Choon

For the last couple of days, I’ve been hacking on something shiny for pebble.

Being able to control music on my phone is cool, but I often listen to music on my laptop while wandering around the house, and I wanted to be able to control that too. Enter choon.

If you want to use it, you totally can, but right now it’s a pain to setup. I’ll do my best to explain how though.

First of all, install the pebble app. It uses httpebble, so bear in mind that you’ll need to httpebble app for your phone, and if you already have an app that uses it, it will clobber it due to the uuid collision.

Then, you’ll need to install the desktop app. Which is currently only for OSX, but the protocol is dead simple so if you want a hand writing one for win32 or linux reach out to me. If I get bored enough I’ll write one sooner or later anyway. You’ll need to get the bluetooth address of your pebble (Settings -> About -> BT address) and save it without the colons in your home directory as

.choon

.

Currently, Choon assumes you’re using iTunes. Again, I’m more than happy to write bindings for other players, but I need to know what you’re using.

Start everything, and press the middle button on your pebble with choon active. There’s no ui, but you should hear music within a few seconds. If the watch vibrates there was an error transmitting the message, try again in a few seconds.

Everything is open source: watchapp, desktop app, backend. There’s currently a backend running on app.choon.io, which is free to use.

Feel free to file issues on any of those repos if you run into issues.

About richo

I enjoy exploring interesting concepts in weird languages. I also like hacking on all of the things.
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10 Responses to Choon

  1. Everyone enjoys a good screenshot/photo or two :-)

  2. richo says:

    Good point, I’ll throw some up (Although it basically has no UI to speak of).

  3. Salman says:

    Can this be done for Spotify please? I don’t use iTunes.

  4. richo says:

    Yeah probably. I’ll have a look at it when I get back.

  5. I’d also like to second the Spotify integration.

  6. likepebble says:

    Works perfect! Nice!

  7. Eric Lawton says:

    Did the spotify integration ever work? Really looking for this.

  8. richo says:

    I haven’t implemented it yet, although I did give some thought about how to make it work.

    I might try to get something out tonight. I intended to flesh this out at the pebble dev retreat, but amusingly my application got rejected.

  9. richo says:

    The code on master now works with spotify.

    I’ll get builds out today.

  10. richo says:

    The links should now point to an updated choon-cocoa app that works with spotify or itunes (selectable).

    The old pebble app is still fine.

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