In 2016, one of the biggest things on my tech gadget budget list was a smart watch. I was looking for something small, sleek, and if at all possible, long-lasting. I did a good amount of research before settling on the Pebble Time Round watch, with its thin face and uncanny similarity to a real watch. The battery life, when used sparingly, can go a few days. With a fitness tracker and music/text controller baked in, it was a perfect solution to what I wanted. However, after using it for a few months, I've realized there are a few features I'd love to see on it that aren't available now. The Pebble, much like any other smart watch, offers applications for download that are made by various developers. None have made the two I'd love to see, which I'll outline here.
1. A phone battery percentage read-out.
This one is fairly self explanatory. I'd like to be able to see what battery percentage my phone has without taking out my phone (one of the many perks of having a smartwatch is using your phone less!). I've included a few screens that indicate what the simple app will look like. The app is currently under development by me.
2. Real-time turn-by-turn navigation based on the route on set on Google Maps on your phone.
As someone whose main mode of transportation is walking, I frequently route my journey on Google Maps before setting off, particularly if I'm unfamiliar with my surroundings. In these situations I like to keep my phone in my pocket or bag, and enjoy the scenery, all while *hopefully* ending up at my destination unscathed. However sometimes, I forget the sixth or ninth direction and need to pull my phone out again as a reminder. This app would put the directions on watch, and update along the journey. I've included a few screens as demonstration.