Connecting IFTTT and the Kronaby watch


This is my experience with the Kronaby Watch and IFTTT


I have always considered myself a bit of a technophobe. Though I am an owner of multiple ‘gadgets’ and the latest iPhone, most of them were gifts trying to encourage my interest in tech. It worked. I can truthfully say I don’t use all these ‘gadgets’ (apart from my iPhone and Phillips Hue light bulbs) on a daily, weekly and sometimes monthly basis. Gadgets are supposed to make your life simpler but I found they sometimes made life more complex and time consuming. This changed however when I received my Kronaby watch.

I now rely on my Kronaby and it’s functions for my everyday needs – music on my work commute; I now never need take my eyes off the busy London pavements to skip my tunes to suit my current mood.

Walk me home is a huge comfort to myself and my loved ones for the occasions I make my way home late at night to an empty house, all while I keep my phone safely in my jacket pocket.

The function that probably excites me most is IFTTT that connects with my favorite gadget I use: Phillips Hue light bulbs. I have two fabulous settings with Phillips Hue, one for cooking which provides me with bright natural light in my kitchen and the second is my ‘party’ mode. Bright clashing coloured lights give my house a new persona in the evenings. Now, with a push on my pusher, my lights turn on to my first setting for cooking. 3 pushes changes the scene to ‘party’ and 2 turns my lights off. 

When I mentioned that gadgets are supposed to make life simpler, Kronaby is the perfect example. No more fussing on my iPhone looking for the correct setting for my light bulbs, no more rushed texts to say I’m on my way home and no more distracted walks on my way to work. My Kronaby watch has made realised that perhaps I’m not the technophobe I considered myself to be. 

8 days ago | Posted by: Sophie Muggleton, Communications Specialist, London UK

As easy as 1, 2, 3

Do you sometimes miss if your watch vibrated 1, 2 or 3 times? Not to worry we have updated the hands on our watches to indicate what kind of notification you received. The hands will point to 1, 2 or 3 to enhance the experience depending on the notification. So, take a glance at the watch on your wrist when it vibrates. You will also see when the hands go back to their normal position thats one of our personal favourites.

20 days ago | Posted by: Lise

Kronaby for mothers day

3 ways to treat her on Mother's day

We all agree that there’s no job quite like being a mom, right? Mother’s day is just around the corner and you’re probably trying to plan the perfect day for the women in your life. We’ve taken the time (so you don't have to), gathering our best tips on how you can spoil your mum without spending a penny.

  1. Take her to the movies at your place – give her the exclusive rights to the remote for the night. It’s her day and entirely up to her what to watch.
  2. Create a daughter/son and mother memory journal – Combine all those timeless memories in a photo journal, the more nostalgic the better.
  3. Give her a mom-day off and cook her favorite meal.

Stay connected this Mother’s day with the ones you love.

2 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

We are now in stores

We are happy to share the news that you can find the Kronaby watches in stores. Control your playlist, count your steps, take a selfie and explore what it's like being connected, never distracted.
Find your nearest retailer below

Jönköpings län
August Petersson & Son – Gislaved
Ur & Guld i Gnosjö – Gnosjö
Klockmaster A6 – Jönköping
Klockmaster Tranås – Tranås
Klockmaster Palms Ur – Nässjö

Västra Götalands län
Klockmaster Falköping – Falköping
Klockmaster Falkenberg – Falkenberg
Klockmaster Hansson – Frölunda
Klockmaster Jälmers Ur – Borås
Klockmaster Kungälv – Kungälv
Klockmaster Liljas – Trollhättan
Klockmaster Rådhs Ur – Alingsås
Klockmaster Schutz Ur – Göteborg
Klockmaster Stenhede Guld och Silver - Stenungsund
Kungs Ur – Kungsbacka
Magnussons Eftr Aktiebolag – Göteborg
Smycka T.Gullbergs Ur & Guld – Partille
Stjärnurmakarna Gyllene Ting – Göteborg
Klockmaster Ulricehamn – Ulricehamn

Skåne
Mobilia Ur – Malmö
Appelkvist Ur – Lund
Glensia – Malmö
Klockmaster Larssons Ur – Lund
Klockmaster Sjöbackens Ur – Malmö
Rydbergs Ur – Väla
Stjärnurmakarna – Landskrona
Stjärnurmakarna Nova Lund – Lund
Stjärnurmakarna Wetterstrands Ur – Ystad
Sven Palmqvist Ur – Kristianstad

Stockholm
Stjärnurmakarna Sturegallerian
Klockmaster Globen
Klockmaster Fältöversten

Östergötland
Klockmaster – Linköping

Other cities
Stjärnurmakarna Mårtensson Ur – Halmstad
Klockmaster Björkegrens Ur – Kalmar
Göranssons Guld & Ur – Karlshamn
Klockcity – Karlskrona
Mollstedts Ur – Karlstad
Daniel Lundin Urhandel  – Nacka
Torsten Bergströms Ur och Guld – Norrtälje
Karl Andersson Eftr – Nybro

3 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

Kronaby on the renowned 33-list

We are so happy to share that we once again made it as one of 33 winners on the renowned 33-listan, founded by Affärsvärlden and Ny Teknik.The purpose of 33-listan is to present which very promising tech-companies have the opportunity to become future big corporations. The announcements were made last night at the event taking place at Munchenbryggeriet in Stockholm.

