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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.

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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 ]

QLOCKTWO W Watch Tells You The Time, In Words

By David Ponce

Tokyoflash isn’t the only company to make timepieces with obtuse time-telling schemes. But they certainly seem to be one of the most reasonably priced. The above QLOCKTWO W watch from Biegert & Funk is an interesting concept. It looks like it’s covered in a bunch of letters until you press a button on the side, at which point the time becomes illuminated in plain text. We’re not sure just how precise the scheme is, or if you’ll be confined to knowing the time in quarter hour increments. And we also don’t know the price just yet, although the company did release another product in the past (the QLOCKTWO alarm clock) that relieved its purchasers of a princely $650, so we expect the wristwatch to be in the same ballpark. Availability should be sometime this fall in German and English.

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Tokyoflash Releases Kisai On Air Acetate

By David Ponce

Another week, another design by Tokyoflash. This time it’s the fourth user-submitted concept to be made into a full watch. It’s called Kisai On Air Acetate and features a clean and minimal design that is somewhat a departure from the company’s flashier offerings. The way in which the time is read however is still somewhat novel, with the minutes and hours represented on the same “hand”; the position of the hand gives you the hour while the hand itself is made up of the minutes. The time on the picture above is 3:45.

Kisai On Air Acetate features touch screen technology and displays the time and date. It also has an alarm mode and animation.

The touch screen display has four hot-zones (top, bottom, left, right) which you can simply touch with your finger to change mode; time, date, alarm, light up.

Holding your finger in place for a few seconds allows you to customise; hold your finger over the alarm zone to set the alarm, hold it over the time zone to set the time. It’s intuitive, simple and fun to operate.

For the next 43 hours, shipping is free and the watch is $139, after which it’ll go back up to $159.

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The Devon Tread Watch Costs More Than A Reasonably Priced Car

By David Ponce

Geeky timepieces with obtuse time telling schemes, the likes Tokyoflash specialize in, are not the only kind we talk about at OhGizmo. We also enjoy a fine piece of engineering, one where aesthetics collides with astronomical prices to create a piece worth talking about, if not necessarily lusting after. The Devon Tread is just such a watch.

The exposed movement is a mesmerizing display of the patented interwoven system of conveyor belts. This series of belts includes critical elements that allow the optical recognition system to know every belt position at all times.

The Tread 1 Watch features four internal 2-micron thin belts that spin within the case to display the time. It’s powered by a lithium polymer rechargeable cell that is charged by wireless induction. This electric system runs the belts that are kept in tune with an optical technology. Add that all up, and you have one of the most technically advanced, visually stunning watches ever made.

Yeah, it’s pretty impressive. You can tell there’s a lot going on inside that watch, as you can see in the below video.

But is it worth $17,500? Really?

Fortunately, shipping is free.

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The Sudoku Watch Can Never Give You The Right Time

By David Ponce

The above watch is a concept over at Tokyoflash, and like some previous such concepts, it might one day make it to market. This one however seems to one-up all of the Japanese company’s designs in terms of unreadability. See, to tell the time, you actually have to solve a Sudoku puzzle: each missing digit is the time. So by the time you’ve solved it, it won’t even be the time it was when you started trying. We’re not sure at this point how they plan to deal with this, or even how long it can take to solve a Sudoku puzzle because numbers scare us. But you can head over to their design blog and give you input as it might actually affect whether and how the watch is developed.

[ Sudoku Watch Design Blog ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

TokyoFlash Releases Optical Illusion Watch

By David Ponce

Back in September on 2010, our favorite watchmaker put a concept up on their design blog. Fast forward 16 months and here it is in the market. It’s called the Optical Illusion watch and is inspired of course by any of these illusions that you see in print or online from time to time. You can train your eyes to see the time in puzzle mode (I tried, it works, but it’s hard) or you can press one of the four hotzones on the touchscreen display to reveal what the time is. There’s also a mode that cycles between puzzle and time mode every 20 seconds. This is meant to attract attention and get conversations started; this has sort of always been the point of a Tokyoflash watch. This one, like the others, doesn’t disappoint.

It’s $179 and for the next 33 hours, shipping is free.

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The Click Keypad Watch Is Not A Calculator

By David Ponce

You can add the Click Keypad watch to the list of time-telling devices whose entire point is to make the business of telling time more (not less) difficult. There’s a certain charm in the process, at least in the mind of certain geeks that are attracted by it. We fall squarely in that group and that’s why we like this watch. Not only does it tell time awkwardly, it also looks like it should be a calculator, but it isn’t. Time is displayed by a sequential blinking of the corresponding LEDs, which are activated after pressing any 0-9 number. The date is similarly triggered and read by pressing “#”.

The Click Keypad comes in 5 colors and costs $90. They ship worldwide.

Video and link after the jump.

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