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CUPERTINO, California—September 9, 1984—Apple Computer Inc.® today unveiled Apple // watch™—its most personal device ever. Apple // watch introduces a revolutionary design and A BASIC USER INTERFACE created specifically for a smaller device. Apple // watch features A KNOB, an innovative way to SCROLL, without obstructing the display. The KNOB also serves as the RETURN button and a convenient way to PRESS RETURN. The CATHODE RAY TUBE display on Apple // watch features TEXT, a technology that ALLOWS YOU TO READ, providing a new way to quickly and easily access BASIC PROGRAMS. Apple // watch introduces a built-in VERY SMALL SPEAKER that discreetly enables an entirely new vocabulary of alerts and notifications you can HEAR. Apple Computer custom-designed its own 6502 PROCESSOR CUT IN HALF to miniaturize an entire computer architecture onto a PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD. Apple // watch also features TWO DISK DRIVES to pair seamlessly with your MAGNETIC STORAGE DISKS.

Pricing & Availability Apple //w will be available in early 1985 starting at $1299 (US). Apple // watch is compatible with Apple // or Apple // Plus, Apple /// or Apple /// Plus, Apple //c, Apple //e, Apple Lisa, and Macintosh running on ELECTRICITY.

Step 1: Anachronistic Objects: Designing a Device that Never Was

When I set out to design the Apple II watch, I originally planned to create a faithful tiny replica of the classic machine in a wrist-sized form factor. While researching the design I began to ask if I really just wanted to make a miniature, or something altogether new? I settled on the latter. The design would be a working* device, heavily inspired by the form factor of the full size computer, but it would also be an imaginative exploration of a wearable tech world that began long before we had the technology to do so in a meaningful way. Calculator watches are already, by definition, a wrist-worn computer, and are pretty neat, but there's just something so appealing about the idea a tiny wrist-worn CRT. I also wanted to push my new 3D modeling skills as well, so building a reasonable complicated enclosure was a fun challenge.

Does it run BASIC?

Although the MCU I'm using runs at a blistering (by early 1980's standards) 72 MHz , the watch functions are mostly parody of the modern Apple Watch. My version does keep and display the real time and date, the rest of the UI is mostly for fun. I considered spending the time to add a BASIC interpreter (either Woz's Integer Basic or perhaps Tiny Basic), but the return on my time would be diminishing. I spent about 3 weeks casually working on the case design and basic circuitry and another week on the graphics and software.

