2014-09-28 (Su) Smart Pocket Watch

I had hoped to finish this project today but rerouting the buttons seemed impossible. Today I think I cracked it.

Originally the smart pocket watch was supposed to be a weekend project. I figured it wouldn't take more than a few days to slap a smart watch inside a pocket watch frame and reroute some buttons. I was wrong but this has been a pretty rewarding project. I hadn't done any plastic bending since high school. I hadn't used model paint in a long time and I realized how useful it can be. Wearing this smart watch convinced me to buy a more modern one which can be seen in some of my pictures. This showed me that copper foil tape is a really handy conductor which can be used on so many surfaces. If this were combined with conductive paint a whole world of possibilities opens up.

Enough background.

The two wooden arcs used on the sides were sanded using 80 grit paper on a clipboard to provide a flat surface and a secure clip for one side of the abrasive sheet. More attempts were made to control the screen while inside the clamshell. Methods which worked reliably suddenly stopped when inserted into the clamshell. A phenomenon was notice where the remote switches worked reliably while the watch was held but failed to operate while the watch was suspended by the foil tape. The methods also failed if the watch was set on a wooden desk.

 80 grit sand paper on a clipboard

Tape run over the wooden arc 

Tape applied to the wooden arc

Soldered joint between pieces of tape

To remedy this problem a strip of copper tape was applied to the back of the watch and another was put inside the watch frame on the back side. This method of selectively isolating the chassis from the screen but connecting the watch and the clamshell seemed effective.

Tape on inside of clamshell and back of watch

To do:
  • Construct and isolate virtual buttons
  • Construct arcs to hold clamshell shut

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