May 2008


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Gone are the days when I judged watches at least partly based on how easy it was to read the time from them. Now, the time of day flashes everywhere - on our cell phones, computer screens, TVs. Try ignoring the time for half a day without taking yourself to the middle of the woods with no electronic connection to the rest of the world. Really, it’s hard to get away from it without drastic measures.

Online store Tokyoflash Japan, which trades on the idea that these days, telling time from a wristwatch is rather beside the point, sells watches with sometimes complicated LED displays which are fun to look at but challenging to read time from.

One of their latest offerings is the ergonomically designed Infection watch with 27 multi-colored LEDs which “pulsate and move like cells across the curved face to present the time from beneath the attractive mirrored mineral crystal lens.” The 12 red LEDs indicate the hours, the 11 yellow LEDs show time progression in 5-minute increments, and the 4 green LEDs show single minutes. Like any electronic display, it takes getting used to, but I’m sure it becomes easier with . . . time. (According to some young’uns I know, the hardest way to tell time is by the traditional analog clock. Hmm.)

The Infection watch is available at a special launch price of $134 at Tokyoflash, and if you sign up as a customer, you get a discount coupon for all purchases.

Good news for fans of Tokyoflash retro-futuristic designs: We’re in the process of picking one out for a giveaway in a future Popgadget Drop email. So, don’t forget to sign up (from the form on our homepage - over there on the right if you’re already there).

More on LED watches:

Geomesh mirrored LED watch

What time is it??!?!??!!

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It’s been quite a week for kooky concept designs. First, there was Triumph International’s “solar-powered bra”, above, a funny-looking prototype for underwear which includes solar panels to charge a cellphone or MP3 player plus refillable water-filled sacs to reduce our reliance on bottled water… Oh, and it also holds your breasts aloft. Good job: it doesn’t yet operate when the user is wearing clothes.

Phillips’ idea to integrate fashion and function is to build a charging station into a woman’s handbag, and being a purse fanatic (and someone who generally keeps her underwear from public view) I like this idea a bit better. It sounds somewhat complicated: the bag will have different sections, for your different devices to charge in their own areas while you’re on the move, and the strap will conceal a USB port. As to how pretty it will be, we’ll have to wait a while to find out: it’s only at patent stage for now.

Via Ananova and Engadget.
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It looks like Atari is taking a few cues from Nintendo’s past in order to take on the hot-selling Wii Fit, with the company’s new Family Trainer game employing a Power Pad-style (or DDR-style for you young ‘uns) mat controller to give you a workout. That’ll apparently let you run and jump your way through more than a dozen mini-games designed to get your heart rate going, including log jumping, rope skipping and water rafting, each of which also make use of the Wiimote for some upper-body action. No word on a price just yet, but it’ll apparently be landing in Europe first this September before it (presumably) makes its way over here.

[Via TG Daily]

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