Last year I started to become really interested in smartwatches. Not that I have to have every gadget out there, but this seemed to be a nice mix between gadget and useful. Back then there was not a really good Android smartwatch out there, the only non-Apple watch I considered was the Samsung Gear watch – however it ran on Tizen and was too much locked in with Samsungs’s phones, similar to the Samsung Gear 360.
Then Mobvoi created their Kickstarter project for the Ticwatch S&E. That watch ticked all the checkboxes of what I was looking for in a smartwatch – decent battery life, affordable price, OLED display, etc. And it was running on Android Wear, which in 2017 was still called Android Watch OS.
I backed the project, but as with all Kickstarter projects I needed to wait a few months before I could expect to receive the product. How would I keep myself busy in the meantime? I remembered a concept I had for a watch that would not have 12 segments for the hours, but just 5. I thought I was especially smart thinking through the concept and making it work, and I couldn’t wait seeing it in action. I knew from the beginning that it wouldn’t be the most useful watchface, but it didn’t have to be – it was a concept that I wanted to bring to life.
Comparing different watchface creator programs I landed on Facer, which allowed me to build a watchface just the way I wanted to. After having programmed my “Round Pentagon“, I was still on full throttle and not yet ready to slow down and stop creaitng. So I created two more watchfaces – Star Trek: Discovery and Circadian Rhythm.