Posted on 30 December 2013 by Patrick Kansa
DIY watches bring up a sort of morbid curiosity in me. They’re something I love to see, as you can get some creative ideas. I also have a basic appreciation for the work that goes into them, but I know my skill set (at least with electronics and soldering) would lead to me killing any project I tried to build (hence the morbid side of the curiosity). Continue Reading
Posted on 09 October 2013 by Patrick Kansa
We’ve brought you word of a handful of different watches you can build yourself with some basic electronics and soldering skills. Over at HackADay, they recently featured a watch that is certainly one of the nicest “roll your own” digital watches I’ve seen.
Most of these DIY affairs are fairly bulky, as they’re being made for (and by) people who aren’t necessarily watchmakers, and as such don’t have the fine motor skill practice (or tools) necessary for putting together tiny components. This didn’t apparently stop Zak Kemble, as he put together a watch that’s an impressive 10mm thin. And it’s not some anemic little thing either.
No, he’s managed to fit a good bit of functionality in, including:
- Set up to 10 different alarms (for different days of the week)
- Games! Breakout, and some sort of car-dodging (Frogger?) style game
- Flashlight (which also has a rave mode – guessing you don’t want to trigger that while driving)
- Stopwatch functionality
This is all displayed on what looks to be a very crisp OLED display. Frankly, I’m impressed – while it’s not something I myself can put together, I can certainly appreciate the effort that went into packaging this watch (and it’s functionality). Sure, it’s not a smartwatch, but this is one of the cooler digital watches I’ve seen in some time, mass-produced or not. If you’d like some more information on this project, check out the original project page here.
Posted on 30 March 2013 by Patrick Kansa
In an earlier post, I brought to your attention a watch you could build yourself. If you’ve already done that one (or just are looking for something to do on a lazy weekend), this is another great (and affordable option). Continue Reading
Posted on 12 August 2012 by Patrick Kansa
(Picture provided by W&W)
Once the watch bug has bitten you, you know you’re going to run out space to store watches pretty quickly. Sure, if you’ve only got a few, you can toss them into a drawer or have them on the nightstand. Continue Reading
Posted on 30 March 2009 by John Biggs
This DIY item uses two standard dials and some odd telegraph keys to create something that looks like it belongs on the bridge of the Enterprise, circa 1801. The clock uses parts from ShareBrained and a tea box attached to some custom-engraved metal plates – actually curtain rod ends.