Smart watch programming on the agenda for fall at McMurry!

  Alicia Wyatt
  Monday, April 13, 2015 10:46 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

With all the excitement in the tech world about smart watches, McMurry University Computer Science Professor Dr. Robert Watson will be introducing McMurry students to smart watch programming this fall and students will use a simulator to develop applications for the device. 

McMurry alumnus Joseph DeLong ’13 is already programming his smart watch and has offered to guest lecture and provide some support for the class.  He has also donated a watch for students to use to test their apps.

The course, Mobile and Wearable Applications, is a project based course that introduces students to applications programming on mobile devices. The course focuses on Android applications for tablets, smart phones, and smart watches.

The watch face is an OLED touch screen that can display any kind of watch face that a program can draw.  More importantly, the watch includes a variety of input devices such as accelerometers, thermometers, speech recognition and includes a Bluetooth connection to an Android phone. Bluetooth allows an application on the phone to place notifications on the watch. Applications can also be written for the watch that interact directly with the wearer and with the phone to perform many tasks more conveniently than they could by the phone alone.

Smart watches can do many things.  One of the most interesting is to allow information to come to you without having to access your cell phone.  Smart watches can accept voice commands via google, give tactile notifications (haptic) instead of beeps and buzzes, and give you a watch that you can customize.  The LG G-watch-r can have many different watch faces (even old-fashioned analog with Roman numerals); allows you to ask for the weather, sports scores, or send a text; and has good battery life.

Students will be having a lot of fun with this class!

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