The Motorola Advisor is an iconic piece of wearable technology.
The original Advisor, released in 1990, was among the first pagers to provide alphanumeric messaging—up to four lines of text with up to 20 characters per line. It could be set to receive not only individual pages but also up to three additional group pages. It also included an alarm clock function. It was compact, measuring 18.5 by 55 by 81 millimeters, and ran on a single AA battery.
With a full four directional D-pad, select and escape keys, an additional power button, LED, piezo beeper, vibration motor and a not insignificantly sized display, one ought to be able to create a sweet portable device with it.
My initial thinking was to re-use all component, but replace the CPU with an ESP32 or something similar.
Upon tear down, I am thinking let's see if we can design a PCB specifically for this project, and Tindie it, so anyone can build their own Motorola Advisor 2022 and use it for whatever they want.
PSA: This will be the first time I design a PCB. Any help will be appreciated.