[Dick Tracy]’s Watch Gets Night Vision

After getting his hands on an Android-enabled wristwatch, [Paul] wanted to test the limits of his new hardware. We’ll assume he’s happy with his purchase because his finished build sends data from a Microsoft Kinect to his wristwatch, making it a night vision spy watch.

[Paul]’s new toy is a WIMM One Android wristwatch that comes complete with wi-fi and a copy of Android 2.1. To get night vision onto his watch, a Kinect on [Paul]’s desk streams depth data to his watch using OpenCV. The result is a camera that gathers depth data in the dark and sends it to [Paul]’s watch.

Whenever the movement of an intruder is detected, [Paul]’s watch vibrates and displays the depth image taken from the Kinect. If the intruder gets close to the Kinect, the face is picked up and also sent to the watch. To get the intruder out of the room, [Paul] can tap the face of his watch to turn on a remote alarm and sound an intruder alert. It’s a very neat project that would have been unimaginable a few years ago.

8 thoughts on “[Dick Tracy]’s Watch Gets Night Vision

  1. Amazing what can be done with today’s technology, can’t wait to see what the next few decades bring. (It is a shame the technology is scheduled to be purposely held back for the sake of profit but hopefully something will slip though)

  2. @Jorge indeed. Compared to my eZ430 chronos which can continuously operate a entire month from a single button cell. I know the hardware specs cannot be really compared but we are talking about wristwatches here!

    1. “Compared to my eZ430 chronos which can continuously operate a entire month from a single button cell.”
      operating with RF radio on, that is – I forgot to mention. I have mine for almost half an year and I didn’t replace the battery yet.

  3. The price of the watch is down to $200 on Amazon, but I won mine in a contest that Wimm Labs sponsored, for designing apps for it. They seem to be giving out tons of these watches right now, check the forum at Wimm Labs for the next app design contest.

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