Late November 2014, Belfius Bank announced a first in the Belgian mobile banking world: the 'Belfius Direct Wear' smartwatch application. Please find the official press release here.
At AppFoundry we're very proud to have been able to work together with Belfius in making this possible. Dirk Vranckaert, senior Android developer at AppFoundry and driving force behind our adoption of Android Wear technology, will briefly explain what 'wearables' are all about and how the project at Belfius came to fruition.
- Looking & glancing: interacting with the actual smartwatch app vs. getting a quick view of the currently most important content
- Acting on notifications: issued via sound or soft vibrations, only noticeable to the wearer
- Touch interactions: tapping, swiping, ... with haptic feedback
- Voice commands
- Hardware buttons & dials: e.g. the Apple Watch 'digital crown'
- NFC: Read/Scan NFC tags
- Connect with other Bluetooth devices
At AppFoundry we had already started experimenting with the preview SDK when Google announced the first official 'Android Wear' release. We immediately started looking at opportunities for our customers. Driving factor behind this research is Dirk Vranckaert, who is also working on the Belfius Android team. When Dirk voiced the idea of a balance checker smartwatch app and showed the team at Belfius a small proof of concept, they were immediately interested. Belfius, being a longtime and very innovative player in the mobile market, was eager to investigate this new and interesting technology. The idea was launched, reactions were positive and the project got approved! In two weeks time Dirk, along with the bank's UX/UI and Android team, developed the 'Belfius Direct Wear' application, fine-tuned and bug-fixed it. The resulting product is a great example of how (parts of) an existing mobile application can be ported to a wearable app while taking into account the limited available resources and small screen size.
- the security sector, where agents need to pass checkpoints, and check in with their phone/watch, receive quick notifications on their watch, etc.
- the medical sector, where doctors or nurses receive notifications about a patient's needs or receive the latest status update when they walk into the patient's room.
- festivals, where the audience might receive updates on who's performing next on which stage, or where an entry ticket could automatically show up on your wrist while you walk through the check-in gate.
- payment situations, where the smartwatch communicates with payment terminals.
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