Not happy with the current crop of fitness trackers or other wearable devices? You could try designing your own from scratch, but that’s a pretty massive undertaking. Chinese device maker Giayee has another idea: They’re launching a crowd-funding campaign for a DIY wearable device kit called Atomwear.
If the team can raise at least $12,000 Canadian by September 18th, you’ll be able to get a basic Atomware kit for a pledge of as little as $45.
Atomwear is a modular kit with individual modules for battery, Bluetooth, 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer sensors for motion controls, an OLED display module, and a control module with status LEDs.
There’s a base board with 6 24-pin headers which you can use to arrange the modules any way you see fit. You can also connect two base boards together to use more than 6 modules.
Then you can design your own wristband or other wearable device cover for it. The software is all open source and available through Github, and applications could include pedometers, motion trackers, digital compass software, gesture recognition, temperature or humidity detectors, and more. You can even use the kit to create your own game controller or motion sensing input device for a computer.
via CNX Software