DALi Watch Application

You can create a watch application with DALi to retrieve the current date and time and display it accurately on the screen.

This feature is supported in wearable applications only.

To create a DALi watch application, you must:

  • Use the Dali::WatchApplication class.


    A DALi watch application is implemented similarly to a DALi basic UI application, since the Dali::WatchApplication class inherits from the Dali::Application class. Consequently, make sure you are familiar with the basic UI application details before tackling a watch application.

  • Make sure you start the event loop.

  • React to application events with callbacks.

  • Manage the time handle and display the time with the DALi 3D UI.

    The TimeTickSignal() and AmbientTickSignal() functions trigger callback functions to update the display with the new accurate time. The WatchTime handle is provided with the callback function to help you to update the current time properly.

Figure: DALi watch application

DALi watch application

For the steps of creating the basic parts of a simple DALi watch application, see Basics of Creating a DALi Watch Application.

Main Application Classes

If you want to use DALi for your watch application, you must create the application with the Dali::WatchApplication class. This class provides the means for initializing the resources required by DALi.

The following table lists the main functions you need in your application to retrieve the current time. They are all provided by the Dali::WatchTime class.

Table: Main functions

Function Description
GetHour() Get the hour from the WatchTime handle.
GetHour24() Get the hour from the WatchTime handle in 24-hour format.
GetMinute() Get the minute from the WatchTime handle.
GetSecond() Get the second from the WatchTime handle.

Event Loop

Like all ordinary Tizen applications, the DALi watch application must start the main event loop. Afterwards, it can receive usual platform events and dedicated watch events from the platform.

The mainloop() function is used to start the event loop. If you do not call the function and start the event loop, DALi cannot call any callback functions for application events.

Event Callbacks

The Dali::WatchApplication class emits several signals which you can connect to.

The following table lists the callbacks for the watch application signals provided by the Dali::WatchApplication class. These signals originally occur in the Tizen Application framework, and you can use the callbacks to react to them.

Table: Callbacks for watch application event signals

Callback Description
TimeTickSignal() Called every second. You can use the signal to update the time on the screen.
AmbientTickSignal() Called every minute when the device is in the ambient mode. You can use the signal to update the time on the screen.
AmbientChangedSignal() Called when the device enters or exits the ambient mode.

Basics of Creating a DALi Watch Application

To create a DALi watch application, set the time, and draw the UI:

  1. Initialize the application:

    1. To use the functions and data types of the DALi watch application, include the <dali/public-api/dali-wearable.h> header file in your application:
      #include <dali/public-api/dali-wearable.h>
    2. Like in a basic UI application, use the following 2 using directives for convenience, because all DALi APIs are contained in either Dali or Dali::Toolkit namespace:
      using namespace Dali;
      using namespace Dali::Toolkit;
  2. Create the Dali::WatchApplication class instance to initialize and set up DALi for a watch application:

    WatchApplication application = WatchApplication::New( &argc, &argv );
  3. Connect signals to keep yourself informed when certain system events occur.

    1. To manage signal connection safely, DALi provides the Dali::ConnectionTracker class. A typical way to start a DALi application is to create a class derived from the Dali::ConnectionTracker class and use its member functions as callback functions for DALi signals.

      When the application receives the InitSignal(), it can create UI components. Connect the WatchExample::Create() callback to the Dali::WatchApplication::InitSignal() function:

      class WatchExample : public ConnectionTracker
          WatchExample( WatchApplication& application )
            : mApplication( application )
            mApplication.InitSignal().Connect( this, &WatchExample::Create );
          void Create( Application& application )
            // Create a DALi UI component
          WatchApplication& mApplication;
    2. Handle the tick signals.

      The TimeTickSignal() callback is triggered once per second. Retrieve the current time from the WatchTime time handle to draw the updated time.

      You can get the current hour, minute, and second from the WatchTime time handle by using the time.GetHour(), time.GetMinute(), and time.GetSecond() functions.

      mApplication.TimeTickSignal().Connect( this, &WatchExample::OnTimeTick );
      // Update clock hands on the tick event
      void OnTimeTick( Application& application, const WatchTime& time )
        UpdateClockHands(time.GetHour(), time.GetMinute(), time.GetSecond());
      void UpdateClockHands(int hour, int min, int sec)
        // Update the angle of each hand
  • Dependencies
    • Tizen 3.0 and Higher for Wearable