Since I’ve discussed other PINE64 products in this thread, and I’m decently happy with them (especially the Pinecil soldering iron), I thought I’d discuss another product from them that I got in the mail yesterday. Hoping that someone will at least find it interesting.
It’s the PineTime. It’s an open-source smartwatch, works on android, iOS, or Linux. There are several community firmwares, but the most popular by far is InfiniTime, based on FreeRTOS. It’s meant to be an open-source replacement for the Pebble. It has support for notification sync, music controls, timer, stopwatch heart rate monitoring & pedometer, and navigation (although the navigation is a WIP). It has a few games and other toys (such as a metronome), but all of the “apps” must be compiled into the firmware at the moment. No app store.
I currently use a Fitbit versa, but I only use it for notifications, clock, and music controls. I tend to use my phone for exercise tracking anyways, as I often forget my watch. So, the feature set is pretty close to what I need.
It’s surprisingly snappy, and there’s never any UI lag or anything. It’s all instant.
It comes either as an individual sealed watch (for waterproofing), or as a dev kit, which comes with two watches. One sealed, one unsealed. This is nice, as the unsealed one has the SWD pins exposed.
While it supports OTA updates and flashing over Bluetooth, if you’re trying to develop your own firmware, it’s necessary to have the programming pins to recover from a brick. So, test on the unsealed watch first, if all is good, flash to the sealed one. If you’re just planning on using existing firmwares, InfiniTime includes a lightweight recovery environment and a robust bootloader, so bricking is unlikely.
The single sealed unit is $27, and the devkit is $50 (comes with a basic programming jig, too).
IMO, a platform agnostic open-source smartwatch is a neat idea, and I’m really happy with mine so far. I really miss my old Pebble, and this fills that gap for me. It also already works with the PinePhone, thanks to a linux companion app. On android, it uses Gadgetbridge, which is also open-source, available on F-droid.
A little bonus: Since I was already paying for shipping from china, I picked up a few other goodies, including a clear casing for my Pinecil. The little plastic screen cover had also gotten cracked on the old casing in transit, so I needed a new one anyways.
I think it looks really cool I also picked up one of their PinePower 65W USB power supplies. Wanted this as a supply for my pinecil since I was just using my laptop charger before, and it’ll also be a good backup in case something happens to my laptop charger. It’s also really nice for the price, recommended if anyone is in need of a supply. It has two type-Cs, and one type A. All of the ports can deliver the full power (not all at once), so you don’t have to constantly check which port to use.
I also picked up 2 silicone type C cables for the Pinecil, so I don’t have to worry about catching a fabric cable on fire, or melting a rubber one. They were only $4, figured why not.