Pebble's smartwatches are like most in that you can view calories burned, distance traveled (walked, ran, etc.), and other health information including heart rate monitoring, but most smartwatches stop there when it comes to the typical user experience. Many smartwatch makers haven't or don't think outside the box, and provide a general user experience that seems to resonate with smartwatch buyers. Sure, Samsung has thought outside the box with the Gear S2 in that it lets you record water and caffeine intake, but few watchmakers do in the smartwatch field.
Pebble has decided to add its own unique contribution to the smartwatch market by creating a new mood-logging app the company has titled "Happiness." The goal of the app? To keep track of your mood and social time with friends and family. Similar to journals and diaries back in the day, the new app lets you collect data on your mood throughout the week and revisit it when you can to see how you're getting along emotionally and mentally throughout the week. The cross-platform smartwatch company says that it has had some major success with its own employees, who have used it to be more social with friends to improve their overall well-being. You just may find that doing a slight checkup on your mood throughout the week may prove beneficial to you in your overall health. No, it's not a direct counterpart to the mood ring, but perhaps that will be next in Pebble's future to tackle -- a mood smartwatch that just turns a particular color to let you know if you're in a good mood or not.
In addition to publishing its new Happiness app, Pebble has also published its algorithms publicly so as to invite third-party developers to continue the progress the company has already made. By bringing its algorithms out front and center, Pebble is committed to maintaining the reputation that its smartwatches are "the most hackable" (the most modifiable) of any on the market. Pebble just recently unveiled its Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core devices for the market, and perhaps these users will find yet another reason to be happy with their wrist wearable and Pebble's new app. The company has dabbled into this field before with a Pebble Health app it announced earlier this year.
Happiness is available for Pebble Time Round, Pebble Time Steel, and classic Pebble Time users. For those of you interested in trying this new mood-logging app, you can find it here.