Click here to read more about us and the 33 list.

 

 
 
 

3 months ago | Posted by:

Visit us at hall 2 C57

Greetings from Baselworld!
 
You guessed it – Kronaby had a booth in Baselworld this year as well. But this year everything is different; this year we are proudly showing everyone our beautiful collection of 24 connected watches and a completely unique user experience.
For those who are not that involved in the watch world – Baselworld is for watches what Fashion weeks are for Luis Vuitton. It is one of the most important events of the year to present watches to the world and to meet the who’s-who in the watch and jewelry world. Our team has had a full schedule with meetings with journalists and partners, and we have received excellent feedback from countless watch enthusiasts and passers-by.
If you still are at the show you are more than welcome to join us for a cup of coffee and we will show you what we are about in our booth in hall 2.0 c57.

 

4 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

My Kronaby helps me value the time

Hello there!
My name is Pontus Ehrner and I work as a UX designer at Kronaby. This how I use my Kronaby watch.

The beauty of the Kronaby watch hits you instantly. The beauty of using it unfolds over time.

As I have worn my Kronaby watch every day for quite some time now, let me tell you about how I use it.
As much as I love my phone—and I do love my phone—I’m also aware of the negative ways it changes my behavior. I can’t tell you how many times I have found myself looking up from the screen, wondering what it was I was supposed to do.

By filtering the notifications, I only stop what I am doing when my watch vibrates. Sometimes I hear my phone making a noise but as long as my watch doesn’t vibrate I continue with the task at hand. This empowers me and makes me feel in control. Because as much as I need to work uninterrupted I also don’t want to miss an important call from my daughter’s school.

The timer is a given tool in the kitchen but more than that I have started using it for other, less obvious things. Like letting the kids know when the last 15 minutes of TV-time is up or reminding myself when to leave for a meeting. And recently I have started to use it to time short chunks of concentrated work sessions.

Every time I pause or skip a track with my Kronaby watch I know that I have avoided a potential side track. I no longer find myself scrolling my Instagram feed for five minutes because I didn’t like the current song. And, living in Sweden during winter, I appreciate the ability to control music with my gloves on.

The Kronaby watch not only tells me the time, it helps me value my time and what I do with it.

 

4 months ago | Posted by: Pontus Ehrner

Mikael Damberg - The Swedish Minister of Enterprise and Innovation visits Kronaby

Mikael Damberg, the Swedish Minister of Enterprise and Innovation, visited Kronaby last Thursday. Kronaby’s CO-founders Thomas and Sarandis guided the Minister through our office and showed him everything from design to production. Did you know that we have a pre-production line and electrical/mechanical lab right here in our office in Malmö?

We were very excited to show Mikael Damberg how the watches are created and made – from idea to ready-to-wear watch. Mikael Damberg was impressed by the work we have done in only 1,5 years. We are humble and proud to have shown Mikael Damberg around our office just one week after the launch. As a start-up, it confirms that we are on the right track.

5 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

The Kronaby collection

Pre-order your watch now and get additional two years’ warranty!

We are so proud to finally have launched Kronaby. The name itself is a combination of two words: “Krona” is the Swedish word for crown and “By” means village. When kicking of this project we had a belief that everyone in their heart has an “inner personal village” where time almost stops. Pending whom we ask it can be when you go running, spend time with your loved ones i.e. moments where you have peace of mind. While being in these moments, you still want to be somewhat connected. With Kronaby, we aim to help people to be connected but not distracted.
Can an authentic timepiece be a smart timepiece? The answer is the connected Kronaby movement that is developed in-house by our top software and hardware engineers in Malmö – providing a battery life up to two years. On top of that the watch can count your steps, control music playlists and it also lets you choose who or what can get hold of you through the filtered notifications. The possibilities are endless – check out all the features here

5 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

New year's update

We are ready to launch the watches – are you READY?

2016 was the year of product development and planning for our big launch. It’s only 16 days left until you finally can place your order. You can already get a preview of the models on our Instagram.

It’s a new year which is equal to new year’s resolutions, right? Live life to the fullest is one of this year's most popular New year’s resolution according to the data pulled from Google by iQuant, which has increased with 13% since last year. Sometimes we are so focused on the future that we forgot to enjoy what’s important right now. We think we should shift our focus back to what we are experiencing and enjoy these moments to the fullest. Easier said than done, not to mention all the distractions that keep interrupting and not least from our smartphones.

