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binary pocket (now wrist) watch

Post by Ari » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:52 pm

Hey guys, I haven't posted here in ages, but I've finally finished a new project: a binary pocket watch! I figured that's portable and geeky enough to be appropriate here. :wink:

And here's some pictures:

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This is using a chip intended for nixie clocks because I'm too lazy to program my own microcontroller. It runs on 4AA batteries, which will hopefully last a while.

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The time displays when you hold down the bottom button, and the 2 on the side are for setting the time.

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Here it is turned on. It's 12:06 because I took this picture before setting the time.

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The back is an embarassing mess of chopped up ide cable.

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Looks pretty cool in the dark.

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And here's a chopped up nimh 9v battery I'm considering using to make it a wristwatch, albeit a really huge one.

I'm pretty sure this is the coolest thing I've ever made. :lol:
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Post by jjhammerstein » Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:28 pm

That is pretty cool.
Give it a tinted glass cover so that only lit LEDs are visible.
Also, try powering it with a 9v button cell or two.
AAs are TOTALLY overkill.
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Post by ShockSlayer » Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:33 pm

Slick, I like it!

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Post by grossaffe » Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:30 am

you should make that binary wrist-watch. wear your geekiness with pride!

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Post by Kyo » Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:19 am

Neat. Is that an atmega8?

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Post by Ari » Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:41 am

Kyo wrote:Neat. Is that an atmega8?
Yep.

And now it's a wristwatch!
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All I need to do now is add some sort of charging circuit for the batteries. Probably using USB.
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Post by themadhacker » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:10 am

Nice!
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Post by eurddrue » Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:45 am

omg! the back, I don't know how you stand doing that without color coded wires, I mean come on, it is so much easier to follow a wire of a different color than a gray one in a tangle like that
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Post by Kyo » Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:07 pm

you just gotta solder then chronologically. What I mean by that is that you start with pin 1 on the atmega, and keep soldering till you're at the end.

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Post by Ari » Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:40 pm

It really wasn't very hard to keep everything organized since it's so small. I didn't even go in any particular order. Though I did occasionally have to desolder and move some wires out of the way temporarily because they covering up something I was trying to get at. And I forgot to attach the top left LED, but it never lights up anyway.
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Post by grossaffe » Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:29 pm

gotta get a picture of you wearing it.

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Post by Ari » Sat Jan 03, 2009 6:37 pm

I replaced the batteries with 3 nicd AAAs (cuz I'm too cheap to buy nimhs), and added some pin headers to attach a (currently nonexistant) charging cable to.
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grossaffe wrote:gotta get a picture of you wearing it.
Oh, fine.
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Post by ShockSlayer » Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:01 am

Too cool,man. Too cool. I like the USB idea. I like the whole thing in general. And nice sig. :P

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Post by Ari » Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:17 pm

I got the sig from a 10 page packet of engineering jokes my dad brought home from work one day. Guess it runs in the family... :lol:

I finally made a charging cable once the battery died (only lasted 2 days :(). I ended up hooking it up to an RC battery smart charger, which can fully charge it in ~15 minutes. And I'll probably pick up some nimhs the next time harbor freight has them on sale. Those should last 4 or 5 days.

And there's another slight problem: it occasionally resets the time to 12:00 for some reason. Dunno why that happens. :?
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Re: binary pocket (now wrist) watch

Post by orduzandres02 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:40 am

you can put the squematic and the hex file and program asm or c for made some for me thanks for help me

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