(English) Camalien LED watch …almost ALIVE!

(English) Design submitted by Peter (UK) & Sam (Germany)

Peter & Sam say: The initial idea for Camalien was a watch that changes its colour with the mood of the wearer. But mood is an abstract thing that could be dozens of measurable things in reality. We kept the colour changing aspect and gave the watch a camera.
The display of Camalien reacts to the environment like a chameleon.

The base technology for this concept consists of multicolour LEDs. They are arranged in a honeycomb-like array creating this cool hexagon pattern similar to reptilian skin. With such an array many things are possible:

Time telling: Time can be told with the press of a button. Four numbers in HH/MM mode tell the time. Another press reveals the date in MM/DD mode.

Assimilation mode: This mode lets the display pulse in the colour of the environment, looking like an adapting chameleon. The camera delivers the necessary data and a software translates reality into hexagon matrix colour information.

Time pulse: The could be an automatic animation mode that lets the display pulse up in current environment colours with an overlay of the current time.

Wordstream mode: The array also allows to post messages. It’s nothing for emergencies, but fun! We suggest an interactivity with a smartphone (Bluetooth) or the computer (USB) to be able to edit text. Just tell everyone what you think!

Response mode: With this mode, the watch displays words, that are normally associated to colours and patterns. Imagine, you are in a blank white room. Camalien would show “boring” to you. If you are in a room with red flashing lights, Camalien would show for example “ouch, my eye!” This behaviour lets the watch seem to have a consciousness.

Capture mode: This would allow you to capture an environment and save it, by holding the button for two seconds. So parallel to the automatic Assimilation mode, this gives you a chance to control the display. If you like the colours of a painting, you can save them.

Composition mode: This mode offers a range of display patterns (stripes, dots, circles etc.). You can capture some colours nearby and then compose them into a geometrical pattern of your choice. Adapt the display to the situation you are in, be it a game of your favourite team or being in the cinema or a club or even a museum!

Swarm mode: Since we suggest Bluetooth connectivity, Camalien should also react to other watches of it’s kind in range. Every watch in range could suddenly show up the same display or share previously programmed information… the possibilities are endless.

Camalien is a fashion accessory with quite some options to customise. Adapt to your environment, show your mood, display your team colours, make your outfit complete!

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164 Responses to “(English) Camalien LED watch …almost ALIVE!”

  1. avatar Cristof K. より:

    Great watch design!! I really like the many different displays and colors. And the fact it has Bluetooth, it a definite plus!

    • avatar Pete より:

      Glad you like it Cristof! To make the most of the interactive quality and customisation of the design it makes sense to make it compatible with smart phones and computers etc. Cheers for the comment! :D

  2. avatar befrey より:

    wow very cool hope its possible to make :) gl 5 stars

    • avatar Pete より:

      I hope so to, most of the features are based on relitively cheap existing tech, but they have never been combined in a watch (to my knowledge) before. Nice little challenge for TF if they chose to develop it! :D

  3. avatar Larry Cohen より:

    I like it, sleek slim, cool

  4. avatar Seth より:

    Man I’d DEFINITELY buy this. All of the toyko flash watches are a bit weird to read, and seem like they’d take a bit of learning to get used too despite all being beautiful. This one however has some seriously cool tech in it AND is easy to read. Plus I’m excited to see what kind of stuff can be done with the bluetooth cellphone connectivity. Maybe something like caller ID to your phone? Name of the caller scrolls across the display?

    5/5 stars, would buy.

    • avatar Pete より:

      The posibilities are endless, yeah caller ID would be a nice feature or scrolling txt mesages. Yeah I think it would be a nice addition to TF’s range. Lets hope they do too! :D

    • avatar Samukun より:

      Hi Seth!

      Oh yeah, bluetooth would open up a wide range of possibilities. Expanding phone functions back to the watch is a cool idea. Letting it flash in a special way or display text when getting a call? Woof, cool! Thanks for the inspiring comment and your vote!

  5. avatar Kani より:

    Want to buy it!!
    Its great design maybe one of the best over the last days.

  6. avatar DMorris より:

    My absolute fav design so far…I love the black scaly look when its not colored. And with it able to go from that to so many colors is awesome. Camera to detect the environment is pure genius stuff man! The possibilities seem endless. This must be the smartest watch ever made and i assume it will be a tad more expensive than the rest. I only heard about Tokyo Flash about a month ago and tonight im ordering my 1st one. I will definitely be buying the Camalien as soon as its available. Great design! I want!…asap

    • avatar Pete より:

      Yeah the contast between the subtley menacing dark of the display when unlit and the bright colours gives the watch two personalities. The combination of features would make for unlimited possibilities. I could imagine that if TF released this it would be top end of their pricing (but worth it!) Hopefully you will get the chance to buy one day! Thanks for the feedback! :D

    • avatar Samukun より:

      Wow that’s nice, congrats to your first Tokyoflash watch!

