DIN Time and the demise of Pebble part 2

In a post in 2016 I wrote I will try to keep DIN Time running on Pebble watches for as long as possible. I’ve gotten questions about making DIN Time work with Gadgetbridge and/or Rebble. To be honest I have mentally moved on from the Pebble platform and my focus is now on developing DIN Time for Fitbit devices. I don’t want to say Gadgetbridge/Rebble will never happen, I just don’t find it very likely at the moment. Perhaps when Gadgetbridge/Rebble has matured a bit I will look into it.

And to save everyone from asking the question again: No, I am not prepared to open-source DIN Time.

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DIN Time 1.3.1 for Fitbit Ionic is released!

DIN Time 1.3.1 has been released! It includes a workaround for Android users who couldn’t use the sliders to set custom colors.  It’s not pretty and potentially involves some scrolling, but it should get the job done. Look for “Show alternative Android controls” in the settings!

The main new feature though is the new weather panel! Tap the stats panel to switch to: “Feels like” temperature, Wind direction and speed, Atmospheric Pressure, Humidity, Sunrise and Sunset!

Other fixes and changes:
  • DIN Time now caches weather data between updates. You should now see less –‘s at startup.
  • Just for fun: A random color theme! Try it, it could turn out great, but odds are that it doesn’t. Sometimes it can be used as a starting point for something better.
  • Removed “Reset colors” in the settings. It’s now in the themes list as “White on Black (default)”.
  • A tiny, but to me important, fix to how the frame around the stats is drawn.
  • More themes!
  • Rounded corners!
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DIN Time for Fitbit Ionic now available!

DIN Time was originally created in 2015 for the Pebble Smartwatches and quickly became one of the most popular watch faces on the platform. Now you can enjoy DIN Time in even more colors, on the high resolution screen of the Fitbit Ionic!

DIN Time is a clean, glanceable, watch face with layout options for both left and right hand use. This means that the current time will always be the first you see when you pull up your sleeve.

Other features of DIN Time:

  • Fully customisable colors thanks to an RGB color selector. No less then 17 different parts of the watch face can be customized. That’s more that 205 million combinations 😜! (The free version is limited to setting the color of the background, hours and minutes. A one-time payment of $1.99 will unlock access to all color settings.)
  • Almost everything can be hidden, if you want an extra clean look.
  • Current weather and forecast (in the lower dashed weather box) with expected high and low temperatures for the day. Weather is provided by Yahoo or Dark Sky (requires API key). Temperatures can be shown in Celsius or Fahrenheit. The weather updates every 15 minutes.
  • Battery level.

More features and improvements are planned, which I hope will bring DIN Time for the Ionic closer to the Pebble original.

 

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Pulse-R LED for Fitbit Ionic now available

Pulse-R LED for Fitbit Ionic

My first watch face, Pulse-R LED, for the Fitbit Ionic is now available in the Fitbit App Gallery.

Pulse-R LED is a retro inspired LED watch face that fits the design of the Fitbit Ionic perfectly.

Features in version 1.0 of Pulse-R include:

  •  Time, with blinking LEDs at the top indicating seconds: leftmost blinking LED for seconds 0-19, middle LED for seconds 20-39 and the rightmost for seconds 40-59.
  • By tapping the left part of the screen (hours) your total steps today will be displayed (indicated by a blinking S), another tap shows current heart-rate (blinking H). The next tap returns you to time display. I will probably add more stats in an update.
  • Tap the right part of the screen (minutes) to display the date in MMDD format.
  • Unlit LEDs in the background and a slight “red glass effect”.

Some ideas for version 1.1:

  • Change of how the top LEDs represent seconds, for more detail.
  • More stats.
  • Cool effects?

If you wonder what ever happened to DIN Time for the Fitbit Ionic all I can say is that it had to wait a bit, but it is up next!

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DIN Time is coming to the Fitbit Ionic

Yesterday I received a Fitbit Ionic directly from the good people over at Fitbit! That means I will do my best to bring one of the most loved Pebble watchfaces, DIN Time, to the Fitbit Ionic!

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Planning the next leather project

I’m using Adobe Illustrator to draw and plan my ideas. Next thing: a key case.

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Second leather project – Card sleeve

Continuing with leather project two, this is a card sleeve, or card holder in pull-up leather. Apparently only vegetable tanned leather can be successfully burnished so I added some beeswax to the edges to keep the fuzzy flesh fibers together. Don’t know if that’s something “you do” though. I’ve probably broken some rule.

I’m struggling with getting my head around stitching backwards though. The first stitch I did, the right one in the photo was easy enough, but then when I did the other one I had do it backwards, because I wanted to start in the same end as the other side. And that meant going from having the front of the item to the right when stitching to having it on the left. And that meant… what? Starting from the front? and putting which needle on top? Etc. etc. I need to look into that.

The blemishes going across the card sleeve is because this piece of leather is taken from the edge of the scrap leather I had. It’s some kind of creases from the tanning process. But I actually thought they were nice and gave some character.

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Leather sleeve for Fisher Space Pen Bullet

This sleeve for a Fisher Space Pen Bullet is the first real leather item I have crafted and I’m very happy with the result! I had to go through two prototypes before I found the right size for it. The first to were too tight so it was very difficult to remove the pen. But it was good training in cutting, punching stitching holes and doing the stitching. The prototypes were made from scrap leather from an old backpack. The final sleeve however is made from a very nice piece of leather sent to me by Laederiet in Denmark. Unfortunately I don’t know what type of leather it is.

There are a few details I have to do better with my next project, like doing the burnishing before doing the stitching. I now had to skip a spot just were the stitching goes around the edge. But all in all pretty good for a first project, don’t you think?

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Getting ready for leather crafting


After 31 days in transit the package (…plastic bag, as is common when ordering from China) with some of my leather-working tools from eBay has finally arrived! Now I just need some free time to figure out how to use it all. Some of the items might not be the best quality but I hope it will do for a beginner.

What we’re looking at:

  • Stitching pony
  • Rotary cutter
  • Nylon hammer (seems very sturdy!)
  • 4 mm diamond hole forks
  • Screw hole punch
  • Three kinds of waxed thread
  • Stitching groover
  • Edge burnisher
  • Some awls (and needles which was just part of the package)
  • Hole marking wheels
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DIN Time 2.64

DIN Time 2.64, available now, fixes a problem when trying to invert screen colors on Pebble 2. The wrong type of settings page was shown for this watch so the colors couldn’t be inverted. I’m sorry for the delay in fixing this! I’ve also fixed a small problem when displaying really cold temperatures, specifically -35 degrees.

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