Bangle.js and Open Source pointing to the future of health platforms and wearables

Our NodeConf EU 2019 badge is about a lot more than fun hacking. But it's good at that too.

First things first, Gordon Williams’s KickStarter for Bangle.js finishes in three days. If you have interest in any of: sustainable Open Source, JavaScript, Machine Learning, wearables, Open APIs, health, hacking or IOT, you should back it. Heck even if you want to see what Chinese manufacturers are able to cram into an inexpensive device in 2019, you should get one.


Second - how did I manage to wait exactly one year between blogposts?

I’ve written extensively about Bangle.js/NodeWatch over on the NearForm blog (with more coming) and I won’t repeat that content here:

But I’d just like to re-iterate my belief that we are heading towards an inflection point with privacy, data ownership, platforms, APIs, Open Source and walled gardens. At some point, convenience will no longer reign, as more and more people become disgusted with where we have ended up. And it’s up to everyone who believes in Open Source, Open Platforms, Open Standards, Privacy, and owning your own data, to provide a reasonable alternative for those people.

On the surface, Bangle.js is just Espruino JavaScript and TensorFlow Lite for Microcontrollers running on an off-the-shelf reverse-engineered Chinese smartwatch. But think about what it could be over time and you might find yourself as excited as I am about a better future.

Conor O'Neill

Tech guy who likes running slowly

Bandon, Cork, Ireland