So, what if your watch could remove the distractions and reclaim control over your time? This year we are aiming to change the way we are using technology by making technology more human and you’ll find out exactly how on January 26th.

6 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

Introducing our models

The Holiday season is here and we hope that you are able to relax and enjoy the moment. This is something we really care about. You have heard us talking about how we want to give you and people out there a chance to stay in the now and avoid being constantly available. The Human Technology philosophy is something we truly believe in and that is also evident in the way our collection is outlined. In only 1 month the world will see the first Kronaby collection, including 4 models. APEX, SEKEL, NORD and CARAT will have their own characteristics that will make your everyday life easier.

Maybe you are following us on Facebook and Instagram and have seen more details from our Collection? If not, then go there and check it out.

We are revealing new details every week until the big launch so make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Stay tuned and preorder your watch on January 26th!

7 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

We are counting the days

It’s only 50 days left until 26th of January when we will reveal Kronaby, a Swedish connected watch collection, for the very first time.

The upcoming holidays are for unplugging, right? We all need to unplug during vacations and recharge our batteries from time to time. But prior to unplugging we are about to reveal new details about the Kronaby watch collection and its models. First out is APEX. Configured with motion, durability and legibility in mind, the Kronaby APEX takes you one step further. By giving you a way to disconnect without missing out what’s important, we truly believe that we’re paving the way to the future of watchmaking. This is Human technology.

Our story continues in the new Kronaby Facebook and Instagram pages. Make sure to follow us as we are revealing more details about the Kronaby collection. Simply put, we are merging Swiss watchmaking tradition with world leading engineering and Scandinavian design. We will tell you even more very soon. So, this is APEX, but there is more to come the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!

7 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

Why are so many people still not using smart watches?

According to various surveys, consumers often complain about smart watches being too large and that they look like gadgets – something that consumers don’t want. When the IDC questioned 1500 American consumers, they found that manufacturers should put more focus on appearance and design, rather than just on technical features. As it looks now, ditching the square design in favor of a circular look is not enough for the consumer. We believe that it is time to acknowledge that most consumers don’t want to wear something ordinary, even if it offers tons of features. Simply put, we don’t want to wear a watch that looks like a gadget.

Our thinking started around the watch when we first initiated the project. Our highest priority was to create a watch that did not compromise in any way on design, materials and the details. We put the design of the watch at top priority. It’s not only about that we selected materials that withstand tough environments and usage, but also that the watch should last for years and years without becoming obsolete, which is the case with a lot of technical products today.

We are questioning the norm that one watch with one set of functions fits everyone. We believe technology should adapt to our lives and support us, not the other way around. This approach Human technology is at the core of our work; a common thread through everything from concept and design to development and user experience. We will let you know exactly how on the World Premiere of Kronaby on January 26th!

Check out IDC’s infographics for more information about what consumers think about wearables.

7 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

Are you ready to make technology human?

Hello Kronaby friends,
We are so excited to launch our call for new team members. We have grown from being 15 employees in September 2015 when the company was founded to 70 employees and growing. Now we are looking for three new marketing professionals; a Graphic designer, a Marketeer and PR & Communications manager, who want to be part of our mission to make technology human. So, what does technology made human mean?

There is a difference between utilizing technology to facilitate our lives and to dissolve human connections. Internet and social platforms are two examples on how technology has made our lives simpler by providing us convenient ways to connect with our loved ones, no matter how far they are. On the other hand, technology can also divide us from others, no matter how near we are from each other. One example is the latest installation of automated ordering and paying at the corner coffee stores that forces us to order from the screen even when there’s no line. Sometimes we don’t want technology to replace human connection, no matter how small or short that connection may be.

So how can Kronaby help people to disconnect without missing anything important? Simply put, our watches are built around the human of today and the celebration of our genuine experiences and true connections with one another. The question remains; are you ready to make technology human?

8 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

Less than 100 days!

Hello Kronaby friends.
Less than 100 days remain until you can get the very first glimpse of the watches! Most of you already know that the big day is on the 26th of January. You will also get the chance to pre-order your watch so be sure to write it down in your calendar or just subscribe for our newsletter so you don’t miss any news from us. We promise to keep you posted!

Kronaby is growing fast and we are now looking for more team members to join the Kronaby family. We are actually seeking a PR & Communications manager to the marketing team. This is a perfect opportunity for you who want to shape the debate and challenge the watch industry together with us. The team consist of our Marketing Director Henrik, Pilvi who’s in charge of Digital Media, our PR consultant Sabina, our two marketers Viola and Paula and myself Apollonia. I’m driving the brand ambassador program and our blog. We are a great team with so many fun things to do that we want to experience with a new team member. Is that you? Let us know and apply here!

