A DIY Arduino Smartwatch You Have to Love #WearableWednesday
We have been keeping tabs on Immawake’s groovy little smartwatch, and we’ve reached the last gate–the case. His video gives a preview of the design, complete with 3D printer running in the background. My favorite part of the video is actually seeing the three versions of the watch, from the initial prototype, to the improved board and the final piece with case. I like that he’s included a built-in charger feature and I’m also excited about the possible compass feature and photoresistor. Such a great use of a NeoPixel ring, too—this thing is smokin’! It all started with an ATtiny167 and a DS3231 RTC module. I’m usually not a smartwatch fan because they tend to be bulky, but I feel this one is small enough to be worn by women and youth and has nice geek appeal. I know Immawake was showing some clear glass for the top, but I wonder if something with a little diffusion would look cool? If you are into builds, he’s got a great timelapse in his third update and I recommend you check out the rest of his making videos on his channel. If you like the idea of a NeoPixel watch, but don’t want to create your own PCB, we’ve got a great learning guide—the FLORA NeoGeo Watch. Not only does this wearable tech tell time, but it can help you get where you need to go using GPS. This is a great project that looks good and has real functionality, so get on it!
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