Hands On With The Wimm One Data Device

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.

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