This is The Raspberry Pi Smartwatch Using Windows 98

A user has created a Smartwatch with Windows 98 as an operating system, and has explained in his blog the steps he has taken so that anyone can do it. Raspberry Pi Smartwatch size and design make it not a device that you are going to take to the street, but it seems a project appropriate for these times of technological nostalgia.

This curious smartwatch has been created by the user of Reddit: LordofBone, who has shared in this community a blog post explaining what the process has been. The fundamental hardware to get it has been a Raspberry Pi, since after installing Windows 98 on it decided to go further and create a wrist wearable with it.

“I’ve always had a weakness with Windows 98, even though it brings me back to the madness of days with my old Pentium II system with 64 MB of RAM and using some awful graphics,” says the author. “But on top of that I love wearables and nowadays I have the ability to do things like this. So I thought, would not it be ridiculous and awesome to have Windows 98 on my wrist?”

Raspberry Pi Smartwatch: A project for everyone

Raspberry Pi Smartwatch Windows 98 OS

On its website, LordofBone also explains in detail what are all the materials needed to create this wearable, and gives links to be able to buy each of them, from the housing to the touch screen of 2.4 inches, passing through a battery of 1000 MAh, a circuit to charge it or physical buttons to perform different actions.

To put Windows 98 in the Raspberry Pi only had to follow a guide published two years ago in official forums, and then go slowly joining all the pieces to compose his wristband and configuring the operating system to make use of them. If you are a creator and want to replicate the experiment, your blog explains all the steps and commands to perform and enter to get to this point.

The end result is significantly more robust than the time a user put Windows 95 in an Apple Watch, but it is another proof of the infinite possibilities offered by a Raspberry Pi. LordofBone has said in Reddit that for the moment he has only run a screensaver and the minesweeper, but has ensured that his next project is to install Doom and be able to throw a few games in his nostalgic wearable over the next few days.

MiJia Walkie-Talkie FM Radio From Xiaomi Launched

What Xiaomi dare to show new devices is not a surprise, because of their famous smartphones, its product range significantly expanded, where we saw from electric scooters to folding bikes. But today they are bringing a new product category: Walkie-Talkie.

Xiaomi presents the Mijia Walkie-Talkie, a communications device where the Chinese company bets on design and a wide range of features, all at an attractive price. We know the details.

Xiaomi Mijia Walkie-Talkie

MiJia Walkie-Talkie With Radio FM

They are equipped with a wide network compatibility UHF and VHF (136-174 MHz and 403-) 470 MHz) as well as lock channels for private calls. With this guarantee that it can be used in remote places, for example in cities, where the saturation of the radio signals is.

It comes with support for FM radio, so you can always be present in any available transmitter, plus it has a feature to share our position, which can either be sent to another walkie-talkie or a smartphone through an application.

The most attractive point is that of autonomy, since Xiaomi will charge your battery after us constant use of almost 17 hours, but if you increase the power saving mode this autonomy will be increased to eight days. According to the specifications, the battery is charged from 0 to 100 in just three hours, and thanks to its USB C connector is compatible with a wide range of chargers and even external batteries.

As is customary in Xiaomi, this walkie-talkie only sold in China, whose price is over $36 and is not specified whether it contains one or two devices, as well as no news of an international availability.

Xiaomi has been adding many devices to its portfolio in the past few months. While the company is widely known for its affordable smartphones which are sold around the world, Xiaomi is popular in China due to its Mi Home products sold under the MiJia brand. Its Mi Home ecosystem contains a wide variety of products including rice cookers, air purifiers, security cameras and even a robot vacuum cleaner. The company also recently invested in multiple startups which sell their products under the Xiaomi brand.

Nikon Wants to Get Out of Its Crisis by Leaving Adventures Behind

There are large communities of users supporting the main brands; Many live day by day as if they were part of it. It is comprensible if we understand that they are products that invest in accessories and goals that are inherited over time to new cameras. The money spent makes one be quite loving of what he has, and if above it works, as affiliation grows.

I say it works because I do not think there are many people discontent in different communities, almost all formats and systems offer great quality, and it will depend on the use and the skill of each one that the thing works out, or not so well . The competition more than ever is good in this world, so I personally want them to be all brands tightening to get the best technological and practical level possible. Nikon is not the brand that is best, and we wanted to try to understand what happens.

