03 February 2014
In 2013 I had the opportunity to speak at several great conferences, each was unique and offered a great way to further my knowledge while giving a little bit back to the community. As a result of the frequent travel I began optimizing what I bring to conferences: MacBook Pro, presenter remote, mic 1, webcam 2, Airport Express, various dongles, power supply, business cards, and probably a lot more I'm forgetting about.
To further reduce my traveling load I built Wrist Presenter, a mobile app that lets you control presentations wirelessly with your Pebble Smartwatch. Instead of purchasing an expensive wireless remote, lugging around a laptop, and remembering to bring all of it's required accessories, I can now just use what I always have on me, my iPhone and Pebble Smartwatch.
Thanks to my friend Andy Dyer who built the Android version of Wrist Presenter, this will be my first personal project launching on 3 completely different platforms (iOS, Android, and Pebble) at the same time.
The companion Pebble app communicates with the smartphone app via Bluetooth and from my testing I have not seen any connectivity issues. But with any RF technology I get skittish about charging customers for something that most likely is out of my control when it doesn't work. Therefore the app is free to try but cost $9.99 to use it with any real presentation (more than 5 slides). I'm not a fan of artificial pay walls and really didn't want to go this route but I can't think of a better way to commercialize this business.
I much rather let people just try the app for free, ensure everything works, make sure they like it, and only then let them buy it.
I commissioned my friend Kaitlen Perkins to make the app icon. She did a great job turning my icon ideas into something realistic and functional.
I kept the name generic, instead of something Pebble specific, so other smartwatches can be added to the app in the future.
 I gave several talks on the Pebble Smartwatch which does not have a way to live stream it's screen to a projection screen. With a webcam I was able to stream what was on the watch onto the presentation screen via my MacBook.