      Yeah, If you have the feeling that the possibilities are endless, we did a good job. Hm, a more expensive addition to Tokyoflash’s line-up wouldn’t harm I think ;) Maybe they dare this step…

      Thanks for the cool comment!

  7. avatar Firdaus public より:

    Classy but at the same time cryptic looking watch! Easy. Definitely buying the one in animated above. Very good job Sam-chin, Pitu-kun!

  8. avatar Firdaus public より:

    Classy but at the same time cryptic looking watch! Easy.
    Definitely buying the one in animated above.
    Very good job Sam-chin, Pitu-kun!

    • avatar Pete より:

      Thanks a lot Fir, Im supprised you had the steady enough hand to type after your exciting news! congrats! excellent new addition to the TF line up! :D

  9. avatar Laszlo より:

    Major Schaeffer and i’m want this!
    Great job, 5 / Y

  10. avatar Pete より:

    Thanks TF for adding this design to the blog!
    Oh yeah, thanks Sam for the coop! :D

    • avatar Samukun より:

      Pete, it’s always fun when two creative minds work on a good concept (without flattering ourselves). It’s cool to see such a concept developing with each little idea.

      Hi Toky, thanks for posting this concept! Very nice they you highlighted the modes. We have a little novel up there, so structure is higly welcome. May the infiltration begin, mwahaha :D


  11. avatar Patrick より:

    I cannot find the words.
    5 * / Yes.
    Long ago, I proposed a watch that changes colour depending on the mood and the heat from the body, it was called “Snap Ring 2″, following a plastics material which already exists (project ever published?)

  12. avatar Andrew Joy より:

    This the most awesome design I have ever see on this Blog. Well done for getting it published, surely this design will become a reality soon. Please feel free to check my Designs:

    Triple Yin Yang: http://www.tokyoflash.com/blog/?s=triple+Yin+Yang

    The Zodiacs: http://www.tokyoflash.com/blog/?s=zodiacs

    • avatar Pete より:

      Sorry Andrew I didnt spot your comment before. Thanks for the compliment! Hopefully TF will take pity on us and produce the watch! x^^x. I have seen your linked designs and I know you have submitted more, hopefully we will see them soon! Keep up the good work and thanks for the comment! :D

      • avatar Samukun より:

        Pity? Lol ^^ I would say, they would do themselves a favor making this watch ;) But I wouldn’t envy them for the work behind it.

        Andrew, thanks for the comment! We hope you’re right about the getting published!

        The yin yang watch watch a nice approach to a watch concept. I agree with Pete, if you have something to show, let it all out!

  13. avatar Mark より:

    Incredible design. Really. Next-level stuff and the way that strong design should go – focusing on both being wearable art, functional and also appearing to part of whatever environment the wearer is part of. I love it. I’d buy multiples.

  14. avatar Raka より:

    Please inform to me when this camelien watches are publish, i will buy it… thx

  15. avatar amorones2012 より:

    I can’t wait for this watch to come out, I will buy it ..lol great Idea and better than most watches I have ever seen!

  16. avatar dzign555 より:

    Wow…! 5*

    • avatar dzign555 より:

      I love the way you guys work together. I’m currently working on some designs, but I don’t have the CAD skills yet. (I don’t think I’ll ever get to this level!) It’d be good if I could team up with someone professional…

      • avatar Pete より:

        We wish we could team up with someone professional! lol
        Thanks for the compliment! Yeah my crazy seems to work well with Sam’s eccentricty. We are usually pretty happy with the results, so its nice when people agree!

        Remember CAD skillz are only a bonus, TF will always post good design regardless of the media used!
        Hopefully we will see some of your designs here soon! :D

      • avatar Pete より:

        When did you submit? it can take a while. I have submissions from last year that havent yet hit the blog. If its been a while maybe you should re-submit the design.

        • avatar dzign555 より:

          Thanks for that info, Pete. I submitted it over a month ago. I thought the idea was great, but compared to most of these submissions, the presentation was not the best!

          Anyway, I’ve got another one coming. Stay tuned!

      • avatar Pete より:

        A month isnt a long a time in regards to submissions so dont lose hope yet. I look forward to seeing you designs on the blog! ;)

  17. avatar MollineriAlain より:

    When this watch became reality???

  18. avatar B33B より:

    I would not change a thing about the design of this watch i am completely satisfied with the concept, that only thing that would make it a nogo for my wallet would be if the wrong material was chosen. I know im shooting stars but i would love it if a special edition of this watch could be made with a tungsten band on the inner of the wristlet, with the outer wristlet having the hex-comb coating made out of some kind of protective rubber coating.

