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EZ430-Chronos Unboxing and Demonstration

About a month ago Texas Instruments started their so called TI Deals – “A cool new way to get discounted tools and kits from Texas Instruments”
The service is an advertising stunt by Texas Instruments which lowers the price of some of their development tools in a specific period.

The first product to be lowered in price were their EZ430-Chronos watch. A watch with their CC430 MCU inside with wireless connectivity.

The regular price for the watch was $49.00, though as it being the first product in their new “TI Deals”, the product were sold for $24.50 – 50% off! Including free shipping.
An extremely cheap price for a good looking watch (maybe a bit big) with developer possibilities. So I decided to get myself one – and luckily for me I ordered one in time, as they went out of stock pretty fast!

The watch contains the following features

  • 3-Axis Accelerometer (VTI CMA3000 Series)
  • Pressure Sensor (VTI SCP1000 Series)
  • Temperature Sensor (Built in to CC430F6137)
  • Battery/Voltage Sensor (Built in to CC430F6137)

The watch did also come with a JTAG programmer board and a wireless dongle – so you can program it yourself in both IAR and CodeStudio and upload it wirelessly to the watch, or program/debug using the JTAG programmer.

You can read more about the specific functions, how to get started and see different projects made with the watch, at the following link: http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/EZ430-Chronos?DCMP=Chronos&HQS=Other+OT+chronoswiki

I decided to make a video of the unboxing and testing of the new watch. Please enjoy, and do not hesitate commenting.

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  1. February 16th, 2012 at 13:01 | #1

    Nice Video and explanation!

    I have just ordered for this watch. I have seen the video for controlling windows mouse using accilerometer. Can I have that source code. Or will be available in Ti Software application?


  2. February 16th, 2012 at 13:13 | #2

    and I also one more thin, Is possible use this watch in to find out the speed while racing or running after wearing into hand?
    I’m not sure but I think using accelerometer is might be possible.

    Please let me know if it is possible.

    Great Thanks once again

  3. February 16th, 2012 at 21:03 | #3

    The mouse demonstration source code and PC program can be found on the TI Wiki page of the Chronos watch: http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Chronos_Flying_Mouse

    The watch might be able to determine the number of steps you take when running, but the problem is that you might be swinging your arms too which can interfear.
    So instead you should buy the Heart Monitor belt which includes an accelerometer too. This belt connects wirelessly to the watch, and then thru the demo-applications that comes with the watch, you will then also be able to measure your running distance.

    Best Regards
    Thomas Jespersen

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