The Casio F91W is the Ford Model-T of digital timepieces. It’s cheap (retailing for around $19 today), its battery lasts forever (around seven years), and it’s remarkably durable. When it was introduced in 1991, the F91W was one of the only affordable digital watches on the market, and it’s remained amazingly popular…
Dexter Sinister launched their reverse-engineered F91W, which they call Watch Wyoscan, 0.5 Hz, on September 29th. Watch Wyoscan, which looks much like the F91W. In fact, its exterior body is exactly the same. What has changed is its guts. The designers removed the manufacturer’s circuitry and replaced it with what amounts to a tiny computer: new circuit boards and a new software, written by Wysocan.
Instead of displaying the time consistently across the watch’s quartz crystal face, the software only allows one segment of the familiar 7-segment number system to display at a time (watch the video to check it out). So instead of being able to glance at the time, the wearer is challenged to parse it out of a wave of segments that float from left to right across the screen. Or as Reinfurt notes, “it takes time to read the time.”
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
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.