WiMM One Developer Kit Arrives

20:08 by akylas. Filed under: Hardware,Mobile

My WiMM One device (model 330) arrived this week while I was out in San Francisco. It had been dropped off on my doorstep the day after I flew over. I could have spent many flight hours further examining device! That’s what the weekend is for though.

Opening the box it arrived in yields the interestingly designed WiMM One box.

WiMM One Developer Kit

WiMM One Developer Kit

The outside of it is a strange plastic holder for the internal box inside. You have to use a plastic tie around the internal box to really get it out. What you’re left with is a two part box, the top containing the WiMM One device, while the bottom holds all other components, documentation, and the watch band. The documentation is left wanting, and can really simply be considered a “Quick start guide”. I wasn’t expecting much more though, since it’s a Developer Kit after all and not a consumer device. Given this, they did a great job with presentation.

WiMM One Device

WiMM One Device

The contents of the box warns you to ensure you charge the device for a couple hours before using it. Whether this kicks the battery into gear is uncertain, but I dutifully applied by hooking up its dock to the AC power adapter and heading to sleep. The next morning, I linked the WiMM One with the management web server, put it in the watch band, and headed out to work. It doesn’t take much to get it up and running. After you sync it to the management website, ensure you force a sync on the device to download all the changes you made to the configuration on the website. Besides that, there were two things that I found non-intuitive at first:

  • To change watch faces, press and hold down when on the watch face and it’ll bring up a slider allowing you to swap between the available ones.
  • One of the major features of the device is the ability to pair it with your phone and receive caller ID and SMS messages on the watch. It took me a while to find the application, and I could not seem to find it on the Market. On the phone, visit http://m.wimm.com/ and it’ll give you a link to download the application. From there it’s pretty trivial getting the watch sync’d to the phone, and it’s pretty awesome.

I find the SMS notifications to be one of the nicest features of the device. I often miss SMS messages arriving on my phone, and occasionally miss phone calls as well. The WiMM One will vibrate and ring when a new SMS comes in, and display the SMS on the watch face. It’s perfectly readable and I actually wish that the font size was smaller. The watch will vibrate and make noise despite what you have your phone currently set to, which is great in my opinion since I like to keep my device on muted all the time to suppress the typing and other ambient noises the phone produces.

The device comes with a number of (albeit simple) applications pre-installed:

  • Weather
  • Calendar
  • World Clock
  • Timer
  • Alarm
  • Stopwatch
  • Settings

The notable application of this list is probably the Calendar. The application can pull down calendar information from either your Google account, or a Microsoft Exchange account. Since the watch is running Android 2.1, I imagine many would find difficulty getting it up and running with Exchange mailboxes that have stringent ActiveSync requirements. I never bothered attempting to pair my account with the device for two reasons, 1) You have to provision the account through the management website. I wouldn’t want my calendar information being filtered through a third-party website. 2) Even if the website was not being filtered through the website, but the watch itself is responsible, it certainly would not be able to meet all the ActiveSync requirements and simply be rejected. I will have to learn to start using my Google Calendar a bit more to take advantage of the watch’s capabilities.

Even though the watch only comes with a handful of application, there are a number of “alpha” and “beta” applications available through the WiMM forums, ranging from games to the first re-implementations of popular Android applications in the Google Market. WiMM Labs is planning on launching a Micro App Store some time next year for easier management of applications. The only way to install apps at the moment is to hook the device up to a development machine and use adb install to install the APKs. The same is the case for uninstalling them. Once the store goes live, you’ll be able to simply install and uninstall apps from the web services portal.

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