the wearther blog


New Features!

Good news! We've implemented some new features on wearther!

  • Umbrella icon! It might not look exciting but this is a very useful feature that has been missing from wearther for quite some time. The icon will display if there is a chance of rain in the next few hours (depending on the duration settings)
  • Shop shop shop! We are very excited with this new feature. At the moment you are able to view listings for the following items:

    • cotton blazer
    • wool blazer
    • cotton shirt
    • cotton jeans
    • cotton chino
    • cotton sneakers
    • leather shoes

    We manually picked the items from various stores and brands which we hope you will enjoy. It was very labor-intensive work but we believe that it's worth the effort. Stay tuned for more clothing items!

Change on Apparent Temperature Formula

We recently took notice that wearther was not proving the right clothing combinations when temperatures were greater than 27 °C / 80 °F. We quickly realized that it was due to the formula of one of the temperature indicators that we currently use - Apparent Temperature. Because of this, wearther was providing us with combinations that involved too many layers of clothing.

As of current, wearther makes use of the Australian Apparent Temperature which takes into account wind speed. This works great but we missed out on the fact that it was meant to be used during cooler and not warmer temperatures. As a result we improved on the Apparent Temperature formula to include the Heat Index to represent warmer temperatures, while keeping the AAT for cooler temperatures.

As spring has arrived in the southern hemisphere, we believe that this change will make wearther more relevant to our friends in the northern and southern hemispheres.

Minor Update

A minor update on wearther (0.2.2) has been deployed today

  • Added favicons and removed irrelevant files from AppCache
  • It is now possible to switch clothing combinations by pressing left or right arrow key on your keyboard
  • Pressing escape button on your keyboard will hide options page if exists
  • Scrolling on options page is now smoother on iOS devices

Deployed wearther 0.2.0

New version of wearther (0.2.0) is now up and running with some new features including

  • Automatic default unit detection. Hooray! It will use default unit based on your current location (eg. in the US Fahrenheit and MPH will be used and in Australia, Celsius and KM/H)
  • Wind speed and temperature units can be set separately. You can use Fahrenheit for temperature and KM/H for wind speed if you wish
  • A Combination of arrow buttons on larger screens (ie. tablets and desktops). We received feedback that dragging the clothing combinations on larger screens was not very intuitive.
  • Options for the time duration spent outside. By default wearther takes The weighted average temperature for the next 6-12 hours (Long duration) before deciding what sort of clothing combinations to display. With Short duration now included as an alternative option, it will take the weighted average temperature for the next 2-3 hours to derive an optimal clothing combination. Perfect if you are only planning to go out for a short while
  • Reduced bandwidth usage by 50%
  • Minor UI changes (color, option back button, etc)

Let us know what you think! We still have plenty of other features that need to be implemented and we are very excited about it! :D