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I've played around with the Garmin Connect IQ SDK a little in the previous tutorial by getting an app running in the simulator and changing some of the text on the screen. Now I really want to make something that could be used on a watch. So why not continue the learning by creating a watch face. Digital watches are too easy to make since they're simply writing numbers to the screen. I want a little more of a challenge, so I'm going to make an analog watch.

In order to make an analog watch face there needs to be some way of representing the hours and minutes. For this tutorial, I'll stick with a standard summarized watch face that only has the 12, 3, 6, and 9 hours on them. There also needs to be a way to keep track of the current hour and minute. Sticking with the standard hour and minute hands will probably be easiest and most recognizable by a user.

Start by creating a new eclipse project. This one I'll call my_analog . It will have a Project Type of Watch Face and it will target the Round Watch platform. I like to check and make sure everything is working before adding new code, so create a new configuration for this project (I named mine Round Analog ) and make sure that it's targeting the Round Watch platform. Start the simulator then click the play button and make sure that you can see the time.

From: SAIS Review
Volume 20, Number 2, Summer-Fall 2000
pp. 231-235 | 10.1353/sais.2000.0041

SAIS Review 20.2 (2000) 231-235
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I've played around with the Garmin Connect IQ SDK a little in the previous tutorial by getting an app running in the simulator and changing some of the text on the screen. Now I really want to make something that could be used on a watch. So why not continue the learning by creating a watch face. Digital watches are too easy to make since they're simply writing numbers to the screen. I want a little more of a challenge, so I'm going to make an analog watch.

In order to make an analog watch face there needs to be some way of representing the hours and minutes. For this tutorial, I'll stick with a standard summarized watch face that only has the 12, 3, 6, and 9 hours on them. There also needs to be a way to keep track of the current hour and minute. Sticking with the standard hour and minute hands will probably be easiest and most recognizable by a user.

Start by creating a new eclipse project. This one I'll call my_analog . It will have a Project Type of Watch Face and it will target the Round Watch platform. I like to check and make sure everything is working before adding new code, so create a new configuration for this project (I named mine Round Analog ) and make sure that it's targeting the Round Watch platform. Start the simulator then click the play button and make sure that you can see the time.


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