Android Wear is envisioned as a companion platform, making it easier to get notifications and look up quick information without needing to pull out your phone. Of course, there are plenty of developers out there that are looked to expand this focus into games, productivity and so much more.
In the case of Corbin Davenport, there’s also the need to make Android Wear do crazy things that it normally wouldn’t. Just last week, he demo’d Windows 95 running on a Gear Live, albeit very poorly. His latest project brings a Gameboy Color emulator to the watch, though this particular app actually works flawlessly on the small screen. As for controlling the games played on it? You’ll need a Bluetooth controller like the Moga.
For those interested in trying this on their own watches, Davenport has provided instructions, though you’ll need to be comfortable with using ADB (or willing to learn) in order to get the job done. Keep in mind these instructions aren’t specific just to the emulator, they’ll allow you to run just about any Android app on the watch, with some restrictions.
How practical is playing Gameboy games (or any full Android app for that matter) on your watch? Honestly, we’d say you’re better off actually whipping out your phone, but to each their own. What do you think?