Hot buzzword of the day is Wearables. We at XHackers are ready to create a buzz. Lot of us when we hear the word – Wearables, we think of Apple Watch, Android Wear, Microsoft Band, Google Glass or even Fitbit. But history of wearables dates back to 1961!
In 1961, a MIT Professor, Edward Thorp, whom we call the Father of Wearables, created and successfully used a first wearable computer to cheat at Roulette which gave them 44% edge over the game 🙂 Since then, we had calculator watches (how many of you remember Casio watches 😉 ), digital hearing aids, Nike+, Go Pros, Fitbits and similar clones.
And then one day, Google announced “Project Glass” with a mission statement –
We think technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.
It was exciting! With the annoucement of GDK(Glass Developer Kit), Android developers could write native Google glass apps using the Android SDK. This opened up plethora of opportunities for developers into the Wearable Computing market. Parallely, came slew of watches powered by Android called Android Wear. If you didn’t know – Xamarin has been supporting Google Glass & Android Wears ever since. Some exciting news about new watches are making rounds.. watch out! (pun intended).
Microsoft too joined the party by annoucing a cool looking wrist band called Microsoft Band. To our surprise, it came in with full support on all the leading phone Operating Systems like iOS, Android along with it’s very own Windows. With the release of Band SDK for all platforms and Xamarin’s same day support, it’s now seamless to integrate with iOS and Android apps. What we hear is, very soon Cortona which used to work only on Windows Phone, will now work on iOS and Android too – which will open up more avenues for apps to integrate voice in their apps.
Apple Watch was one of the most exciting annoucements from Apple! As you may know, WatchKit has been in preview for quite some time now. Recently after WatchKit’s official release, and the actual Watch yet to hit the Apple stores, nothing stops developers to make their apps ready for the D-Day.
With Xamarin platform, it’s now a reality for C# developers to write a cross platform code across all the major wearable platforms. Not just write code for Apple Watch, Google Glass, Android Wears, or Microsoft Band but also share a good amount of code among them.
So are you excited to learn how to build your wearable apps on all these platforms in C#?
Here’s your opportunity to peek into the wearable app development world. Come and learn more about Xamarin and how to program for Wearables in our upcoming meetup.
What we plan to cover –
- 09:45 AM – 10:15 AM : Quick introduction to Xamarin, Xamarin Forms – Pooran
- 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM : Getting started with Microsoft Band –Vidyasagar
- 10:45 AM – 11 AM : Break
- 11 AM – 11:45 AM : Apple Watch concepts –Pooran
- 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM : Android Wear concepts – Vidyasagar
See you there!
Blog Credits : Pooran
Xhackers Core Team