I am thinking of making a smartwatch using a Raspberry Pi/Arduino (Zero W if I use a Raspberry Pi). Is it possible to put an OS such as Tizen on it so that I can turn it into a smartwatch? (Anything OS which works with IOS is fine) If not how can I make a custom Linux OS which would allow me to program it in such a way that this is possible?


  • Maybe not such a great idea. Historically, there was once a Linux distro called 'Pebble', and they had (one of) the very first "smart watches" that IIRC, was built on their OS. I think Pebble has been "reincarnated", but here's an issue: pi=ARM, pebble=X86 (different architecture). Not impossible of course, but a big project. – Seamus Apr 7 '19 at 18:15

You will not be able to run Tizen on raspberry. It's a propritary OS.

You can create a linux image for Raspberry with something like Buildroot. It's a tool which create image with a linux kernel and an initramfs. But its not easy to create/personalise and you will need some good known about programming.

  • Could I put Asteroid OS on it? – Roxiun Apr 8 '19 at 0:47
  • Yes, it could be possible. But you will need to make a port for it.It will not be easy. Asteroid OS is based on OpenEmbedded which is based on an linux OS. So in theory you can. asteroidos.org/wiki/openembedded – Romain Albouy Apr 9 '19 at 13:01

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