Nearby Wikipedia articles for the Pebble

The Nearby API from Wikipedia has always fascinated me, so when I received the Pebble Time last month, I knew I had to use it to make an app for my wrist.

In the excitement of the Kickstarter campaign I had already started dabbling with the JavaScript SDK using Cloud Pebble. It took me a while to get started with the SDK on my computer because I couldn’t find a clear way to initialize a JS project. Things went smoothly once I realized that I had to clone the pebblejs repository first, and copy my files there.

The Pebble.js environment is still in beta and it shows. While the documented features work, I kept wishing for more, especially those that let me add color. I could get a few colors using textColor, and highlightTextColor, but couldn’t find any documentation on what was actually supported. I made my peace with the lack of colors and released the app on the Pebble app store.

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Analytics tells me that around 400 people are using this app and that makes me happy. The people are nice too — I got two emails reporting an issue on iPhone (I am working on it), both being informative and polite. This might not mean much, but I feel its an important litmus test for the community.

I hope more APIs get exposed to Pebble.js soon, until then feel free to contribute code and bug reports on Github.

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  1. Does this work now with an iPhone? I really like the idea, however my pebble just says Loading Wikipedia articles

      1. Hi!

        I just thought I’d report a reoccurring error in the app in case you hadn’t spotted it!

        I’m using your app on a PebbleTime watch linked to an iPhone 6 Plus. Every time I launch the app I get frozen on the loading screen!

        Sorry if I’m sending this and you’re already aware of the error!

        Tomas

  2. I’m using your app on a Pebble Time watch linked to an iPhone 6S. Every time I launch the app I get frozen on the loading screen!

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