8-year-old kid knocks up 3D printed smartwatch

Arduino Zero powered device will hit crowdfunding platform soon
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We don't know about you but, when this writer was eight years old, the most impressive thing we could create was a farting noise by cupping our hand under our armpit.

But times change, kids these days are born with a smartphone in their hand and Bluetooth connectivity built in as standard. Or something like that.

They're certainly a lot more tech savvy and there's no better example than that of Omkar Govil-Nair, an 8-year-old kid, who has been showing off his 3D printed O Watch at his local San Francisco Bay Area Maker Faire this week and is all set to launch a crowdfund campaign.

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Using the Arduino Zero platform - a 32 bit board based on ARM SoC architecture - Omkar has constructed a funky looking smartwatch capable of running games and apps.

"Since it is a fully Arduino-compatible product in a tiny package, you can do a lot more – pretty much anything that is possible using a regular Arduino board and a colour screen," said the youngster. "You will also learn how to do 3D design."

The O Watch will be landing on a crowdfuding site later this month and there will be a couple of options for people to back - one packing the Arduino tech, an OLED display, a battery, the 3D-printed case and strap; and another that adds integrated 3-axis compass and temperature, barometric pressure, and humidity sensors.

There's no word on pricing as of yet, but you can sign up for updates now.

Source: 3Dprint

8-year-old kid knocks up 3D printed smartwatch

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Wareable Media Group co-CEO Paul launched Wareable with James Stables in 2014, after working for a variety of the UK's biggest and best consumer tech publications including Pocket-lint, Forbes, Electric Pig, Tech Digest, What Laptop, T3 and has been a judge for the TechRadar Awards. 

Prior to founding Wareable, and subsequently The Ambient, he was the senior editor of MSN Tech and has written for a range of publications.

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