There has been a huge increase in demand for smart watches in last couple years. There are many options in the market, yet there is no open source alternative, neither any initiative. I always loved open-source software & hardware thus i decided to turn my smart watch project into an initiative for creating a smart watch alternative for all the other options out there in the market.
Both software & hardware design is very primitive so far but I am totally sure it is not far that we have fully functioning smart watches on our wrists that we can hack, modify & re-design for our every need.
Imagine having your computer, smart phone and your tablet on your wrist, SmartWatch is more than that because it packs all that computing power into a wristwatch form that you can actually wear in daily life. It is a dream waiting to become reality. Let’s make it!
Last week , my delivery – the arduino ethernet shield – from Farnell has arrived. I was totally excited about it but i didnt have much time to play with it last week because i had visa exams.Finally , yesterday i had some time to play with it. I tested some of the example source codes on it and i have to admit that it was dead easy to set up & get to running.There is a plethora of source codes available for the shield , not just source codes but also lots of demonstration videos of what others made with it.This – The Sharing – is one of the reasons i love Arduino Community. A community of makers and enthusiast those help each other . It is a community where imaginations come alive and get in touch with the physical world in a collaboration and im grateful to be part of it Continue reading →
It has been more than month since Open Source Bluetooth Watch Initiative first announced.There has been some improvements.Hardware side of the project completed.But there is a lot to do on the software side to make it a nice developer-friendly watch.So i started programming an API for the watch.But this last month has been very very busy for me.But still there has been somethings done.
Hardware Updates :
5 pushbuttons added for navigation.
I designed watch UI on top of Vertical Screens called Widgets.In these Widgets, we’ve got buttons , labels etc.
There still some lacks & issues to solved.As soon as i have some free time i will work on those and release source code with Android & Maemo Apps. to talk to watch.If there is anything about the code that is bothering you please dont hesitate to comment or contact me .Suggestions are welcome.
Lately i’ve been spending my spare times to build an homemade bluetooth wristwatch.I’ve used Nokia 6610 LCD for display, Bluesmirf GOLD for the bluetooth and Arduino Mini Pro for the processing.
I just finished most of the soldering & electronics part yesterday… Only one thing left on the electronics part and that is adding some buttons onto the watch.
I’ve written a bluetooth client application for N900(Maemo5). But it still needs some improvement on User Interface. So to speak back-end for N900 is done..
Today i made a simple Graphical User Interface for the watch and i recorded a video to introduce User Interface.
I just noticed arduino on the dtv shredder while watching its test ride video on engadget.Here below you can see it under the red veroboard.The USB Plug , Made In Italy logo it’s totally an Arduino.
Why it’s a big deal?
It’s felt nice to see even in such big projects they use same hardware we -avarage geeks- use.It is quite encouraging isn’t it?
IMHO it’s very encouraging.I hope i can come up with such a big idea one day.