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Tag Archives: Watches

This Smartwatch Looks Like A Regular Watch, But Isn’t

If you’re in a fancypants business meeting and you feel your phone vibrate in your pocket, it might be bad form to take it out to see what it is. If you’re wearing the above Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity watch, you can still know if it was a message, an email, a calendar event, or even a missed call. The timepiece syncs through Bluetooth 4.0 (the new low power Bluetooth profile) and a dedicated hand points to words inscribed all around the rim. A quick glance at your wrist is all you’ll need. Finally, if ever you misplace your phone, you can also use the watch to find it, playing a kind of “getting colder/hotter” game.

It’s an interesting idea, giving you a few useful techie features without appearing to do so in its design. The only issue is that Citizen expects you to pay around $550 for the privilege. If you’ve got that kind of disposable income, look for it this fall.

VIA [ DVice ] AND [ ABlogToRead ]

Slap Bracelets Sure Have Come A Long Way

Remember the 90′s? Yeah, neither do we. We did everything we could to erase them from memory, consciously repressing all the neon colours, the Dawson’s Creek characters and the dated music that we could. But some memories survived. The Slap Bracelets? Yeah, we have to admit those were kind of fun. So we’re happy to see them again, even if they look nothing like their 90′s counterparts. The Ritmo Mundo Reflex is a watch, albeit a fun-looking, LED-laden one. You have to make a tiny effort to tell the time, reading the time from three different banks of LEDs, but it’s really not that complicated. It is however much more expensive than the toys of 20 years ago: $150.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

These Watches Are Made Of Concrete

There are those who consider the urban environment to rival in beauty that of nature itself. The concrete jungle, with towers rising high above ground and complex angular lines crisscrossing one another in an amalgam of chaos and serenity dazzles even the casual onlooker, often in wonderment. It is perhaps with this background in mind that Dzmitry Samal created the above line of watches. They’re partly made of the essential bone, the fundamental atom and primal foundation of any metropolis: concrete. In this case, a special mix which is resistant to submersion up to 5 ATM (50 meters). The hands themselves are shaped like skyscrapers and on some models rotate on a background of atypical geometry that can evoke the image of a city. The glass is anti-reflective sapphire and the mechanism Swiss made.

As you can imagine, they’re not cheap. The eight models, named “One to Eight Dzimitry Samal” (as in One Dzimitry Samal, Two Dzimitry…), will be made in limited runs of 100 to 150 per model. And they’ll set you back a cool $1,200.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]

TokyoFlash Releases Kisai Online

By David Ponce

TokyoFlash, our favourite geeky, obtuse-timetelling watchmakers, have released yet another watch. This one is called Kisai Online, and features an accelerometer which is used to reveal the time. When your arm is down or doing anything but pointing the watch towards you, the face of the watch looks like nothing but a bunch of squiggly lines. But when you want to know what time it is, just turn it towards your face and parts of those lines will fall away to reveal digits. They’re fairly easy to read, though they do require a little getting used to. Press a button and the date appears; press it again and the alarm time shows up.

The watch is available in two colours of band (black and silver) and three colours of LCD (blue, red or natural). It’s $149 for the next 37hours, after which it’ll go up to $169.

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Dick Tracy Phone Watch For Kids Is Also Homing Beacon

By David Ponce

You want to be a good parent and like technology? Put the two together and make your own life easier. The above Mobile Phone Watch lets your kid make and receive calls, but also has a GPS module. Why? So you can know where they are at the press of a button. You can also set up a Bluetooth-based alert that will sound an alarm as soon as your kids wander off range. Also, you can set up a virtual “fence” that the kids are not supposed to exit; if they do, the watch will send you a text. Finally, there’s a panic mode button that will send the GPS coordinates to the parents along with an SOS message.

That’s a lot of functionality in a fairly cheap package: $80. The hard part will be to convince your kids to actually wear the thing.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ DVice ]

Wall Switch Click Watch

By David Ponce

We’ve made the point many times that the good old wristwatch is dying, at least as a timekeeping device. It seems to be finding a new home as an acceptable male wrist ornament however, and we enjoy the creative ways in which this is being done. The Wall Switch Click watch operates pretty much in the same way as a wall switch, with a rocking face that displays the time in one position and the date in the other. Simply flip between the two to activate the display and get a short dot-matrix LED animation before either metric is displayed. The rest of the time, the display is off. It’s a quirky looking watch that doesn’t break the bank: $99.

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Mutewatch Is Simple, Elegant Design


By David Ponce

Back in the early days of this website we liked to focus on nicely designed things; we used to try to find items at the intersection between consumer electronics and aesthetic perfection. Needless to say, it was hard to find enough things to write about. But to this day my eyes are drawn to simple and elegant lines. Like the ones on this watch. It’s called Mutewatch, most likely because it just looks like a lowly wristband until you activate it. It only gets better from there:

The Mutewatch is designed to be simple and intuitive. Just tap the flat surface and the touch screen lights up, then swipe through the functions clock, alarm and timer.

You set the time for your alarms by tapping directly on the digits – tap on the top of the digit for a higher number or on the bottom of the digit for a lower one. When you want to erase an alarm, simply pinch the touch screen.

The Mutewatch also features a built-in motion sensor. High levels of movement trigger an increase in the intensity of the vibrating alarm and a simple flick of your wrist activates the glowing display. So, whether you’re sleeping, on stage giving a presentation or doing your work out, the Mutewatch will keep you updated on your next step.

Sadly, like most things that have had a lot of thought and effort put into them, the price tends to be a little steep: $258. It is however available now and ships worldwide.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Tokyoflash Releases Kisai Uzumaki Watch

By David Ponce

You know we like us some Tokyoflash watches, with their obtuse time telling schemes and bright designs. We make a point to report on every new release and we’re pleased to announce Kisai Uzumaki, the sixth concept from a fan to become reality. Unlike most of the company’s watches however, this one doesn’t make it too hard to tell what time it is, instead focusing on its appearance. Uzumaki means whirlpool in Japanese and the timepiece aesthetic cues all revolve around this. Particularly striking is the “custom made acrylic lens, designed with concentric circles that descend from the edge of the case into the centre of the watch to create the appearance of a whirlpool.” Time is told simply, like a regular analog watch, with the hours on the outside and the minutes on the inside. The rotating hand indicates the seconds, for precise time telling.

It’s $99 for the next 44 hours, after which it goes up to $129.

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TicTocTrac Watch Can Tell The Time, And Also How You Perceive It

By David Ponce

There are those who believe that time is nothing but a human construct, an imaginary notion that only exists because we do. It’s a little metaphysical and we don’t know enough about the topic to weigh in either way, but we can attest to the fact that time definitely feels a lot more variable than it is. When you’re having fun, it just flies by, whereas second feels like an hour when you’re bored. The TicTocTrac watch is a project from a couple of students from Cornell University that not only tells time like a regular timepiece, it also lets you measure your own perception of its passing. The way this is done is by first activating the watch through a double tap gesture, at which point it will briefly flash a random number between 5 and 55. This is the amount of minutes you’re supposed to estimate, and you have to double tap the watch again when you think this amount has elapsed. The device will then tell you if you’re over or underestimated and by how much. You can also save this number to an SD card, allowing you to plot your performance over time.

The practical use of all this? None really, but it is interesting nonetheless. Not enough to make it a commercially available product though, so if you want in on the action, you’re going to have to build it yourself with the instructions found at the link below.

[ TicTocTract Watch Assembly Instructions ] VIA [ TheVerge ]