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Someone made a Fallout-themed wristwatch, and a life-sized Pip-Boy could be their next project

Better yet, you can learn how to build one yourself
Last Updated on May 20, 2024
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It’s no secret by now that the popular Fallout TV series has reignited interest in Bethesda’s video game franchise. One area this has sparked creativity in is wearable tech, as any fan of the game will know about the Pip-Boy wristwatch computer. Well, Arnov Sharma is no stranger to creating interesting pieces of tech, as you’ll see from their Hackster profile page. What we’re interested in today though is a fantastic Fallout-inspired wristwatch, suitably named the Pip-Watch.

With this project done and dusted, they have even bigger plans: to create a life-sized Pip-Boy in the near future. While we wait though, anyone with a talent for DIY electronics should check out the step-by-step instructions that Arnov has kindly provided. Or you can just get back to playing the likes of Fallout 4 with your friends.

The Pip-Watch is a Pip-Boy-inspired wristwatch for Fallout fans

Arnov’s full Pip-Watch project can be found on this Hackster project page, with a full rundown on the build process to read through. They go on to share it via this short YouTube video if you want to see it in action. Its function is pretty basic, displaying the current time on a round OLED screen in a familiar green Pip-Boy theme. So, not quite the technological wonder from the game itself, but a neat design based on an icon of the Fallout series.

The final result is nothing short of impressive. Concluding the guide, Arnov writes: “All in all, this attempt was successful, and I will be preparing a life-size PipBoy soon”. That seems to be a more ambitious design, but we have full confidence in them seeing how the Pip-Watch turned out. Something that closely resembles the Pip-Boy 3000 is what fans will likely want to see.

Pip-Watch final product
Pip-Watch final product, image credit: Arnov Sharma

You can also build one yourself – instructions provided

One of the best things to come out of this project is that nothing is kept a secret. On the Hackster page, Arnov kicks things off by detailing the hardware involved and even where to buy it. Same goes for the software used:

  • DFRobot FireBeetle ESP32-E IoT Microcontroller with Header
  • GC9A01 Display
  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • 3D Printer

The post goes into great detail regarding the process, even providing the code used to print text onto the display. Each part of the process is documented with a useful video demonstration. Again, if you want to see this for yourself, click here.

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