9 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

Technology made human

It has almost been a month since we introduced Kronaby to the world and we are thankful for the great response we have received so far. Now we are focusing on what’s coming next including the product launch in January and the upcoming activities.

We firmly believe that technology is fantastic but only if it adds value to you. This view is at the core of our work here at Kronaby in everything we do. We are extremely selective with Kronaby’s features, as there is no reason for functions that don’t serve a real purpose for you. We have found evidence for this in our everyday lives as we can see that a culture has been developed where people must feel they are constantly available.

Tristan Harris, the co-founder of Time Well Spent, held a very interesting TED Talk about the future of technology. He highlighted the importance of spending our time well and asked “what does the future of technology look like when you're designing for the deepest human values?" We believe that we have an answer for that. Not only do we want to make technology human, we also want to build a community and show the world that technology does not need to disrupt our lives - as long as it is developed in favor of human needs.

We would love to continue discussing this, as we find this topic extremely interesting, but it would be unfair to you guys as we haven’t told you that much yet and how the Kronaby watch help you manage your time more efficiently. The best is still to come and we are continuing our journey to launch the next generation of watches so stay tuned!

9 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

The story of Kronaby

At Kronaby we love the looks and feel of a classic timepiece, but understand that it can be so much more. So how did we come up with this idea and how did it all started?  

First, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Pål, and I am the CEO of Kronaby, Sweden. I spent a number years of working within the consumer electronic industry. We created products that would convince ordinary people to use innovative technical solutions and advance features, driven more from a “what can be done “rather than “what do I need” perspective. My colleagues and I realized that a product that really makes sense is missing. We wanted to challenge the industry and make a product that would facilitate people’s day to day lives. We wanted to create products utilizing technology and innovation centering on the individual. We call this Human technology. Technology and innovation is fantastic but it needs to be designed in a way that will solve a real problem and address it in a way that gives value every day to the end user.

We decided to give this a real shot. We gathered the best people from various backgrounds, individually and professionally. We thought a lot about how we have created a society where technology is a distraction and disabler rather than an enabler for many people. We wanted to develop a product that would make everyday life easier and less stressful. The Kronaby watch was a natural first step because a beautiful connected watch was the missing piece in our own lives. At Kronaby, we believe that we have been able to create watches supported with relevant features and services that solve personal needs. We merged our Scandinavian design heritage with the traditional watch making industry to design something beautiful but also smart. Our creation will be launched on January 26th.

This is the new generation of watches. 

10 months ago | Posted by: Pål

We are continuing our journey

Hello Kronaby friends,
We launched our brand two weeks ago and we are thrilled to see that journalists from all around the world picked up our story including Watchpro, GulfElite, EuropaStar, Sydsvenskan and Mobil. The response has been great and we are now focusing on our product announcement in 2017 – the show must go on.

Yesterday we met with Kristian Haagen in Copenhagen. Many of you watch enthusiasts know about him already but for those who don’t, Kristian is a well-known watch journalist and author of six books. It was really exciting to show him the watches and hear his thoughts. It was quite fascinating to see his passion for watches and most importantly, we are so happy that Kristian loved the watches! He was surprised by the fact that it was a real watch – he was expecting it to be something else than what it is. Don’t worry, you will also get the chance to find out coming forward. Meanwhile, we are continuing our journey to bring the next generation of watches to the market.

10 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

Recap from Precious

Wow! It has been an amazing weekend at Precious where we’ve met many interesting retailers and distributors. The response from our visitors has been overwhelming which can only indicate that we are onto something big!  What? How? When? Don’t worry, you’ll find out. However, 2017 is fast approaching so be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

We are also thrilled to see that Kronaby has been noticed in the media as well! WatchPro, EuropaStar, 8till5 and Mobil.se have already written about our brand launch. We are so appreciative for all of your support and encouragement. We can't wait to show you what we are about!

10 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

Live from Precious

Meet the KRONABY team! Johan and Jonas (in the middle) are heading sales here in Sweden and in the rest of Scandinavia. They are excited to show our watch collection to selected distributors and retailers. If you are a distributor, agent or retailer and would like to meet up with them, please fill out the contact form here.

10 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

It’s time to break the silence!

For the past few months, we have only communicated externally as Anima and it feels great to start this new chapter. It is an intense and exciting journey and we are happy that we may finally tell you about the launch of Kronaby - a new contemporary watch brand.

Tomorrow we are exhibiting at Precious, the Nordic watch & jewelry fair in Stockholm where we will talk more about our brand and offering to selected distributors and retailers. Please come visit us at Precious, booth F05! For those of you who will not be attending Precious, you can subscribe to our newsletter to stay tuned!

10 months ago | Posted by: Apollonia

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