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Sep 18, 2015 1:18 EST

O Watch – A 3D Printable Smartwatch Kit for Kids: O Watch is a perfect smartwatch kit for kids to learn programming, 3D printing and crafts.

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2015

O Watch is an Arduino compatible smartwatch kit for kids to get started with hands-on programming and 3D printing. This DIY kit comes with a complete set of components and easy-to-use online instructions to create your own smartwatch.

O Watch learning tools will include a kid-friendly website with easy tutorials, examples and a community to share their creations. Arduino IDE will be the primary programming tool for O Watch.

Case designs will be available on the O Watch website and can be 3D printed at home, ordered via several 3D printing services (e.g. Shapeways, 3DHubs), or printed at local public maker-spaces (e.g. School, Library, TechShop, Fab Lab).

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O Watch was exhibited at the 2015 Bay Area Maker Faire and is a featured Maker at the upcoming World Maker Faire in New York!

O Watch Models

The O Watch kit comes in two variants: 

Base Kit: Color OLED Screen with integrated Arduino Zero based main processor board, LiPo battery, 3D printed watch case and para-cord band kit. Four color options available (Orange, Yellow, Pink, Blue).

Sensor Kit: Base kit plus one stackable sensor board with integrated 3 axis compass, a temperature/humidity sensor and a barometric pressure sensor.

Electronic Components

We have partnered with TinyCircuits to design and manufacture the electronic components for O Watch. The prototype base watch kit shown in the video uses 3 boards – the OLED screen, Arduino processor board and a separate USB programmer board along with the LiPo battery. 

Prototype Arduino Zero based O Watch main board with integrated color OLED screen + Processor + USB programmer + battery charger
Prototype Arduino Zero based O Watch main board with integrated color OLED screen + Processor + USB programmer + battery charger

To reduce the components and thickness of O Watch, TinyCircuits has designed a new Arduino Zero based module for us with a color OLED screen, micro USB programmer and charger all fully integrated on a single board as shown above. The integrated micro USB port is used for both charging and uploading programs to the O Watch.

Prototype sensor board stacked on to main board and in prototype 3D printed case
Prototype sensor board stacked on to main board and in prototype 3D printed case

The sensor board contains a 3 axis compass, a temperature & humidity sensor and a barometric pressure sensor. These are great for kids to learn to make a digital compass, write programs to measure temp, humidity, pressure and also to calculate altitude. 

Omkar at the TinyCircuits manufacturing facility in Akron, OH with Ken Burns the President of TinyCircuits
Omkar at the TinyCircuits manufacturing facility in Akron, OH with Ken Burns the President of TinyCircuits

Since O Watch is based on the Arduino based TinyDuino platform, it gives O Watch users access to open source projects from a thriving developer community that makes great programs including games. The platform is designed to be expandable and TinyCircuits offers several add-on stackable boards to create projects well beyond the smartwatch once your child is ready for the next step.

3D Printing

O Watch cases can be 3D printed at home or via one of the several 3D printing services or maker-spaces convenient to your location. We are actively working on creating a 3D printing partner ecosystem for kids to easily customize and 3D print O Watch cases in a variety of colors and materials.

We’ve partnered with 3D Hubs, a global network of 3D printers to make it easy for you to have access to local 3D printing services. As an O Watch partner, 3D Hubs is offering a $10 credit with no minimum spend to get O Watch projects kickstarted. We are working with 3D Hubs to integrate their Teleport API to theowatch.com so O Watch users can order prints directly from the O Watch website.

Rewards

Here is how we plan to bring O Watch to you.

Why are we on Kickstarter?

The Kickstarter campaign will help us do the following:

  • Improve/create kid friendly customizable 3D case designs 
  • Create website for kids to learn and share projects
  • Bulk order the electronic modules
  • Create tutorials and example programs 
  • Establish a partner ecosystem 

Hardware Specifications:

Made With:

O Watch is an Open Source product made with tools, software and components from:

International Shipping:

We ship internationally to most countries, except Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, North Korea, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Please note that you will be responsible for any duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region.

Acknowledgements

This project would not have been possible without the inspiration and encouragement from the maker community. We would like to especially acknowledge and thank:

  • Ken Burns, President of TinyCircuits
  • Quin Etnyre, CEO of Qtechknow
  • Zach Supalla, Founder/CEO of Particle

About Us

My name is Omkar. I’m 8 years old and got interested in electronics and programming 3 years back when I attended my 2nd Maker Faire. I was inspired by Quin Etnyre then the 12 year old CEO of Qtechknow. Since then I wanted to make my own product and company. Please visitIot4kids.com to see my projects.

I have full support of my parents who work in the technology industry.

Contact Information:

IoT4Kids

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