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WSodr
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Building a SmartWatch with Intel Edison

Hello everybody,

I`m trying to construct a smartwatch using the intel edison board, a spartkfun base block and a sparkfun battery block, the problem is, I don`t know how can I do it.

My first idea was to install debian in the intel edison, but it crashed all the times I tried, when I flashall it, I got an error in the part "flashing rootfs", the cmd simply skip this part, and when I boot the Intel Edison after it, it starts the Yocto Project and it fails loading the kernel.

I don't care for using the Yocto Project, but I need a graphic interface, like a desktop for the smartwatch, from there I could buid some simple softwares.

My first option for the smartwatch was android or windows, but as far as I know is impossible.

So, what shold I do?

Another thing, I bought a SPI display with touch screen for the SmartWatch, but it haves 8 pins, and my sparkfun base block just have one hole for it! how do I connect them?

So, this is it, all problems that I have. Since know I thank you for the help.

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Pablo_M_Intel
Employee
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Hi WagnerSodre,

If you want to use Debian you should contact the support team at EmutexLabs or Github. As far as the Yocto image, you shouldn't have the any issue with this one. Are you able to boot with the Yocto image? It's not clear for me from what you posted. Also, the Edison is not intended to have a graphical interface. About Android and Windows, the supported image is the Yocto one, so you can try it but we haven't tested that before.

Regarding the SPI display, could you please tell us which one it is? When you say "one hole", which hole of the Sparkfun Base block are you referring to?

I would suggest you to take a look at the Edison Compute Module Hardware Guide, there you'll find which pins are used for SPI. http://www.intel.com/support/edison/sb/CS-035274.htm Intel® Edison Boards — Compute Module Hardware Guide.

Regards,

PabloM_Intel

AClar15
New Contributor I
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Seeed make a wearable Edison smartwatch kit -

You could have a look at what this kit offers - the source is all open so you could look see what they have used to get their display working

- the wiring will look different as they use flat cable connectors - but they look to be all regular i2c and gpio controlled parts apart from that.

http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/Xadow-Wearable-Kit-For-Intel-Edison-p-2428.html http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/Xadow-Wearable-Kit-For-Intel-Edison-p-2428.html

WSodr
Novice
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Hello @PabloM_Intel,

Ok...Yes, I'm able to boot with Yocto. I know that the only image supported officially is the Yocto, however, Debian works, I thought that others goods OS could work too. I already saw a person using the debian graphic interface in the Edison, I was trying to do the same.

I said one hole, but I don't know if use just one really, was a guess. I'm not understanding how I connect a normal SPI display with pins, with the base block, that is made with holes.

Hello Ozmo,

Thank you for the advice, but I already bought another display, that's the problem. How can I connect a normal SPI display in the SparkFun Base block? The Base block is like the intel edison's mini breakout.

Thank you all for ther help

Regards,

Wagner Sodré.

Pablo_M_Intel
Employee
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Hi WagnerSodre,

If you look at the Base Block specifications in here https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/sparkfun-blocks-for-intel-edison---base-block- https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/sparkfun-blocks-for-intel-edison---base-block-, you can see that it doesn't have access to the SPI ports. So you would need another block to get access to the SPI interfaces. I would suggest you to check the rest of the blocks available to determine which is the most suitable for your purposes, https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/tags/edison?_ga=1.240552579.1428923763.1422453583 https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/tags/edison?_ga=1.240552579.1428923763.1422453583.

Regards,

PabloM_Intel

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