Hands On With The Wimm One Data Device

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We first talked about the Wimm One in August, noting that no wearable device has ever made sense to me, at least in watch format. I believe I may need to eat my words. The Wimm is a clever little module – the watch band is removable – that runs simple applets. It runs a stripped down version of Android and includes a fairly complete SDK for programming little widgets. In this incarnation, it includes a stopwatch, worldtime clock, and a few other treats. The watch drops into transflexive LCD mode when it needs to conserve power.

As it stands, the Wimm One is still a platform and I’d be hard-pressed to suggest you drop everything and develop for it. However, for the size, weight, and power, I think the device is outstanding and quite unique. I could see it as a platform for smaller devices although I’d worry about general adoption of the technology. This is more likely to be bought and assimilated into a bigger company than stand on its own.

That said, feel free to check it out if you’re looking for a small, wireless development platform.