<p>This is incredible and has great significance to the maker community. I would buy this over the Apple watch and would wear it too! It would go well with my nixie watch.</p>
<p>Wow, I couldn't possibly ask for a nicer compliment. Thank you so very much. I'm deeply grateful you enjoy my watch. I think it would make an excellent companion too!</p>
<p>Dude, the guy who did the Apple ][ emulator got interested!!</p><p>I am certain you must be doing one of two things right now:</p><p>1) scratching your head &amp; thinking &quot;what have I gotten myself into?&quot;</p><p>2) jumping up &amp; down with excitement, thinking &quot;now I have GOT TO do this!&quot;</p><p>Please don't be doing the former for too long before you jump to the latter...</p>
Dude. You got The Woz himself giving you his seal of approval.<br>You got the people claiming. You got no excuse.<br>Suggestion: source out potential case makers for the watch, make deals with them, rework the electronics (may I suggest you implement the emulator? I will definately try this out on one of my UNOs), make this happen!<br>As a suggestion, you could offer it as a partial case kit (just case And maybe a wristband) a completely assembled watch And a completely finished case kit with wristband.<br>I would definately buy the case kit, And stuff it with a real Apple ][ emulated on Ardu&iacute;no.<br>
<p>Did you join Instructables just to comment on the Apple II Watch ?</p><p>You ROCK dude!</p>
<p>Nice job Aleator777. Very well thought out and explained!</p>
<p>Are the stl files based on INCH or MM (or CM)?</p>
<p>um hi i was wondering does this run on batteries? or is it charged? i can't tell by the parts list (probably because of my lack of research)</p><p> thanks ahead of time!</p>
<p>Could I buy one of this from you?</p>
<p>Looks really awesome. Like an item from an old sci-fi flick.</p>
<p>I'm having trouble uploading the Apple II Watch.ino Arduino file to the teensy 3.2. </p><p>Arduino: 1.6.7 (Mac OS X), TD: 1.27, Board: &quot;Arduino/Genuino Uno&quot;</p><p>/Downloads/AppleIIWatch/AppleIIWatch.ino:4:54: fatal error: Adafruit_GFX.h: No such file or directory</p><p> #include &lt;Adafruit_GFX.h&gt; // Core graphics library</p><p> ^</p><p>compilation terminated.</p><p>exit status 1</p><p>Error compiling.</p><p> This report would have more information with</p><p> &quot;Show verbose output during compilation&quot;</p><p> enabled in File &gt; Preferences.</p><p>Arduino comes up with the message 'compiling error'. Any suggestions? </p>
<p>Was this the same Apple II watch that was on PopSci?</p>
<p>Yes :)</p>
<p>build it and they will come.........</p>
<p>The best part is the AWESOME floppy disks and drives. They look EXACTLY like the real thing.</p>
<p>Amazing !!! Congratulations! You are a Genius !</p>
<p>Thank you so much!</p>
<p>Make them, Make Them Please someone do it, the drive could be micro SD, screen LCD please please do it, Crowd funding etc</p>
<p>This very talented fellow made a much more working Apple II watch after seeing mine : http://dpeckett.com/cinnamon-lessons-learnt-from-launching-a-kickstarter-product You should contact him. Enjoy!</p>
<p>Hmm. This 'watch' would be a bit too large for my wrist. I'm going to make it as a fob watch</p>
<p>This is amazing looks great hopefully I can bulid one of these one day</p>
<p>I want one! Its cool</p>
<p>Here is a wire run list I made for this project. I have all the parts wired and 99% working. I can't view any images on the watch because of a file not found error.</p>
<p>Mine is 99% done as far as electronics goes. I keep getting a file not found error when I click on any images. Im someone gets theirs to work I would sure like to know what I did wrong. I've verified the display works with another piece of code. I've double checked the wiring.</p>
<p>you should put this on sale .how much would it be if you were putting that apple II </p><p>watch on sale???I want to get the apple II watch !!!! it is sooo cool</p>
<p>wow great job love the idea of apple II watch !!! </p>
<p>I am wondering if it is okay that I ask about how much the whole prototyping, printing, and building costed? Also Where did you get the idea to do this?</p>
<p>I need to make one but I know of a 3d printing service called shapeways that can print the thing in high or low quality using nylon powder and lasers</p>
<p>If you are not selling this then I suppose you wouldn't mind if I sold the printed parts needed for this project in kits?</p>
<p>This is a great idea and project. Is there a wiring schematic or diagram available anywhere? It would be very helpful. Thanks.</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>What is the file structure on the SD card? I've got the images and sounds at top level but that doesn't seem to work.</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Dave</p>
<p>Hmm, that's strange. What size and brand SD cards are you using for the SOMOII and the LCD? On both the files should be in the root/top directory, no subfolders.</p>
<p>Its actually a 2GB sandisk. I tried a different SD just to be sure. I ran the serial debug. I cycled through the Apple II menus and I get a &quot;file not found&quot; for all the pics. I also noticed that the earth and butterfly filenames are not spelled correcctly, i.e. they arent what the Teensy code expects them to be. I corrected the spelling on the SD card but I still get a file not found. Can't figure it. </p>
<p>Its just the 4GB SD that adafruit includes with the display.</p>
<p>I've made a wire run list/schematic for this in Libre Office Draw. I used photos of the modules so it's easy to use. I've used it to wire up the project and so far as I can tell it's correct. What't the best way to link it to your project. Do I create an instructable with the document and just put a link in to yours?</p>
Harry Dierks. ...This is my son's creativity at work..My greatest gift to planet Earth!
<p>How much does it cost to make one?</p>
<p>How would the fitness section work if there are no HR monitors or bluetooth modules?</p>
<p>You should make these and make retro packaging and sell them, I'm sure Apple wouldn't have a problem unless your selling thousands of them. I bet people would pay up to $500 ea. for them. How about crowd funding???</p>
I want to make this so bad! I dont have a 3D printer but if I did I would totally make this. I love the idea for this. Incredible idea!<br>
Wow I love this so much! But sadly I can't make one. Can I buy one?
<p>are you.. a.. a.. wizard?</p>
<p>Shut up and take our money! </p>
<p>Put it up on kickstarter.com. Sounds like you have a lot of pre-sales.</p>
<p>So great to talk to you today about this awesome project! The interview is on the latest episode of RetroMacCast available here: <a href="http://retromaccast.ning.com/forum/topics/episode-363-apple-ii-watch" rel="nofollow">http://retromaccast.ning.com/forum/topics/episode-...</a></p><p>or in the iTunes podcast directory.</p>
<p>Wow, I will do this :))</p>

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