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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 9 2016

About

CulBox, an open source smart match for Arduino:

Fully Assembled first prototype with the BMP file on screen
Fully Assembled first prototype with the BMP file on screen

CulBox is a tiny wearable wrist watch made for Arduino makers who are ready to make tons of applications with the easy to use Arduino libraries and samples for this new technology.     

The actual main board
The actual main board

The main processor on this watch is a tiny ARM Cortex with the built in Bluetooth Low Energy. 

Features:

  • 32 bit Arm Cortex processor
  • Built in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • 6 axis I2C Gyro + Accelerometer sensor
  • 24bit I2C very accurate digital Altimeter / Air Pressure Sensor
  • SPI Micro-SD card memory
  • SPI 16bit color 1.5" OLED display
  • Microphone
  • 3 Push buttons
  • Audio output
  • Built in Piezo speaker
  • USB port with FTDI converter
  • Rechargeable LI-ION battery
  • Built in charger
  • Battery charge Fuel Gauge on I2C port
  • Build iPhone and Android apps without Xcode or the Android SDK in Arduino !

Build iPhone and Android apps without Xcode or the Android SDK !   

Although the SDKs are available to make Native apps for who have experience with app development, CulBox has this ability that gives you the power of making apps on your iPhone or Android device without knowing anything about app developing and using Android SDK or Xcode!

CulBox comes with a multi purpose raw app that you can download it from App Store or Google Play Store for free and then use that app as a user interface only and design your app in your Arduino code. the CulBox app acts like a raw touchscreen display that has libraries like making buttons, drawing lines and circles and etc. so with the CulBox Arduino libraries and the samples, you will be able to easily make your app and connect your CulBox watch to your phone and use it for your application.

Actual first working prototype
Actual first working prototype

16bit 1.5" OLED Display:      

The display is a very common Arduino OLED 1.5" 16bit color SPI display that has high resolution, good quality and low power consumption. the display is OLED that means all pixels are individual LEDs. that means when the color is black, its absolutely black!. it's supper easy to run the display in Arduino with all samples and libraries.

High resolution OLED display
High resolution OLED display
16Bit RGB 128*128 OLED Display
16Bit RGB 128*128 OLED Display

Built-in BLE and short range Radio:      

CulBox has a built-in radio module that can be used as a Bluetooth Low Energy or a short range 2-way radio transceiver .

BLE mode is used for communicating between CulBox and your iPhone or Android Device

Bluetooth Low Energy
Bluetooth Low Energy

The short range radio if for intercommunicating between two or more CulBox or between your CulBox and RFDuino products to transfer data or control something with your CulBox remotely

Communicate with Other CulBoxes or RFDuino board
Communicate with Other CulBoxes or RFDuino board

6Axis Gyro/Accelerometer:    

A very sensitive and precise 6D motion sensor that can be used for applications such as Step Counter, Accellerometer, Gesture Detector and many many other applications. The Accelerometer can measure up to 16g and can be used for measuring the compact or level

6 Axis Gyro/Accelerometer
6 Axis Gyro/Accelerometer
6 Axis Gyro/Accelerometer
6 Axis Gyro/Accelerometer

24Bit Air Pressure Sensor / Altimeter:      

Supper sensitive digital high resolution air pressure sensor that can measure the air pressure difference even on only 3 feet change on elevation !. that means you can calculate the Altitude from the sea level without GPS and even more accurate than the GPS!

Hi resolution air pressure sensor
Hi resolution air pressure sensor
Gyro + Accelerometer + Altimeter
Gyro + Accelerometer + Altimeter

Micro-SD Memory:    

CulBox has a Micro-Sd memory socket to use high capacity memory cards as a high speed memory as a storage. it can be useful for applications such as a Music Player, Audio Recorder and/or any application that needs storage.

SD Memory
SD Memory
Board front view
Board front view

Audio Output:     

CulBox has an Audio output jack that can be used for headphones or to be connected to the speaker amplifier or any other audio device. it can be used to generate signals with the microcontroller or to play music from the SD card. samples codes are available for the backers. watch the video below to hear rhe sound quality.

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Built-in Piezo:

CulBox has a built in Piezo to make short beep sounds or even play ring melodies. the Piezo is connected to the PWM pin directly so the user have complete access to that. here in this video you can see a melody is playing with CulBox using the Piezo

Piezo Speaker
Piezo Speaker
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Alarm clock with CulBox
Alarm clock with CulBox

Built in Microphone:

There is a very tiny microphone on CulBox board which is connected directly to the microcontroller so you can use it to record audio or use Arduino libraries to detect voice commands such as clapping hands or snapping like the picture below:

Recording Audio
Recording Audio
Voice Command Detection
Voice Command Detection
Board rear view
Board rear view

Battery and Power:      

All of the devices used in CulBox are super low power and the whole device can last for months in standby mode with the 500ma battery. in sleep mode the battery can last up to years!

There is a smart battery fuel gauge chip used in CulBox to make it easy to monitor the battery charge level all the time even when the device is off.

A built in charger chip can charge the device from the USB port or a wall charger in one hour.

Battery
Battery

Multi-Purpose USB Port:      

The USB port on CulBox is a Multi Purpose port that can be used for charging the internal battery, connecting the device to Arduino for programming, acting as a serial port to communicate with terminal software or debug the code.

We have made several prototypes with different mechanical and electrical designs and the final revision is ready for production with your help.

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Assembling the first working prototype
First 3d printed prototypes
First 3d printed prototypes
First fully assembled prototype(rear view)
First fully assembled prototype(rear view)
First fully assembled working prototype
First fully assembled working prototype
Fully Assembled first prototype with the BMP file on screen
Fully Assembled first prototype with the BMP file on screen

Risks and challenges

The electronic designs are already done.
We made several prototypes and fixed all the issues on the final version so far, although we are still working on it to make it as best as we can.
the mechanical design is moving forward we have made 3 different designs so far. 3D printed some different prototypes with different colors and we are still trying to make it as small and beautiful as possible.
We thing every thing is on the track and we will try to produce and ship CulBox sooner than our dead line.

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