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This is the PineTime. A companion for your Linux smartphone, and new side-project of ours. More news coming in the future...

(If you have experience with FreeRTOS or mbed, and are interested, please get in touch!)

@PINE64 @ajroach42 On the one hand, awesome!

On the other hand, insufficient buttons :(

(One of the most useful aspects of smartwatches is they can add hardware buttons to be used to control one's smartphone; great for instance for controlling audio playback and volume on the go. The fewer physical buttons the less useful this is.)

@keithzg @ajroach42 @PINE64 totally agree on the insufficient buttons - but they're using an existing hardware shell from Chinese manufacturers so that's pretty much fixed :<

@PINE64 All I meant was a color, always on display with an accessory port. :-P

@gudenau @PINE64 I'm perfectly fine with the idea of this being a "Pebble Time"-esque watch since it'll save me a lot of work with making my own Pebble to replace my current Time when its battery finally dies :blobsob:

I started studying mbed and everything! :blobthinkingeyes:

@polychrome @PINE64 I have a Kickstarter Time. 👌

Part of me wants to buy a regular Steel and get someone to plate it with real gold.

@PINE64 @freakazoid huh, the first commercial product I’ve seen using mbed

@PINE64 holy fuck please, my pebble is starting to lose it.

@PINE64
Yes, please! I would like a smart watch, not an activity tracker. e-ink with notifications, alarms, and calendar would be awesome.

@PINE64 Hope it could compare to Fitbit for fitness tracking.

@PINE64
Looks like its a good time for FOSS and hardware alternatives to apple and android! This the #librem5 and #pinephone :blobaww:

@PINE64 Wow, that's actually a great idea. I might even buy this lol

@PINE64 give me some documentation of the board when it's ready and I will see what I can do.

I've read somewhere you're using a nordic chip, correct? They tend to be well supported by zephyr.

@dwagenk Correct, Nordic nRF52832 SoC, with an additional 8MB/64Mbit NOR flash chip. Bosch BMA421 accelerometer.

If you're really interested, email info@pine64.org about this. Also may want to keep track on one of our chat platforms (look at Community tab on pine64.org/)

@PINE64 are these physical clock hands? Please tell me these are physical clock hands...

@PINE64
Please consider donating a prototype to #gadgetbridge, I could make it work before the official release.

@ashimokawa

Can you email info@pine64.org about this? Mention what project you're with and include shipping details -- we're interested. :)

@PINE64 please have a talk with the rebble.io guys! They are developing afreertos based os for watches like this!

@jakob

We're definitely interested in working with Rebble! We've had trouble getting a response from them, however.

@PINE64 how do we get in touch? For paid work or open source? (I have minimal freertos xp, I'm just generally interested heh)

@photex
It'll be open source work, hopefully. We're really looking for devs familiar with these platforms because they are the most relevant to the hardware.

@PINE64 once you're at the stage where you're looking for seed hackers or early birds I'm definitely willing to join in the fun. I doubt I have the experience you'd be interested in for a core platform team. (I'm comfortable hacking around on Cortex-M stuff but have never done so for a commercial product).

@PINE64 you guys are amazing! Looking forward to being a Pine family!

@PINE64 Can we get this, but cute and soft plastic and with flowers and bright colours please? 🌸

@xinayder
The hardware isn't really conducive to that. The main SoC inside is a nRF52832 (Cortex-M4 @ 64Mhz)

@PINE64 since it seems you are syill choosing the guts perhaps its good idea to rather then following android watch / apple crap be mkre pragmatic. Using e-ink display like in.pebble (l'm owner of one) is amazing. The display stays on all the time displaying time without any battery loss. Batrery lasts a week on one charge. The ui and notifications are clear and do what they suppose.

@muppeth Unfortunately we can't make that happen at the price point we're looking for.

We are still looking at multi-day battery life with significant (if not always-on) screen on time.

@PINE64 @muppeth I was also going to suggest to use the Sharp Memory LCD used in the Pebble. I'm guessing it would add a bit to the cost but it would be totally worth it.

@deadcode @muppeth

The component cost is significantly higher, but there's also the matter that we're using an existing smartwatch casing which is designed for a IPS LCD of this exact size and fit.

To redesign for the Sharp Memory LCD would require significant investment (5-figures USD) to retool molds. It'd be unlikely that the PineTime could happen in that case.

@PINE64 @deadcode Is this not the same mold as the newer SMA Q2? That uses the Japan Display Mem LCD that is very similar to the Sharp displays. (& @muppeth, they called it "e-paper" to catch the e-ink hype, but it's really a super low power LCD with an internal buffer).

@captain_morgan @deadcode @muppeth Not the same casing. It has more buttons than the PineTime.

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