Smart watches were all the rage a few months ago, however you can make your own using an Arduino-compatible board and customise the output to suit your own requirements. Enthusiast Matthew Garten has done just that with his Biopunk Watch powered by Arduino.
Apart from using a typical small Arduino-compatible board, real-time clock IC and an OLED display for output, a variety of external sensors can be connected and their data displayed on the screen - including a temperature sensor, ultrasonic distance sensor, or whatever you need. Furthermore the user interface is provided by a small trackball that's embedded into the wrist-strap. Matthew takes us through his project in the following video:
A fantastic example of what can be done with the Arduino development platform, and you can find all the details in the project Instructable. And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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