NEW PRODUCT – TIMESQUARE DIY Watch Kit – Red Display Matrix

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NEW PRODUCT – TIMESQUARE DIY Watch Kit – Red Display Matrix. Show up stylish AND on time to any event with this awesome looking DIY watch. We have a few watch kits here at Adafruit but we finally have one that looks good and fits well, even for ladies and kids and others with smaller wrists and hands. Its got a 8×8 bit matrix display and a repurposed silicone watch band for a professional look.


64 LEDs light up to tell you the time in a variety of ways. Built into the kit are 3 different watch ‘faces’ – a scrolling marquee with time and date, a binary watch display (for geeks, robots and binary fans), and a moon phase display (for beach-combers, werewolves). There’s also a built in battery meter so you can check your battery life. Want to make your own watch? Easy! The microcontroller is an Arduino-compatible, all you need is an FTDI Friend and the Arduino IDE and you can design your own watch faces and upload them to the TIMESQUARE.


Engineered for greatness by PaintYourDragon, this watch squeezes 500-1000 full time displays out of a coin battery, and a up to one year ‘resting’ lifetime, so you can use this as a day-to-day time keeper.


This watch comes with a ultra bright red LED matrix and a black silicone watch band that fits all wrists from children to adult.

This is a DIY kit, and requires some basic soldering/assembly to put together. It is a beginner kit, so this is a fine project to use in learning how to solder. Tools are not included, you’ll need a soldering iron, solder and diagonal cutters as a minimum. Check the tutorial page for details on what tools and steps are required to assemble. Take about 1-2 hours to put together. Build it in the afternoon and you’ll be done in time to hit the clubs in the evening.

For more information and downloads check out the page in the Adafruit Learning System.

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  1. Nice kit! Looks very cool 🙂

    I know it is targeted at beginners, but I think it would be neat to have a surface mount version for those of us who want to work on SMT soldering skills. Just a thought!

  2. Mrmph. I already have enough blinky pixel clocks! Several that I’ve made myself, even. But I can’t help but look at this and consider buying it just so I can modify it for line power and constant display as a nice little USB powered desk clock.

    Can we get a video showing off the default modes? That might push me over the edge when my kit sales check comes in.

  3. Thank you. I ordered one because it seemed to be very appealing, I actually like it and I believe wearing it will start up a conversation on my interest / hobby in microcontrollers.

    Can you also sell the band seperately? I believe the band will wear out in a year and a half as most wrist watches do.

  4. Are schematics available for this? I checked out what I could find on the web site, and couldn’t find any. I don’t need a wristwatch, but driving an 8×8 matrix from a coin cell could have many other fun applications people may want to try (here’s one fun example, but I resorted to AAA’s).


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