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Tag Archives: Watches

This Is An Atomic Watch, Really

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There’s really nothing quite like the National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) new F2 atomic clock when it comes to precision in time-keeping; at most it’ll be off by one second… every 300 million years. And while the watch you’re looking at above isn’t quite as precise, it is powered by the same kind of mechanism behind the NIST-F2. It’s called The Cesium 133 and as the name implies, uses the precise decaying properties of the Cesium-133 isotope to keep an extremely accurate track of time. It’ll lose a second every 1,000 years, which should be enough to keep you punctual within your lifetime, and a few generations down.

Of course no one really needs this kind of precision, but for the geeks out there it’s a fun piece of technology to wear on your wrist. You likely won’t be able to get one though, since it looks like only 10 are being made. It’s probably a good thing too since you’d have had to spend $6,000 to get one.

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Classic Arcade Wristwatch Misses The Mark By A Hair

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This is a watch that looks like a miniature arcade cabinet strapped to your wrist. It’s got the PEW! PEW! sounds and flashing lights, but what it doesn’t have is a working game. Unfortunately. The joystick is decorative and the button causes the thing to flash and make some sounds, but there’s no gaming to be had. With the size of modern LCD screens and chipsets, it seems at least a rudimentary game could have been included, but, well, there isn’t one. Still, $60 isn’t much to ask for a dork’s delight.

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The Faceless Durr Watch Vibrates Every 5 Minutes

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Ever feel like time just flew by? Like, the whole day just passed you by and you have no idea where the hours went! The Durr watch is a curious investigation into our perceptions of time, and it does this by simply vibrating once every 5 minutes. It doesn’t do anything else. It specifically doesn’t tell you time. Instead, what you get is a haptic rhythm by which you’ll be able to get a new perspective on the passage of time.

Time perception is our subjective understanding of how fast time passes. Our ability to accurately estimate durations depend on a range of factors. With Durr you become aware of how your brain alters the length of a bus ride, how fast you finish a beer, how time flies by when you enjoy yourself, and drags along when you wait in line at the post office.

Aside from becoming better acquainted with the workings of your inner mind, there isn’t much utility to the Durr Watch. But it’s an interesting concept nonetheless. At $120 a piece, it’s not outrageously priced, although you’ll have to get in line for the 2nd batch, since the first run of 50 has already sold out.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Archos Releases Smartwatches For Techies on a Budget

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If you’re keen on buying a smartwatch but haven’t found one with the features that you want in the budget that you’ve allocated for it, then you might want to check out the offerings from Archos. The brand is known for manufacturing discount electronics, and this time they’ve got their sights set on affordable smartwatches.

Their lowest-priced offering is priced at $50 and will feature a 1.55-inch black-and-white LCD screen. That’s not so bad, considering that it’ll come with a good-enough battery life of close to two weeks. Second in line is the $100 model, which will sport a color LCD screen but will only come with two days of battery life. The priciest one they’re offering, which is priced at $129, will come with a curved E-ink display and a week-and-a-half long battery life.

The smartwatches are compatible with both Android and iOS devices and will be released this summer.

 

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Original Grain Watches Are Gorgeous – A Hands-On Opinion

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Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But I’ve had an Original Grain watch for the last week or so and I have to say, it’s one of the most outstanding timepieces I’ve owned. It doesn’t have any high-tech features, but it does have one of the most eye-catching wooden constructions I’ve come across. The combination of matte black metal with wooden elements plays off wonderfully, and it’s nice to know the face is protected with solid sapphire crystal, as opposed to glass. This means it’s pretty much scratch resistant. They don’t do much more than tell time, but will attract attention and I think they’re definitely worth the roughly $200 investment. They come in Indian Rosewood, Maple, and Green Sandalwood flavours, and are water resistant. However, given the fact that wood is used, extended exposure may end up damaging the material so try not to abuse their water-resisting abilities.

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LEGO Is Going To Make Watches For Adults

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Even though they already have a line of watches for kids, LEGO has announced they’ll complement that range with one made for grown-ups. Now everybody knows there’s no such thing as grown-ups, but only kids wearing big boy pants. So we wouldn’t be surprised to see some vigorous interest in these. Ranging in price from $85 to $185, these watches will have the added benefit (much like the ones made for kids) of having wristbands that disassemble and mix-and-match with those of other LEGO timepieces. This means that if you own more than one, you can further customize it… though if you get to the point where you’re buying two of these just so you can screw around with the wristbands, you clearly fall in the “too much money” category. Or “serious, serious LEGO aficionado.”

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Awesome Ring-Worn Clock Could Be Real, Isn’t Yet

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Here’s to hoping that an ambitious crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo not only reaches its funding goals, but that the product in question turns into reality even if funding is met (which is not always guaranteed). It’s called the Ring Clock, and is meant to be a time telling device worn on one of your fingers. It allegedly uses “ultra-thin mono-color LEDs” and a “6mAh, ultrathin rechargeable lithium polymer battery” to display the time at the twist of its body. The battery, though small, would be enough to give the ring one week of autonomy. Charging would be done wirelessly, through induction using the Qi standard and would involve nothing more than placing it on a charging plate. It’s an eye catching product, which would be sure to start several conversations at parties and altogether make you look like an Alpha geek.

But here’s the rub. The company is seeking $287,400 in funding. So far, the only concrete thing they have is a work-in-progress prototype which appears to be nothing more than the external body with laser cut numerals. They admit that they will use a third of the funds to complete said prototypes… so we’re not even sure if the concept can actually be pulled off. We’re not informed of any track record they may have, and considering how ahead of its time it is, we’re worried that even if they manage to reach their goal, that the Ring Clock will never be successfully manufactured. Still, this is the nature of crowd funding: to give an opportunity to people to produce innovative products when they might not otherwise have fit traditional criteria for doing so. Let’s hope they pull it off. It’s an $185 pledge to get in line for yours, which might arrive in April 2014 if all goes well.

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Rumor Mill: Samsung to Launch the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch at IFA

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The competition between Samsung and Apple is fiercer than ever. It’s been rumored for months that Apple is working on a smart watch, but Samsung is working actively to beat them to the punch.

Sources say that Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch at their IFA press event, which will be held on September 4th. Apple is also said to be planning a press conference announcing the iWatch this September, but specifics on both events are not yet available or officially announced by either manufacturer.

Few details have been confirmed for the Galaxy Gear, but you can expect it to be compatible with Samsung’s wide range of smartphones and tablets.

VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Watch For The Blind Features Ball Bearings To Tell The Time

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Whether you’re unable to see or just have an aversion of looking down at your wrist, the Bradley watch will let you tell the time without ever even having to open your eyes; that’s why the makers want you to call it a timepiece, and not a watch. It uses two ball bearings to indicate the hours and minutes, one on the face and the other around the periphery, in special tracks. Magnets hidden inside put the ball bearings in the right place, so that all you have to do is touch your watch to know what time it is. The face features clearly textured hour markers to make it even simpler to find your way around. A $128 pledge to the Kickstarter campaign will get you one, with delivery in November.

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