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StuFly now works with EVERY garmin smartwatch

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no idea, never used one Andy. I see it's a big  military thing for ranging. I mean if it does what you need of it, fair enough. It's a very different device by the looks of things - apples and oranges. I mean, I imagine you don't walk around with that on your wrist 9-5 ?

Similarly any GPS watch can give you stuff like speed, alti, etc.

The previous video has a run through of features if curious, but I think you said at the time you were happy that your Fortrex did everything you needed ?

All stufly tries to do is package it all up in an easy to use friendly interface - I'm sure it's not for everyone but lots of folk seem to like it. I suppose one major benefit for those with a garmin smartwatch (they are the most popular smartwatches after android and ios), is it's just an app to run on a watch you already have - alongside a whole other bunch of apps people use. Garmin's close interlinking with stuff like Strava, etc is why lots of folk have them for running, cycling, etc. So saves having another bit of kit just for flying, etc.

Whether it's worth buying a smartwatch just to run stuFly - that's up to the individual I suppose, though I know quite a few folk that have. At least now, they can buy a cheaper one, or maybe one that does stuff they want like music, etc and get stuFly as a bonus rather than having to buy an expensive Fenix 6 or second hand older Fenix model.

Things like the vivoactive 3 can still be bought new for example for 169 quid, which is a steal for a colour smartwatch with heart monitor, etc- and it's now compatible with stufly.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-Vivoactive-Smartwatch-Built-Gunmetal/dp/B0751HV9QT/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=garmin+fenix&qid=1583872499&sr=8-10

stu

 

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Good work. 

Might be worth mentioning that not all garmin watches have a barometric altimeter. 

Even if you can use gps altitude on this, it would be worth paying a bit more for the real thing. Rule of thumb would be if it counts stairs it will have proper altimeter. 

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2 hours ago, paraflyer17 said:

Good work. 

Might be worth mentioning that not all garmin watches have a barometric altimeter. 

Even if you can use gps altitude on this, it would be worth paying a bit more for the real thing. Rule of thumb would be if it counts stairs it will have proper altimeter. 

I do mention that in video. Saying that, nearly all of them do. It's a weird product line really--there's almost no hardware difference between a 250 quid vivo active and a 900 quid fenix 6. Just different cases and slightly different resolutions and totally different fonts on every fecking model... Most of rewrite was coping with the miriad of resolutions and making my own custom fonts for each one.

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2 hours ago, powerlord said:

I do mention that in video. Saying that, nearly all of them do. It's a weird product line really--there's almost no hardware difference between a 250 quid vivo active and a 900 quid fenix 6. Just different cases and slightly different resolutions and totally different fonts on every fecking model... Most of rewrite was coping with the miriad of resolutions and making my own custom fonts for each one.

Yes, a lot more of the recent ones do. I was thinking more of the ones from 2-3 years ago that are still knocking about at a bargain price.

You are right about the product line though. 90 percent of the difference is just software. The higher end ones are allowed x data screens, the lower ones just get one etc etc.

Good effort though, cant wait to try it out.

Thanks

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next feature I want to add is wind speed estimation. Frankly I don't think it's that useful as most of us will know you get an inherent feel for it, and work it out in yer head from yer speed/direction anyway - but I thought the maths would be a challenge, so it's on the backlog for the next version.

yup a few older models don't. But even something like the old vivoactive 3 (current is 4), which actually is 140 quid for refurb on amazon has barometric and gps. Seems some of the forerunners don't have em - suppose not required for running. I'd be interested how much difference it makes when flying tbh.

I'm sticking with my old Fenix 3 - I like it's chunkness, and other than a bit better resolution and more memory for maps, music there's nowt new in 900 quid Fenix 6x as far as I can see - and only the X is the same 51mm chunky size as they make you pay a premium now if you want a big un.

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10 hours ago, powerlord said:

next feature I want to add is wind speed estimation. Frankly I don't think it's that useful as most of us will know you get an inherent feel for it, and work it out in yer head from yer speed/direction anyway - but I thought the maths would be a challenge, so it's on the backlog for the next version.

yup a few older models don't. But even something like the old vivoactive 3 (current is 4), which actually is 140 quid for refurb on amazon has barometric and gps. Seems some of the forerunners don't have em - suppose not required for running. I'd be interested how much difference it makes when flying tbh.

I'm sticking with my old Fenix 3 - I like it's chunkness, and other than a bit better resolution and more memory for maps, music there's nowt new in 900 quid Fenix 6x as far as I can see - and only the X is the same 51mm chunky size as they make you pay a premium now if you want a big un.

Stu my old Vivioactive 3 is working and very happy with my bargin flight logger. Pre-Stufly I was using Flight to capture and keep my log book from the Vivioactive particularly for short flights when I was not too bothered to take the flight deck and other instruments.

My only Vivioactive criticism is screen size, as an old fart it would be nice to have it bigger but I take the convinience over function in this instance.

Being able to get approx ground speed, VSI (basic clearly) and flight time was always enough for the short hops with the nice function of a pointer back to base.

Looking forward to getting a chance to stretch the new apps legs.

Dave

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If anyone is using it and fancies doing  a review in SkyWings, SkyWings is keen - either contact myself, or go direct to Joe at Skywings if you'd prefer.

stu

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Hasn't that got anything for it ? I'm an apple fanboy - but just for macs (got 5 macbooks, 2 imacs and 3 mac minis in the hoose and been developing for macs since the 90s). but not an iOS fan at all though I'm afraid - after about iphone 4 is was glaring obvious to me that android was better - and that's never changed.. though I wish I could free myself from the grip of google.

I think PPgs has a companion iwatch app - have you tried that ?

It's not something I'd develop myself as frankly I'm a selfish sod - and build stuff for myself - and if it's useful for someone else, that's a happy side effect! 😀

Can you even see an iwatch screen in bright sunlight ?

stu

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Garmin is #1 for a reason. I would say that Garmin is really upping the ante steadily. However, I do believe they're slacking off on innovation lately.

~Sanjeev Nanda

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