A Watch Made of E-Paper Can Be E-legant

via Gizmodo by Jason Chen on 12/17/08

French designer Julien Bergignat’s Tima Watch concept has an actual basis in reality, and is something you may actually wear to places more upscale than Red Lobster.

E-Ink watches have made it onto the market in one form or another, but they’re still not as good looking as this render from 2006. You get a digital representation of an analog face (neat) as well as a digital representation of a digital face. If this ever made it to market, we’d buy this for upwards of $200.

[Julien Bergignat via Fubiz via Dvice]

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Polar FT80 Fitness Training Computer is more than just a watch

via DVICE by Charlie White on 12/2/08

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This Polar FT80 is not just a watch that looks like it’s from a science fiction movie. It’s an intelligent training computer you wear on your wrist. With its built-in heart monitor, it can tell how you’re tolerating exercise, and when you attach the optional G1 GPS module, it figures in your speed and distance traveled. We like its strength recovery capability, telling you when you’re ready for more exercise after a rest.

This has got to be one of the coolest-looking watches ever — we thought it was a design concept at first. But be sure you see it in your own hands before buying, because we’ve seen a comment noting its dim display and too-basic GPS functions. With the G1 GPS sensor, it’s $429.95; without, it’s $329.95. If this one doesn’t do it for you, try the excellent Garmin Forerunner 405 GPS watch — both DVICE editor Pete Pachal and I give it an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

Wrist Dreams and Amazon (without G1, and with G1)

Oregon Scientific Tracker and Meteo watches track compass direction or predict weather

via DVICE by Charlie White on 4/28/08

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If you’re looking to navigate the great outdoors, there’s nothing better to have on your wrist than a GPS watch. But what if you don’t have a spare $300 in your wallet? The Tracker Digital Compass Watch from Oregon Scientific is the next best thing at less than a quarter the price ($69.99).

It’s not like strapping a refrigerator to your wrist like a GPS watch, either — it’s small enough for even girly arms to wear. It’s even water resistant down to 96 feet, so you can find your way in those underwater caves you can’t stop exploring. Not cool enough for you? Hit continue for Meteo, a watch like this but wise to the weather rather than direction.

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In case you can’t predict weather trends with that sore toe of yours, the identically priced ($69.99) Meteo keeps track of the weather for you, predicting the likelihood of sunny, cloudy, or rainy days right there on your wrist with its built-in barometer. We’d like to see Oregon Scientific combine these two watches’ functions into one, for a great, lower-cost campers’ convenience.

Via Oregon Scientific (Tracker or Meteo watches)

Tokyoflash Shinshoku Watch, another weird way to tell the time of day

via DVICE by Charlie White on 2/8/08

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Tokyoflash has done it again. Here’s Shinshoku, another watch that’s not easy to read but probably won’t stump that theoretical physicist we challenged with crazy watches once before.

Take a look at the animated pic here, and you can probably figure out how its configuration of 29 super-bright LEDs works. Hey, does this mean our readers are as smart as a theoretical physicist? Yes indeed, dear readers, I believe it to be so.

If this watch didn’t look so much like some kind of Klingon restraining device, we’d be ready to pick one up for its $139.50 price. Or maybe if you think of it resembling certain car engine parts, it would be more appealing to you. Either way, people will be asking you what the heck that thing is on your wrist.

Tokyoflash, via Book of Joe

Elio watch shows time as a countdown

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Watches are generally designed to tell us what time it is in some fashion or another, allowing us to plan our day and figure out when we have to be at appointments and meetings. The Elio watch puts a twist on the whole idea of watches and makes it more like a download bar, just showing you how much time you have left until whatever time you put in there. How much time ’til your flight? No need to do math, just check the bar.

Yes, it’s a wonderfully quirky gimmick that has terribly little practical use. I mean, who uses a watch merely to count down to things? I generally check my watch to see what time it is to have an idea of where in the day I am or if it’s lunchtime yet. This thing wouldn’t help me out at all. Kudos for the creativity, but boo-dos for coming up with what amounts to a pretty worthless product.

Vibrating Alarm Watch

Here’s a watch and also a device designed by Engio specially for hearing impaired people. It can be considered as an alarm for them as it will vibrates and blinks when a fire alarm goes off in a building. This watch operates by having multidirectional microphones integrated into the strap. This microphone can detect a drastic change in ambient sound level and will alert the user.

[via Yanko Design]

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