Cinnamon ][ Lessons Learnt From Launching A Kickstarter Product
Cinnamon II The Ultimate Retro Smartwatch Kickstarter Project.
The Cinnamon II is an Apple® ][ compatible wrist watch. It’s features 32k of memory and a 1 Mhz MOS6502 virtual machine. It achieves hardware compatibility with the early 1977 and 1979 machines. It includes an Applesoft compatible BASIC interpreter, a MicroSD emulated drive and an onscreen keyboard display for user interactions.
The inspiration for the project came from Aleator777’s incredible Instructables project and my previous work on emulating the Apple ][ hardware on low speed embedded platforms. It also represented a fantastic opportunity for me to work with the ultra low power ARM Cortex microcontrollers.
This post is going to focus on the lessons I learnt while developing the Cinnamon II and what it takes to get a hardware product onto Kickstarter as a maker.
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