Pebble: my new guilty pleasure.

Are you familiar with the Pebble? I have been following the watch since it was a KickStarter and even backed it way back then. Over the past 18 months or so, I have disengaged from the Pebble scene and just started to reengage. What a load of catching up I had to do!

With my life, Pebble is pretty cool!

Add in the fact that I am a spokesman for Technology in my work-a-day world and it is nice geek toy. When I unboxed the watch (again), I had been doing some more reading about the Pebble already and I was a bit excited. I got the watch charged (with only minor shocks), and installed the Pebble App on my iPhone 5 (running the most recent version of iOS 7). Now, the second incarnation of the Pebble interface is so much better than what I had seen when I first started using the Pebble. There is an entire world of apps, watch-faces, and developers waiting to create the newest and most popular Pebble Apps. So now what? I am limited to the 8 apps on the Pebble at a time and I had to wade through the list to find the apps and resources that worked for me. Never fear, these are the apps that I am using everyday:


The Pebble App List

As most people seem to do, I downloaded a ton of apps and watch-faces right from the start, and then had to wade through the ones that I wanted. I would recommend that you take a moment and just look at the things that you want to use. Now there are a lot of lists out there, and feel free to take a look at them, but there are very few from a practice (and more recent) standpoint. So this list is all of the apps that I have found useful for the past two weeks as I explore my Pebble again. All of these apps can be found in the Pebble App store for iOS (sorry Android folks, that will be coming).

General Questions?

Okay, so to fully get into your Pebble, you will need to know a couple of things. First, for iOS, you will need to keep the Pebble App running in the Background (as well as any other apps that connect to the Pebble). Second, your Pebble can only hold 8 applications and watch faces at a time. So my suggestion is to download all of the ones you think you want to try to your “Pebble Locker” and then you can swap them out to your pebble anytime.
The Pebble App List:
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 11.07.15 AM$1.99ExerciseLetsMuv for Pebble: This is my Favorite App so far! It does everything that I want: weather; time; pedometer; distance calculator; and sleep monitor. All of this is rolled into one nice and easy to use bundle. Worth every penny!
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 10.58.48 AMFreeExerciseFor anyone who is a fan of the 7 minute workout – this is a must have. The app is free and takes you through the traditional workout by vibrating and showing images to complete the tasks.
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 10.59.35 AMFreeLocationCheckin with FourSquare. Using your phone the Pebble app will allow you to checking to your nearby locations.
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 10.58.30 AMFreeDocumentsI was curious if I would even like this! Evernote is such a powerful desktop and mobile interface that I was sure I was going to be disappointed. I was not! I can check off my reminders and view my notes from my wrist. A great way to keep up with your notes on the go.
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 11.00.20 AMFreeGameSpaceMerc is a classic dungeon crawler (wolfenstein style) for your wrist. I have dabbled a bit but do not want to spend the time to get invested in the game. It is a fun distraction.
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 11.01.23 AMFreeNetworkingWith Tweeble it is possible to send tweets from your wrist. Keep track of your twitter timeline and even tweet responses from your pebble.
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 11.02.07 AMFreePurchasingI can see this being very popular! PebbleBucks allows you to show and pay for your drinks at Starbucks. You must have a Starbucks card and account to use it but honestly – who doesn't have one of those!
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 11.02.55 AMFreeGameFlappy Bird for Pebble! Awesome! Needs no explanation!
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 11.33.17 AMFreeGameMiniDungeon is a dungeon crawler that uses the Pebble accelerometer to guide you through the game. The idea is that you start the game in the morning and quest all day encountering obstacles to overcome. I had fun with it – for a day.
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 11.04.14 AMFreeLocationYelp will use your Phone's GPS to provide updated lists of what is around you that you can view from your wrist. One of the must have apps for Pebble.
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 11.03.25 AMFreeWatchfacePebbleCards allows you to create a SmartWatch-Face that will integrate data and information from a wide range of sources. Install it on your Pebble and you will be able to customize what data shows up on the watch-face.
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 11.03.51 AMFreeExerciseMorpheuz is a sleep monitor for Pebble. I ditched it in favor of LetsMuv since it allows me to track more than just sleep. Morpheuz is a no-bells-and-whistles sleep monitoring app.
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 11.04.54 AMFreeStudyQuizlet for Pebble allows you to study those vocabulary cards from Anywhere. I am not that big a fan of quizlet myself but I know a large number of educators who are. Give this a go and let me know what you think.
Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 11.05.28 AMFreeWatchfaceWhat could be more important than having a Mario Watchface? One that jumps and smashes blocks on the hour? Check!
pipboy100FreeWatchfaceThis is the best watch-face on the app store! You can get integrated statistics in the Geeky Fallout style with an integrated PipBoy. The Watchface even levels-up as you move and takes critical damage as you move farther away from your phone. One of my absolute favorites.



One Comment

  1. Shirlene says:

    Pebble is said to be the best smart watch on the market. If it looks as rugged as a military watch, it make a very nice choice.

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