Just got my “LaMetric Time” yesterday. I’ll try and get some picks soon…
The good news:
Really impressive looking hardware. I was quite surprised at how sharp it looked out of the box. The front, when off, looks just like solid black plastic… when on the LEDs show up nice and bright through the “false front” of the unit. Colors are sharp looking, over all just impressive look and feel.
The built in functions like time, weather, timer, stopwatch, etc. look to work well, and there is some level of developer access right out of the box.
The Android mobile app at least appears to be stable and functional. There’s some grammar issues, but I have a hard time faulting them there as I’m not always very accurate with spelling and grammar myself and I don’t have the excuse of English not being my native language!
The bad news:
There isn’t a “non-developer” way to send custom info to the device yet. The original plan was to be able to email and/or text the device and have it display info based on the content of the email or text. This does not exist yet. I emailed support and they said that instead of going that route, they decided to go with IFTTT integration instead (or at least initially… maybe direct email/text comes later). While I approve of that decision, IFTTT isn’t ready yet either, so still no “non-developer” way to get custom info to the display.
I’m not wild about placement of the power cord. I do applaud their return to the ubiquitous micro-usb power option, but placing in the back mean wall mounting is out. I’d hoped that they would do some sort of channel so the cord could be directed out back, bottom, or side a the users choice, but this didn’t happen.
The ugly… or rather just the unknown cause honestly there is no ugly.
It’s still in it’s infancy so there’s to much unknown to say thumbs up or down quite yet. For me personally it’ll hinge on how fast we can get IFTTT support going and how quickly IFTTT events will trigger. I figure I’ll use switches or sensors as triggers in IFTTT and have the actions being displaying something on LaMetric. How quickly will that loop happen? 1 second? 10 seconds? More? That’s a biggie for me.