of the 30+ teams had ever used the brand new Pebble SDK 2.0 before. When the the time came to pick the winner of our Best Wearable Hack prize, we spent over fifteen minutes deliberating (for comparison, it took a lot longer to judge the Pebble prize than the Grand Prize).
Best Wearable Hack: Sober Up
Sober Up won the Best Wearable Hack by helping Pebble wearers keep track of their beverage consumption. Given your weight and gender, SoberUp estimates your BAC to help make drivers make responsible decisions when and whether to drive home.
Pebble Selection: our Top 10.
SoberUp was an impressive (and useful) app, but it was far from the only app that deserves recognition. Here were some of our other favorite Pebble apps from PennApps:
Unlock your phone with a shake of your wrist with Gestice, an app that correlates the accelerometer of your Pebble and your Android phone as a sort of secret handshake. As a bonus, depending on the direction in which you shake your phone, a different app comes up when you open.
Pebblin, the Pebble violin.
Pebblin lets users simulate playing a violin, using their phone as the body and the Pebble as the bow.
Rebble, the first Pebble Reddit Client
Built by Joseph, Gary, @lDavixl and Chaoren
Read Reddit right on your phone, including support for custom subreddits and text AMAs.
Make a wager with a friend using your mobile phone, then confirm and "seal the deal" by shaking hands while wearing Pebbles. To authenticate the handshake, BetsOn uses accelerometer, timing and location.
Improve your public speaking with the Pebblic Speaking app, which lets you receive key notecard-like cues from your watch at preset times. The app could be a great way to practice your timing or know when to transition to the next topic during a public presentation.
Play a real world conquest game with Conquistdor by claiming areas for your team (before the other team does the same). Quite a complicated application for just 40 hours!
Pebmo and VenMoMoney
There are now not one but two (count 'em) unofficial Venmo clients for Pebble, allowing users to easily send money to friends nearby, and (in VenMoMoney's case) approve requests for money right on the Pebble.
- Some quick stats:
- Best Wearable Hack: Sober Up
- Pebble Selection: our Top 10.
- Pebblin, the Pebble violin.
- Pebble Messaging Service
- Rebble, the first Pebble Reddit Client
- Pebblic Speaking
- Pebmo and VenMoMoney
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