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Hacking the Apple Watch

Serious about crazy experiments

Feb. 16, 2017 -

Over the past years I have been no stranger to crazy experiments, but this time I really wanted to push it into the extreme: programming on an Apple Watch. Would it be possible to actually write code on such a tiny device? Why even bother? This post is about the case for crazy experiments, and why you should try too!

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Message from my buddy Niels, suggesting I take my
Message from my buddy Niels, suggesting I take my "working on a smartphone"-idea to the next level, complete with a Photoshop mockup.
Nokia E90 Communicator running Putty on Symbian Series 60.
Nokia E90 Communicator running Putty on Symbian Series 60.
And so I did! Programming on Apple Watch using VIM, SSH, a Bluetooth keyboard and coffee.
And so I did! Programming on Apple Watch using VIM, SSH, a Bluetooth keyboard and coffee.
Nokia 9300i, officially not a communicator but nonetheless a device with advanced mobile communication options for its day (2007). Running Putty on Symbian Series 80.
Nokia 9300i, officially not a communicator but nonetheless a device with advanced mobile communication options for its day (2007). Running Putty on Symbian Series 80.
Multi user, multi screen. Two Nokia Communicators (E90/9300i) connected to my work environment simultaneously using Putty.
Multi user, multi screen. Two Nokia Communicators (E90/9300i) connected to my work environment simultaneously using Putty.
Real programming code, real Apple Watch. No Photoshop.
Real programming code, real Apple Watch. No Photoshop.

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