Posted November 27th, 2013 by dale
The range of things that have been enabled but the current combination of (relatively) easy code and inexpensive components continues to surprise/amuse me.
The item of the moment is the Oscilloscope Wristwatch from Gabotronics:
http://www.gabotronics.com/oscilloscopes/oscilloscope-watch.htm shown in the attached picture.
Not only a dual channel scope, but an ARB (arbitrary function generator), a simple logic analyzer and and protocol sniffer, on your wrist, for $150 (shipping next summer) but based on existing, slightly larger, hardware.
A while back (1998 or so)I was similarly blown away by the Hewlett-Packard hand-held, three bit logic probe Hewlett Packard E2310A (currently listed as obsolete at: (http://www.home.agilent.com/en/pd-1000002632%3Aepsg%3Apro-pn-E2310A/adva...) for only $800 or so. It was an awesome tool in it's day.
The second attached picture shows Jay Ardai, Mark Rognstad, and myself debugging a timing interface in the SCAMP system on the USS Hawkbill during SCICEX '99 in the high Arctic.