Design submitted by Heather from the USA and Sam from Germany.
Heather & Sam say: BLOX is an LCD watch inspired by the popular and often quoted videogame Tetris. The basic idea is that we let each game block represent a number and create a playful time display.
The display is to be made up of three blocks. There are 13 different blocks that represent the “digits” from 0 through 12. Each block is like an extremely abstract analog watch hand. Take the 1, for example. It points up, but then it takes a step right. Just like the 1 is one step right from the 12 on an analog watch. All L-shaped blocks work that way – always one step ahead or behind the prominent times (12, 3, 6, 9). The prominent times are shown by the T-shaped blocks. They “point” up to the 12, right to the 3, down to the 6, or left to the 9. A zero is indicated by a 2×2 square block.
There are three time reading modes. The “easy” analog-based time reading shows the three digits of time successively with the helping numbers around the display as a guide. We acknowledge the learning curve, so we recommend practice in this mode, as it is worth the effort. Once you get used to the “digits”, you can use the 3-in-a-row-mode. All three digits are now seen at once. Since there are no helping numbers, you have an interesting display that is very confusing to the untrained eye. The hardest time mode is the falling-blocks-mode. All three digits fall down automatically each minute and rest on a pile at the bottom of the display. That pile shrinks regularly to keep the display diversified. This mode is only considered “harder” because now you are reading digits that are no longer aligned in one row. Once the display is overloaded, it resets. There is of course a game mode. Four buttons provide the sufficient control.
The display is made of a bright base layer underneath a simple LCD dot matrix that can be set to be always on.
This is a watch for gamers, especially fans of Tetris. But independently from that, if you like a big playfully encrypted time display in a stylish and simple watch, BLOX could suit you well.
BLOX is fun!