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With the advent of Android Wear, it has become increasingly easy to port mobile application interfaces to the watch face. Of particular note, even a full-blown web browser is available. However it is extremely difficult to use, due to the excessive layout and JavaScript bloat in most web pages, as well as the fact that they are not designed to be viewed on a 3-centimeter screen.

However, that does not preclude there being an internet for smart watches. After all, web pages on mobile phones were a terrible experience before people started redesigning their pages specifically for mobile phone screens.

So in this project, I've thought more carefully about what the "smart watch internet" should look like, and designed a (hopefully) more intuitive, 2-dimensional grid-based interface for browsing Wikipedia. Although future implementation details of this type of UI may vary, it's something we need to start thinking about now.

Check out my presentation slides from a talk at the Cambridge Innovation Center for the Boston Google Developers Group on 2014.09.11.

This application is free and will always be free under the GPLv3 license. The content is sourced from Wikipedia under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license. Check out the source on Github or download it from the Google Play Store.

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