The new app Attopedia brings the information of Wikipedia to your Android Wear smartwatch, letting you learn new stuff without taking out your phone. You may be thinking to yourself, “Why read Wikipedia on such a tiny screen? It’ll be a poor experience!” You have a point, but this app is more than just a Wikipedia browser.
Before mobile sites really took off, web browsing on a phone was a terrible experience. The dawn of mobile site design was what made mobile Internet usable. And now that smartwatches are becoming popular, it’s time to think about what can be done to make the Internet usable on them, too.
Attopedia demonstrates a unique user interface created for Android Wear’s small display. It splits Wikipedia into grids, allowing you to scroll through each grid up and down and side to side. While it doesn’t make Wikipedia easier to read than on a phone display, it does make it usable.
As a proof of concept and an app designed to start a movement towards smartwatch web design, it is completely free and available on the Play Store for you to download. Check it out and tell us how you like it!