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DIY Wearables: A Homemade Smart Watch

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Susan Rambo
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Only the smart make smartwatches
Susan Rambo   2/22/2014 1:10:03 PM
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Has anyone out there made their own smart watch recently or in the distant past? Now that commercial products are showing up, we want to hear if you ever made your own.

David Ashton
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Watches...
David Ashton   2/22/2014 7:22:09 PM
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This is a fantastic project and in the photos it looks pretty professional.  The trouble with watches is that they are so small so you need really small components and fine soldering work to put them together.  I've never done anything like this.  However I once had a calulator watch (remember them?) and the strap broke.  Since it was not replaceable I thought I'd do something else with it.  I installed it in my car, in the ashtray, with a single NiCd cell for power, charged off the 12V.  I replaced the original beeper with a transistor and small speaker.  I got it beeping on the hour and got some funny looks from passengers when it beeped and they'd say "What's that?" and I'd proudly show them.... I was such a nerd :-)   It was useful for calculating my gas mileage though.

betajet
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betajet   2/22/2014 7:58:02 PM
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I use a slide rule to calculate gas mileage.  It's a lot quicker than pushing all those buttons, and never needs recharging :-)

David Ashton
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David Ashton   2/22/2014 8:45:04 PM
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@Betajet....."I use a slide rule to calculate gas mileage."     Almost as nerdy, and I'll bet you get just as funny looks :-)

Caleb Kraft
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Caleb Kraft   2/24/2014 9:00:05 AM
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yeah, but how does that slide rule look on your wrist!

betajet
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betajet   2/24/2014 9:22:19 AM
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I keep the slide rule in the glove compartment.  However, to get an idea of what a slide rule looks like on one's wrist, Google "circular slide rule watch images".

Caleb Kraft
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Caleb Kraft   2/24/2014 9:50:48 AM
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well well! it looks much better than I anticipated!

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