The Apple Watch looks to be an impressive piece of gear—it’s sleek and attractive, and offers plenty of interesting and useful features. But if you’re looking for something a little more old-school, might we suggest the Apple II Watch?
The DIY Apple II Watch comes from the mind of Instructables user Aleator777, and it takes design cues from the classic Apple II computer. A bulky, beige, 3D-printed plastic shell replaces the modern metal-and-glass enclosure of Apple’s real-life offering, and a Teensy 3.1 microcontroller acts as the Apple II Watch’s brains.
Aleator777 used a 1.8-inch LCD as the screen, but in true Apple II form, it displays everything in black and green. As for the band, there are no Milanese loops or sport bands here—just a simple beige woven wristband.
It’s an impressive DIY project that does a good job at capturing the feel of late 70s technology. And if you’re feeling ambitious, you can built it yourself—just head on over to Aleator777’s Instructables page for more photos and a full tutorial, plus the required 3D model files for use with a 3D printer.
This story, "Forget the Apple Watch—here's the Apple II Watch" was originally published by Macworld.