Smartwatch Development for the Outdoorsman

Don Jordan (12.Jul.2017 at 14:00, 50 min)
Talk at OpenWest Conference 2017 (English - US)

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iOS and Android hardware manufacturers have spent a great deal of marketing time and effort pushing smart watches and natural extensions of the smart phone, to relative success and failure. But iOS and Android are not the only fish in the pond. When someone spends a lot of time outdoors for recreation, exercise or general relaxation the hardware and software limitations of the current generation of iOS and Android smartphones becomes apparently quickly, as battery life or app capability when there is not available cell phone service rear their ugly heads.

Garmin, Suunto and Polar specifically design their wearable devices to these people. Their devices include hardware capabilities and battery life designed to last through day(s) of activity outdoors. And each have provided tools and services allowing developers to customize how that hardware gets used and activity tracked, recorded and processed.

A general introduction to the Ins and Outs of each platform will be presented, and the relative merits of each platform's devices, followed by discussion on how having this hardware available to the wearable and smart phone alike can benefit the user when cell service doesn't provide immediate feedback or updates. [219]

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