Reviews - February 3, 2024

WearPico: An open source smartwatch based on Raspberry Pi that is relatively easy to assemble.

WearPico: A new smartwatch with extensive featuresWearPico: A new smartwatch with extensive features

WearPico is a new smartwatch based on Raspberry Pi. Because it is an open source project, it is relatively easy to build. Smartwatches are also relatively compact.

Raspberry Pi comes in many variations. A particularly compact version is also available with the Raspberry Pi Pico, but this board is more of a developer board than a single board computer. WearPico from manufacturer Umut Sevdi is an open source project that can be assembled accordingly. Project modifications as well as collaboration are possible.

This model is based on the compact Raspberry Pi Pico W, which also features an integrated graphical user interface. The range of functions is the same as that of a regular smartwatch. For example, it is possible to display notifications and control media content on a connected smartwatch.

Operation follows the conventions of the device category and is primarily carried out via the touchscreen. Touch gestures are supported as well as individual input using fingers. Some clock features are also supported, such as setting a timer or using a stopwatch. It is said that it is also possible to record body temperature and track health data. An acceleration sensor and vibration motor are installed to record steps and display incoming notifications tactilely.

Umut Sevdi documents the project in detail on GitHub and also provides the corresponding software. Sevdi uses C as his programming language and has also published extensive scientific research on smartwatches.

Silvio Werner

I have been a journalist for over 10 years, mostly in the technology sector. I’ve worked at places like Tom’s Hardware and ComputerBase, and have been working at Notebookcheck since 2017. My current focus is on single board computers such as mini PCs and Raspberry Pi. Potential. Plus, I have a soft spot for all kinds of wearable devices, especially smartwatches. My main job is as a laboratory engineer, so scientific contexts and the interpretation of complex measurements are no stranger to me.

Jacob Fishertranslator: Jacob Fisher – Translator – 703 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2022

Growing up in regional Australia, I was first introduced to computers in my early teens after breaking my leg during a soccer game, temporarily forcing me to live indoors. Soon after, I started building my own systems. I moved to Germany in 2014 to study philosophy and anthropology and currently live in Germany. I am particularly fascinated by how computer technology has fundamentally and dramatically transformed human culture, and how it continues to do so.

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