Waiting for my eZ430

Ordered one of Texas Instruments’ eZ430 Chronos kits. Thought it might make for an awesome toy development platform…

If you don’t know what i’m talking about, check the TI wiki here. In short, it:

– is a fully functional sports watch based on the CC430F6137, MSP430 with integrated 1GHz wireless transceiver
– is reprogrammable for custom wireless applications
– includes on-board 3-axis accelerometer, pressure sensor, temperature sensor, battery voltage sensor
– has a 96-Segment LCD display driven directly by CC430
– can be paired wirelessly with heart rate monitors, pedometers or other devices based on RF transceivers like the CC430 or CC1111
– includes an eZ430 USB emulator that connects the Chronos to a PC for real-time, in-system programming and debugging
– includes IAR Kickstart and Code Composer Studio integrated development environments
– is 30m waterproof on top of all that.

In short, it’s a development kit for TI’s CC430 MCUs, an interesting toy and an everyday useful gadget. People have done tons of interesting things with it so far: remotely controlled RC cars, robot arms and home appliances, used it as a code entry device for door locks, used it as a data logger…

In any case, should be an interesting platform to play with. Mine should be arriving tomorrow.

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