Tylersuard
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Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:15 am

Hi all. I made a pi smartwatch from a zero and some other stuff. It has a joystick, a screen, and 3 buttons. I have an entire computer on my wrist now, but I have no idea what to do with it. Any ideas? No arcades/games please. But I do want it to be something cool and at least a little bit useful. Thanks in advance.


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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:36 am

Please post a picture of your Pi smartwatch :D

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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:59 am

drgeoff wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:35 am
https://www.sciencephoto.com/media/349854/view (15 to 20 years ago.)
So by now we can have the "office on the arm on the Arm." Makes total sense.

The OP dismisses gaming applications but an "arm on the arm on the Arm" looks to me like an even more potent concept.
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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:39 pm

drgeoff wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:35 am
https://www.sciencephoto.com/media/349854/view (15 to 20 years ago.)
Hmmm.... *scratches chin
Very interesting.

Thank you for posting :)

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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:30 am

rpiMike wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:36 am
Please post a picture of your Pi smartwatch :D
Here you go!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_dKE5-hBatI

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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:04 am

Very nice :)

What screen did you use?

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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:29 pm

Tylersuard wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:15 am
I have an entire computer on my wrist now, but I have no idea what to do with it. Any ideas?
What sensors and connectivity does it have ? That will probably define what's possible and not.

Usual map and information displays would seem to be the obvious things.

Nearby zombie detector, and any other "xxxdar" apps you can think of 8-)

You could of course just use it to show the time. Perhaps in non-standard formats; Stardate, Swatch, or your own decimal or other creation. I've always favoured "00-19 : 00-99 : 00-49" as being 'as close to decimal time' which anyone could actually cope with for now.

I think building it, and not having an idea what to do with it now you have, probably illustrates why 'computers on the wrist' haven't really proven that popular.

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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:12 pm

Sorry, no ideas here, but id just like to say that thats one of the coolest projects ive seen in a while :)
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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:43 pm

blaablaaguy wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:12 pm
Sorry, no ideas here, but id just like to say that thats one of the coolest projects ive seen in a while :)
For a really cool project, see here.
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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:16 am

It's a clever project...but it begs the question: What does one do with *any* "smart watch"?

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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:16 am

I always load WiFi and Bluetooth scanners in my Android gear.
I like to know who and what is talking electronically around me.

Add a MAX30101 to it and you have heart rate and oximeter.
Add 9axis IMU sensor and you can make motion loggers for sports ergonomics research and performance monitoring.
Same thing could be used for movement/music interfacing interpretive dance etc. ie motion input to SonicPI.
Minority report UI.....

To make it a bit thinner use three sections. Zero, IO/Sensors/LCD, battery.
Then it is more a cuff than a watch.
Add more stuff for gauntlet type look, SciFi or SteamPunk?
GPS receiver for mapping, bigger display.
GSM/LTE TX/RX for mobile phone.
LoRa for ??????
Barometric sensor for altitude/variometer = paraglider/hanglider basic flight gear.

All of the above 8-)
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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:20 pm

If you use public transportation, and there is a suitable API in your area, a nice feature might tell you when the next train/bus is arriving.

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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:58 am

W. H. Heydt wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:16 am
It's a clever project...but it begs the question: What does one do with *any* "smart watch"?
Having recently bought a commercially available smartwatch, this is an easy question to answer.

I use it to see the time.
Mostly. I can also read text messages or send an SMS / make a phone call without needing to carry my phone around. There are various other functions as well, such as an alarm clock, voice recorder, world clock, music streaming, or general health apps (pedometer, heart rate monitor, sleep scheduler, etc) and other stuff. Or you can browse the internet, FaceBook, emails, Twitter, etc, from your wrist.


So I imagine that with a Pi smart watch, one could also play MinecraftPi.
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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:22 pm

Imperf3kt wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:58 am
W. H. Heydt wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:16 am
It's a clever project...but it begs the question: What does one do with *any* "smart watch"?
Having recently bought a commercially available smartwatch, this is an easy question to answer.

I use it to see the time.
Even that's a PITA if it hasn't got an e-ink display because one usually has to push a button or tap the display to see what the time is if the display is blanked to conserve power.

I picked up a smart watch which includes webcam and full phone with SIM card which was cheaper than a Pi just to see what use it might be. So far, none, other than it being impressive that so much can be packaged into something which really isn't much larger than a normal watch.

The main problem with it is that the software which needs to be loaded on the phone to communicate with the watch talks back to Chinese servers and no one is sure exactly what it is doing or could be doing when the phone has a connection to one's full LAN. At least with a Pi-based smart watch one shouldn't have that problem.

For me, a smart watch fits into the category of 'looks like it could be useful but turns out not to be'. I don't think anyone's found a killer app for a smart watch beyond telling the time, and a normal watch does that much better.

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Re: Ideas for what to do with a Pi smartwatch?

Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:30 pm

hippy wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:22 pm
For me, a smart watch fits into the category of 'looks like it could be useful but turns out not to be'. I don't think anyone's found a killer app for a smart watch beyond telling the time, and a normal watch does that much better.

I have to agree "a lot"..... my wife "had" to have an Apple watch... she wore it for a week, maybe too.. haven't seen it for months now and I'm sure the battery having been dead for so long is likely ruined.

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