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Competition is the best thing that can happen in a market. That Nikon is in full health is vital, but he has to prioritize what he knows best

In a market that moves between amateur and professional, Nikon or Canon users are clearly the most numerous, but no less warriors or with more arguments than other well-formed groups.

We have names like Pentax, in a line similar to the first ones, or Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic, embraced to the cameras without mirror, but with a previous baggage that has made them maintain a large number of followers.

The biggest threat for all the mentioned players is Sony, on two levels. First, by selling products across the line of the catalog possible, from the simplest compact to the professional camera. Secondly, by being the leaders in the development and manufacture of sensors, it is the brain and heart of most cameras that make almost all of the aforementioned names. Especially at Nikon.

The news already has a few days, although it smelled of a long time: the compact DL of Nikon will not come to the market. It’s funny, a bit of the market that seems to work relatively well and in which almost all brands want to have their hands on, and Nikon gets out. Canon and Sony are left with one less competitor in this field.

We speak of domestic cameras with aspirations to more, thanks to a great construction and design, good optics, and sensor of an inch. They were announced in January 2016 and appeared in online stores, but since then there has been no news so far that they tell us that they will no longer exist.

The official reason is the fall of the market and the costs of the production of the cameras. Is the reason really there? Possibly, but it is also necessary to introduce the fact that all the sensors of those cameras will be made by Sony, who already has enough work with his, and has not been a year especially good for the production in Kumamoto, plant that is Was affected by the earthquake.

Speculation and dependencies aside, what is a reality is that Nikon will work well their low and medium range SLR cameras, in addition to having a major presence in the professional sector (one step behind Canon here). So if the bills are wrong, better bet on the laying hens.

Nikon has not looked at the ceiling at this time, in addition to evolving its cameras in 2016, getting portents like the D500 – possibly the best APS-C -, or the Nikon D5, has also been getting into new adventures.

Never better, since you have been trying with action cameras like the KeyMission, which unfortunately have had a regular reception. If it already costs GoPro and Sony to struggle with so much Chinese gear, arriving and kissing the saint seems complicated.

There are a couple of recent points in the history of Nikon that we should not ignore to understand their accounts. The first is a widespread failure that was with a star model such as the D600 – they had to make a D610 -, and the other is the malfunctioning of some promising cameras in concept like the Nikon 1 family: fast, mirrorless, and compact, But they did not like it.

Nikon Wants to Get Out of Its Crisis

Since November 2016 we had already recorded that Nikon was going to prioritize in their large cameras, so the previous point – the death of the DL – we almost took it for granted. But there was also a period of changes and restructurings.

More than 1,500 employees were going to start working on the reflex cameras of the house and elements associated with them; The idea is to reinforce points where they can make a difference, such as the creation of objectives. There were talk of 1,000 layoffs, but more than drastically reducing what was really being offered was a voluntary retirement.

This restructuring announced in November last year was to reduce annual costs by 190 million, and curiously was going to last several years and start taking into account from February 2017, just now.

What is the last thing we know? As Nikon itself has made a statement in its home market – in perfect Japanese – in which we confirm more or less that: the company prioritizes in the high-end DSLR, the objectives, and begin to look more at the cameras without mirror. There are no plans to close plants, and there is some interest to get some high-end compact, but not a family Nikon DL style.

That is what I would like it to be, a moment of transformation and that the company will find a better place. Neither are the accounts catastrophic, but it is true that the last nine months have been losses, many of them have to do with the restructuring.

From my point of view Nikon does well not getting to fight with compact that Sony and Canon have more than controlled, in fact the first is the one that would have to do the sensors to Nikon, with the corresponding dependence.

Besides, what difference would they make there? They would make a good product, but as Nikon himself states: they have to be where they can print value.

And value has its history, this year marks 100 years of life and for the lucky ones who are in Tokyo from April 4 to July 1, will be able to see an exhibition with 40 prototypes. We find it interesting to comment on this since many of them are cameras that never came to production. Like the Nikon DL.

These cameras were created to test new functionalities and technologies, and comprise from the 40s to the 80s. The most outstanding thing is to know the prototypes that ended up giving life to some of the most famous products of the house, the Nikon F and F3.