If there’s one thing we like about Japan, it’s how their wicked cool technology meshes with their interesting pop culture preferences. We think the Pimpin Ain’t Easy watch from TokyoFlash fits into that category. In fact, just about every TokyoFlash watch meets that criteria. They go out of their way to come up with some of the most interesting ways of telling time that we’ve seen. In this episode, we give you the rundown on the Pimpin Ain’t Easy watch. It features 72 LED lights, which make it nice and bright. The time is read by reading the hours on the left hand side, and the minutes on the right. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s definitely an attention-grabber.
The Haptica is a fine prototype of a Braille watch. The sight-impaired user gets an accurate reading by four groups of 4 dials made of dots on disks that only partially are displayed. They rotate the dot pattern in an extended circle to show the hours, minutes, and seconds. Designer David Chavez calls his ergonomic timepiece capable of working with analog or magnetic repulsion to move the dials along. Our kudos to the man and hope his idea reaches the market soon.
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It’s been awhile since we heard from Tokyo Flash and see that they have another new watch to confuse us. Their Oberon S-Mode series has a stainless steel body with full face black mineral crystal lens. The blue LEDs are a bit simpler to read than some of their others, with the outer ring as the hour, the second showing minutes, and the inner one is minutes in groups of ten. Another button push and you get the date. At a size of 38 x 38 x 11 mm and a weight of 150g, the Oberon carries a price of ¥15,900 (~$159.25.)
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Wear your cell phone on your sleeve with this EP 2502. The watch is shock and waterproof and features a 1.3-inch OLED screen with a 128 x 160px resolution touch panel, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 2.0 mp camera. It has 64 polyphonic ringtones and plays MP3s and MP4s on its tiny screen. The phone/watch comes with a 512 MB SDcard but will support up to 2GB of memory and should be available this week with a MSRP of $299.99.
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With baseball season officially underway, we felt it was appropriate to delight fans with the Game Time Schedule Watch. It comes pre-loaded with the schedules for all MLB teams, so you’ll always know when, where and what time your favorite team is playing. It even has the results for previous World Series games. Want more? The watch can be updated every season! Just plug the included USB connector and download the info from the internet. Plus, the watch can bear the logo of your favorite team. A must-have for the die-hard baseball fan, it’s available for $100 USD. Go Yanks!
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We love our old toy bots and were very pleased to discover that there is now a Mr. Roboto Watch by Azimuth. His left eye displays the hour, his right GMT indicator, his nose and mouth seconds and minutes. With a case of steel, the water-resistant Mr. Roboto is part of the company’s Mecha-1 BMF collection. He will be appearing in September at a much higher price than our toys were. Look for a 4,800.00 Swiss Francs ($4,800.00) price tag.
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We know that almost everyone has one, but your egg timer probably hasn’t left the junk drawer in a decade. Designer Pavel Balykin has created the Sand+Time Watch to modernize the concept. The digital hourglass is used as a screen saver. If you want real numbers and an accurate time, you simply click a button. We are thinking that maybe we could get a company like Tokyoflash to turn Pavel’s prototype into a reality.
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Tokyoflash, home of the incomprehensible line of wristwatches, will also be including those from Japanese designers for a limited time. We especially like Naoto Fukasawa’s minimalist watch that is more than just your basic timepiece. The site says it is supposed to “resemble the various moods of a human, using the position of the dials and hands.” Available in white or blue, the water-resistant Issey Miyake watch comes with free shipping and carries a price of ¥38,900 ($401.03.)
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Take your gambling fetish everywhere you go with the Swiss designed Roulette Watch. Push a side button and the wheel spins. Made of stainless steel with either silver or gold finish with a leather strap, it is water resistant and comes with a two year guarantee. We don’t want to forget its special pouch with its integrated table and rules in case co-workers or friends want to make a few bets on the side. The timepiece is available for $150.00.
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We couldn’t quite get our hands on the LG Watch Phone concept (and they were stopping all non-press individuals from even taking photos, which always seems strange to us) but we did get to talk to an LG rep about what the concept may evolve into and what features are working already. The screen is gorgeous and they’ve built the system to work with just three buttons, including a jog button of sorts, which lets you scroll easily. The concept sends and receives texts and is currently built to work on GSM but they said they haven’t finalized providers or networks yet, and could easily be made to work on CDMA. No word yet on battery life, but the watch *will* apparently include a built in mic and speaker (for “Dick Tracy”-style communication, ostesibly) but will be primarily for use with Bluetooth. Since this is just a concept, they were also mum on any sort of release date, but LG sounded like sometime this year or early next year would be reasonable.
What’s your opinion on the utility of a watch phone? Would you want something with stripped down functionality like that? (Text messaging would be a nightmare I think, but you could store templates and recall them I suppose.) As a user of the Fossil FX-6001, I absolutely love having my watch integrate with my phone, but it only tells me when I receive a call or text, and who’s calling. And that’s enough for me. I much prefer the phone as a separate device, I think.
Check the video for some close-up shots of the clock on the watch in operation and the nice screen and sleek design.