MAKERphone Ringo - The Educational DIY Smartphone
DIY Mobile Phone Kit - This stylish little educational device is an open source mobile phone that you can build yourself. It is compatible with all mobile networks, and its purpose is to motivate people to explore, learn and create something new in a fun and interesting way. Age:+11
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Description of Ringo - The Educational DIY Smartphone:
This stylish little educational device is an open source mobile phone that you can build yourself. It is compatible with all mobile networks, and its purpose is to motivate people to explore, learn and create something new in a fun and interesting way. Age:+11
Who is this kit for?
In our experience, an 11 year old should be able to assemble the Ringo kit with a little help from an adult. The estimated construction time is about 5 hours, but building the Ringo kit is just the beginning!
After assembly, you will spend many hours creating your own games, apps and experimenting with hardware.
What you will learn with Ringo
- how to solder correctly
- What are the basic electronic components and what are their functions?
- What are microcontrollers and some basic concepts of digital electronics?
- how to program a microcontroller in C++, Python and others
- how a basic mobile phone work
Ringo has a multitude of components
As if it were a real mobile phone, you can use its loudspeaker, microphone, colour screen, buttons, joystick, jack, numeric pad and so on!
Colour screen, ideal for your games
Ringo is hackable
Ringo is based on an ESP32 microcontroller compatible with Arduino. It is therefore compatible with many hardware expansion modules. Ringo was meant to be hackable, so it is fully customisable.
A dedicated graphical code editor similar to Scratch or Code.org. Getting started with coding and programming has never been easier!
CircuitOS is our custom operating system built on top of FreeRTOS. It currently only runs on this CircuitMess Ringo DIY mobile phone, but is planned to be ported to all current and future CircuitMess products. Learn more here.
Ringo has a construction guide
CircuitMess Resources is a place for Ringo users to share their creations, exchange knowledge and download software created by others, as well as a collection of tutorials, guides and more. Check it out here.
Ringo ♥ Arduino
Both we and Ringo love Arduino. Ringo is based on an ESP32 microcontroller compatible with Arduino.
Therefore, it can be programmed in Arduino IDE (based on C/C++), the most popular programming environment for makers.
Check the specifications of the Ringo - The educational DIY Smartphone:
- ESP32 with Xtensa dual-core LX6 32-bit microprocessor, running at 160MHz and performing up to 600 DMIPS.
- 4MB of on-board flash memory + 520kB of SRAM.
- 1.8″, 160*128px full colour (RGB 16bit).
- Default refresh rate of 25FPS, up to 50FPS.
- Digitally controllable backlight level.
- Dedicated 10-bit DAC (TFA9882).
- Multi-channel WAV playback.
- 2W Class D audio amplifier, 3.5mm audio jack, 1W speaker, software volume control.
- 4-way analogue joystick, 12-button numeric keypad, A (confirm), B (back), 4 multi-purpose addressable buttons.
Micro SD card socket
- FAT and FAT32 compatible.
- Each console comes with a 4GB Micro SD card with Ringo compatible games and applications preloaded.
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth v4.2 BR/EDR and BLE integrated.
- SIM800L or SIM7600 (the thing that calls other people) dedicated cellular network coprocessor.
- Micro SIM card slot.
- LiPo 3.7V 1300mAh, charged via micro USB B port.
- Enough for approximately 3 days of normal use.
RTC (real time clock)
- DS1307 RTC accurate and integrated in I²C: this thing keeps time and takes care of alarms.
- 8 individually controllable RGB LEDs mounted on the back of the phone - for signalling and cosmetic purposes (it glows!).
- Ringo circuit board - the main board that connects all components into a uniform device that can function as a mobile phone.
- Ringo casing: multiple acrylic sheets cut with the power of a laser. They protect the insides and give Ringo this elegant look and feel
- 128*160 full colour TFT LCD - for playing games, displaying phone numbers and everything else
- GSM module - a small module responsible for all things related to calls and text messages to other people
- Main microcomputer module - a dual-core processor with integrated Wi-Fi, BLE and charging circuitry
- Sound module: a board with a DAC (digital-to-analogue converter) chip and a headphone jack for music playback (responsible for ring tones, alarms and game sound effects)
- Amplifier module: emits loud buzzes, beeps and bangs.
- Sticky Antenna: for excellent phone signal (e.g. for texting in the bathroom)
- 4 GB Micro SD card: preloaded with games and apps
- A pouch with other small electronic components