June Hack Day Highlight: PebbleDuty

- July 10, 2013

PagerDuty’s June Hack Day was just the other day, and once again our staff presented some very cool projects. This month we highlight the winner of the Most Awesome award.

Most Awesome: PebbleDuty

PagerDuty reliably triggers incidents from a vast array of monitoring tools, your email, and your custom tools through our API. Now, thanks to Daniel Ribeiro and Mark Matta, you can trigger an alert from a new channel: your watch. If you have a Pebble watch, you can trigger incidents from your watch to PagerDuty. We call it PebbleDuty.

Pebble is a watch that uses Bluetooth to connect to iPhone and Android smartphones, alerting you to incoming calls, emails, and messages. An open SDK makes Pebble highly customizable.

With just a press of the watch button, Pebble makes an HTTP request to PagerDuty to create a triggered incident. This way, if everything hits the fan and you’re away from your phone or laptop, you can trigger your whole team just by raising your arm—and PebbleDuty does the rest.

pebbleduty watch

Plans for future iterations include sending incidents to PebbleDuty and allowing you to acknowledge, resolve, or escalate them by pressing one of the watch buttons. We’ve also shared the code on GitHub—take a look, fork it, and show us what you can do!

See PebbleDuty in Action

It’s easy to see why this project received the Most Awesome award. Thanks to guys like Daniel and Mark, PagerDuty makes it hard for your team to be out of the loop when they’re needed most.

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  • http://blog.serverdensity.com/ David Mytton

    Have you considered whether it’s worth doing a PagerDuty Pebble specific all to view/escalate/resolve incidents, or does the integration into SMS/push handle that out of the box? We’ve considered it for Server Density but the ability to deal with notifications is already base functionality.

  • http://matta.me/ Mark Matta

    That would be a future hackday project :) We initially wanted to to send incidents to a specific Pebble WatchApp but ended up taking too long for a day’s work. Definitely see the potential though in ACKing and escalating alerts straight from your watch instead of looking at a text, taking out your phone and doing it there. Possible joint hackday project?

  • http://blog.serverdensity.com/ David Mytton

    Yeh, sounds good! We have a few Pebbles in the office too.

  • Matthew Barr

    With the new SDK, it might be interesting to add pebble functionality on IOS (and maybe Android).
    2 things would be interesting:

    1. upon an incoming page, vibrate the pebble until it is clicked.
    2. Offer to ack / resolve / escalate from the watch