KnightWatch v1

It has come to my knowledge that there are still some people in the world who cannot afford a fine watch such as the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of The Round Table, this saddens me a lot.

That’s why I have decided to do a small side project along with my pal, Giovanny Ramirez (same guy who did the illustrations for the latest Ananias Crowdfunding Campaign), we are going to create a similar fantasy watch, but a tad more affordable for the common man, running on Android Smartwatches.

So far I’ve been fiddling with Android Studio, trying to set up the correct combination of SDK / AVD / Tools etc. I had to give up with the emulators for Android Wear; they simply didn’t work (the watch face never showed up) and my 4GB MacBook Pro is just too weak for android emulation (it works perfect for JS dev but this is another beast)…

Working with the real watch on the other hand was a much better experience, debugging via bluetooth adb bridge is a breeze, and Android Studio is a pretty cool IDE (still trying to get accustomed back to strong typing, the delights of Java)

I have created a simple initial version of the watch, still lacking optimizations for battery consumption and fancy features but it WORKS 🙂

First shot at the KnightsWatch
First shot at the KnightsWatch

I think it will look even better with one of the newer smartwatches with metal bezels and bands.

These are the features we are planning for the watchface:

  • All new art inspired by the original watch but with our own twist.
  • Different ambient based on the time of the day / season of the year.
  • Probably some interactive activities / minigames

The watch will be available at google play for a very affordable price tag. Giovanny is going to be working on the art department the next days, stay tuned!