Microcontroller - 8051, 8052, OpCodes, Analog Interface.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Make a Custom eZ430 Chronos Watch

Evolution of The SmartWatch

This post was made in relation to the TI Chronos and Casio watches, The early Smartwatches.

This is not a HandHeld Gizmo but a Gizmo that Holds your Hand. Gadgets that Cling to the Body. Wearable Wireless Computers. The first Smart Wristwatch according to my knowledge was created by Casio. It was not as smart as the chaps below, but had many functions including a calculator and calender,

Release of databank telephone number storage wristwatch CD-40

January 1984 - "Casio released watches with various advanced features, including a calculator function (C-80 released in 1980), and a dictionary function (T-1500 Walking Dictionary released in 1982). The company wanted to see the wristwatch evolve from a simple device for telling time to an information device on the wrist."

Casio CD-40-Databank Calculator

"This watch further advanced the concept of an information device on the wrist, and became a major hit product, selling a record total of six million units in the five years after its release."

A smartwatch or smart watch is a computerized wristwatch with functionality that is enhanced beyond timekeeping, and is often comparable to a personal digital assistant (PDA) device

Earlier post in delabs Notes

(Posted many years ago in my other tech blogs and sites.)

eZ430-Chronos wireless watch - TI

When i saw this i remember my High School friend, he had built an advanced DIY Wrist Watch with LED Display and Radio, there was a temperature display too. A Gizmo WristWatch around 1980!

This Gizmo got many students wildly interested in Electronics. He also developed a Learning Kit 'Chip Chap' for 555. An Innovative Education Kit Developer Dynam was making it..

Here is one such Temperature, Wireless, USB Data Logger Watch Development Tool. But for an entirely New Generation.

eZ430-Chronos wireless watch - TI

The eZ430-Chronos is a highly integrated, wearable wireless development system based for the CC430 in a sports watch. It may be used as a reference platform for watch systems, a personal display for personal area networks, or as a wireless sensor node for remote data collection.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rugged Circuits - Design Service

Design and Manufacturing Service for Industrial Embedded Systems for Robust Requirements. Services include component selection, PCB design, prototyping, manufacturing, and distribution.

Rugged Circuits - Design Service

Rugged Circuits - Design Service

Custom control system for an industrial machine

Triple RS485 outputs, graphic LCD display interface with dimmable backlight, 4x4 keypad interface, real-time clock, 8 discrete and protected I/O's, and in-the-field firmware upgrades over USB.

They also have a estore with products related to Ruggeduino (Rugged+Arduino ), including components, kits, Shields. The products like Rugged Motor Driver and Yellowjacket a WiFi microcontroller module, need special mention.

Rugged Circuits LLC
Wayland, Michigan 49348

Friday, December 16, 2011

Lanconelli Open Systems - LancOS

Claudio Lanconelli is a experienced PC and embedded programmer.Pony Programmer

Lanconelli Open Systems - LancOS

Embedded systems and programming. Projects Featured are - PonyProg, the most popular eeprom programmer on the Internet. CARACA, the free home automation system based on CANBus. WebTherm, a simple on-line thermometer.

PonyProg is a serial device programmer software with a user friendly GUI framework available for Windows95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP and Intel Linux. Its purpose is reading and writing every serial device. At the moment it supports I²C Bus, Microwire, SPI eeprom, the Atmel AVR and Microchip PIC micro.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Arduino Interfacing with Visual Basic

Arduino is a QuickStart Embedded system, very useful in learning both the hardware and software elements of a system.

From what i understand, the developed app can be burned into the device fully, no additional layer of OS or Firmware needed, It is all built in. In short the compiled binary can be either a stand-alone firmware(OS) or be a layer running over a Mobile OS.

Now putting Ardunio and VB together, we get an Hardware/Software Environment that is easy on students and hobbyists too.

Fermata written by Andrew Craigie

Fermata written by Andrew Craigie

Firmata is a generic protocol for communicating with microcontrollers from software on a host computer. It is intended to work with any host computer software package.