dragan atanasov

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D.M.A. Navi Watch - The missing clock face for Samsung Gear

Jul 16, 2014samsung gear

D.M.A. Navi Watch is clock face for Samsung Gear integrated with Google Navigation and Here maps.

The problem:

Imagine you are exploring new city or just going somewhere. To be most efficient you use Google Navigation to get to your desired place, but when you are in unknown area you need to look very often in your mobile to stay on path. During nice sunny day your screen brightness on mobile needs to be set on 110% to be able to see something on the screen and your battery discharges very fast(sounds familiar?).

The missing clock:

Showing turn-by-turn navigation instructions directly on clock face eliminates the need to launch separate application every time when you look at the watch during navigating on your route. Turn-by-turn instruction with navigation image will be right there when screen turns on.

No need to waste battery on the mobile with screen on all time while looking for directions and keep your mobile in your hands all time, keep your mobile in safely in your pocket/bag and all navigation instructions are delivered instantly on your wrist.

How does it work?

It is integrated with Google Navigation using its notifications and it is necessary to grant notification access to “D.M.A Navi Watch” to be able to see turn-by-turn navigation instructions from Google Navigation directly on your Gear.

Just start navigating to desired place on your mobile using Google Navigation and follow navigation instructions on your Gear.

How to setup?

Idle screen

When you are not using navigation, the clock displays date and current weather information with beautiful animated icons. Display, font, colours are configurable from the application on your mobile.

Weather information is provided by Forecast.io and OpenWeatherMap.org. Weather integration is done using the great WeatherLib


Check out the video below to see it in action:

How to get it?

This application is currently under review by Samsung and soon will be available to download for free on Samsung Gear Apps. Just search for “navi watch”.