Boy Creates His Own Arduino Smartwatch #WearableWednesday
Omkar is just an amazing kid with his invention–the O Watch. Apparently he has been spending the last six months first sketching his idea and then prototyping this model. I found some more details on IoT4Kids, but his big video is definitely the best part. I really love when he talks about the Arduino libraries with so much confidence. Check out the design for his watch.
The watch uses a real time clock (RTC) module and a Microview, which is a tiny Arduino compatible module with a built-in OLED screen. It also stars an Adafruit charger and battery. Of course, you can’t see most of these parts because they are cleverly hidden in a sleek fabric band. He’s a boy after my own heart! For now, the watch can tell time, day of the week and temperature, but there are future plans for apps and games.
It’s really exciting to see young people catching the Arduino fever, and I know I try to share my knowledge with kids every chance I get. If you know a kid that hasn’t been immersed in microcontrollers yet, you might want to grab Sylvia’s Super Awesome Project Book–Super Simple Arduino. Then, also pick up her Arduino Add-On Pack. That way you’ll have a smiling face and cool parts to introduce the basics to your little friend. Make every day Arduino day!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.