How to make a very slim watch and keep battery life long? In this Hack-a-Gecko project, they tried to catch two birds with one stone.
We thought it would be cool to utilize the extremely low power EFM32 in combination with an extremely low power display to create a wrist watch demo application. And usually, the smaller and thinner something is, the cooler it is. (Admittedly, wrist watches do not necessarily follow this trend… big watches.)
Anyway, we wanted it slim. The starting point was the memory LCD display from Sharp (link). It is truly a Nano ampere display technology. And it is also thin, only 0.75 mm. A watch also needs a battery, cool new technologies exist such as the Thinergy battery, but the voltage of 4.1 V is a bit awkward. We decided to use a standard 3.0V CR1616 cell as it can power the EFM32 and display directly. Thickness of battery + display is 2.35 mm, is it possible to design the electronics as well within this thickness limit…? Challenge accepted!“
“ The Pocket Mini Computer was designed by Jeff Ledger.
The Pocket Mini Computer is pre-installed with a COLOR BASIC. COLOR BASIC is similar to the BASIC found on common microcomputers of the 80’s and early 90’s.
Explore micro computing with a machine which: Can be successfully assembled in an evening. Can be programmed in BASIC. (and other languages) Can play games and run programs. Most importantly: Can be understood.
The Pocket Mini Computer Kit arrives as a project which requires a small amount of soldering, all components are „thru-hole“ making it an easy project for anyone with modest soldering skills.
„Smartphones are equipped with dizzying array of wireless communication capabilities. Some of these features just go totally unnoticed. One such wireless communication protocol is called ANT+. A friend of mine wanted to make a working prototype of an idea he had using ANT+ technology. While there are other mcu’s (read atmega/arduino) already had some libraries and code written for communicating against ANT+, it wasn’t enough for me.
Most of the existing code only worked as a slave, where it just tried to receive data sent by Garmin Heart Strap.
This slave implementation was only on either arduino or PC (python and C)
What I was more interested in was to leverage the ANT+ radio to not just receive data, but also send data. I wanted the mcu to interact with the world and use ANT+ to transmit data to my cellphone, for example.“