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The Solder : Time II is the latest version of Spikenzie Labs' Solder:Time watch kit. This new version is even more hackable than ever. The onboard microcontroller in this model is the very popular ATmega328P used in many of the current versions of Arduino. In fact, you can reprogram your watch using the same Arduino IDE software that you use for a regular Arduino!
The Solder:Time II is different from the original Solder:Time in many ways. The display has been upgraded to a set of four 5x7 LED matrix modules. This gives you control of a 7x20 matrix for a total of 140 LEDs! The new LED matrix allows for an amazing amount of information to be displayed; aside from the current time... The date, month, words, scrolling messages, graphics, special characters ... the possibilities are endless. It also comes with a piezo buzzer for the alarm function, but you can use it to add sounds to your custom programming and games.
Much like the original Solder:Time, the Solder:Time II comes to you as a PTH kit. There are SMD parts already soldered to the board when you get it, so don't worry about trying to solder those tiny lead-spacings. The body of the watch is still a "stacked acrylic" construction, but some changes have been made to make the watch sturdier and easier to assemble.
Note: Due to the requirements of shipping the battery in this kit, orders may take longer to process and therefore do not qualify for same-day shipping. Additionally, these batteries can not be shipped via Ground or Economy methods to Alaska or Hawaii. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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I bought it as a gift. Therefore, I was expecting a slightly nicer package. Instead, received a plastic baggie with no instructions or packaging whatsoever. As I wanted to give it to someone who hasn't heard of your product, I had to dig information on your website myself, look up instructions on how to assemble (which are not even available in nice downloadable form, by the way) and print it myself. Please consider that your product is promoted on many sources as cool gift idea, so maybe try to make it more gift-friendly. He hasn't assembled it yet so can't comment on product quality yet.
I have probably a hundred watches, and this one is a favorite. Lots of nice comments from people I meet.
I enjoyed putting this kit together, it worked the first time and was a simple, fun project.
The instructions are pretty good, fairly clear and in color. There aren't any major discrepancies or spots where things weren't clear.
The wrist strap is pretty lame, it's why I don't currently bother wearing this thing, and I'm thinking about ways to make a better strap out of leather.