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Samsung Gear2 Challenge Winner

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 Escrit per Marc Farssac Busquets Categories Enterprise, 2014, 2010 - 2015

Winner of the Samsung Gear2 Round 1 of 2

Samsung Gear2 Challenge Winner
On June 2014 Samsung invited developers of the whole world to participate to the "Samsung Gear2 Challenge" after presentation of its new SmartWatch running the Tizen Operating System (Samsung Gear2)

Snorek had been working until that date with an arm band adapted from a commercial bracelet on the market. We accepted the challnge to go a step further. In a first phase we developed a prototype to send Android notifications to a paired smart watch. Notifications come in form of tones or a vibration that we select from within our SmartPhone and are fired by Android Applications. Using this prototype we could test the functionality of the system before investing any more hours.

After we closed this milestone we started with the fine solution, developing a Widget for the Gear2, a piece of code similar to a small App that it is installed on the phone. Widgets come in different flavours, either stand alone (an alarm clock doesn't need to interact with the SmartPhone) or as a master-slave application. We developed this second one since we want the noises to be detected through the microphone of the SmartPhone and then actions sent to the Widget (like for example to display the number of snore occurrences).

Our App was documented with Videos and had to comply with the demanding Samsung certification process, which takes about two weeks. Under challenge time-schedule pressure we had to make sure all features were well tested and documented. A submission rejection could have lead to missing the challenge deadline.

We were awarded in the first round with other 200 Apps out of 2.000. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the stage like 50 out of the 200 did. But it still gave us air to continue inventing in this same direction. And $2.000 cash, a broad experience working for the Asian technology manufacturer and the opportunity to develop a product in record time to meet timings using freshly released software development tools, firmware and hardware. Nice.

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