    • avatar Pete より:

      Ummm that sounds like a nice combitaion of materials! You have fince taste sir!
      I hope one day your wallet takes a bashing as you get one of these on order! ;)
      Thanks for the feedback and the epic comment! :D

    • avatar Samukun より:

      I agree with Pete – very nice taste! The material choice is an essential decision for a concept. Hopefully Tokyoflash get to this point in the future. Thanks for the input!

  19. avatar Tokyoflash Japan Product Design Studio より:

    Glad to see this is getting some good votes & excited comments. Its an inspiring design, well done Sam & Pete.

    Having a camera in there is a great idea & of course you could use it to take snapshots of crazy moments when you don’t have a camera close by.

    Despite the antiquated watch industry we are pushing forward into new areas & most certainly we will include tech like this asap.

    • avatar Samukun より:

      Hello Toky, so cool to see you commenting! Thank you for the compliment!

      Oh Pete and I are glad too, seeing how the idea is recieved. We were wondering before.

      The snapshot idea is so obvious yet we didn’t think about this. If a camera with a pleasing resolution can be that small for a watch, oh yes please, try something like this! Here we picked a “cheap” low-res cam that serves the needs of the display, which in return is, we have to admit, quite a task. We assumed that implementing multicolor LEDs is feasable. As I like to say lately: ideas now, limitations later ;)

      Looking back at what you have brought us, I can say, whatever you do, it will rock!

    • avatar Pete より:

      Hi TF, Thanks for the compliment!
      Nice to see that you are looking to use this kinda tech, I was worried we had been a little ambitious.
      Snapshots would be a nice additional feature, so you could perhaps upload the pics to a computer or smart phone (standard or hexilated (thats a real word now)
      Thanks for the feedback (and posting this design of course) :D

  20. avatar Samukun より:

    Thank you everybody so much for commenting! I wish I could respond more right now but I got a deadline soon. Thank you Pete for taking care of our clients hehehe

  21. avatar Jun Fan Lee より:

    wa…wait…is this real? Am i actually seeing the best watch ever created?
    this is the best watch i have ever seen!! it doesnt just look cool like other watches..but it acts cool!! it operates cool!!! Damn i need to get this!!!! hexagons are very futuristic, so adding them to a futuristic design is very good…I can tell you now…. this WILL be made…100% guarantee…tokyoflash does not let such awesome designs slip from their grips.

    • avatar Pete より:

      hehe I hope your proficy comes true! ;)
      We’re glad you like it!, Yeah hexes are the future! Thanks for the epic comment! ;)

    • avatar Samukun より:

      Wow that’s nice how you describe it, not only looking cool but also acting cool. Oh yesh, hexagons are fun! We chose them because we had a chameleon skin in the back of our minds and they make a perfect stacking pattern for cells/items/leds. Your forecast sounds wonderful! Thanks a couple times for the nice comment!

  22. avatar Spkprod より:


    So awesome! Best watch i ever see! Hope it get “real”.
    Will be first to buy it!

  23. avatar invalidlemon より:

    really nice design. amazing concept

  24. avatar John より:

    I will buy this the day it comes out!!!

  25. avatar Jun Fan Lee より:

    u guys are just badass…you always make watches that are new and different…you never dissapoint.

    • avatar Pete より:

      You are too kind sir! Its nice when designs appeal to other people. You never really know how they will be recieved when they hit the blog. We did have a good feeling about this one and so far the voters have agreed with our gut. I love your enthusiam, its contageous! :D

  26. avatar Zoxy より:

    Best Watch i ever see !!! I Will buy immediatly

  27. avatar Steve より:

    Great watch! I do not think that its camera should be used in anything else rather than changing the watch colors. Even Bluetooth is not necessary. Will definitely buy it if it comes out!

    • avatar Pete より:

      Ummm a “lite” back to basics version, just the vital features. That would save cost too I would imagine. Thanks for the feedback and the vote!

    • avatar Samukun より:

      Steve, that’s an interesting hint! Button, cam, display, fun – that would suffice indeed. Maybe the big world that opens up with the blutooth connectivity is too much (too much options? too high price?), but it’s tooo much to ignore actually. I think the LEDs are the actual challenge, but TF would know better :) Thank you for the clear statements!

  28. avatar David より:

    Wow! This is amazing. I look at some of the watches on here and, while they are awesome looking, I don’t think I could stomach taking the chance at spending the price tag on it (being a student and not having much of an expendable income), but this is one thing that I would not be afraid to spend my money on, even if it was well over $200+! It’s just way too cool!

    All I can say is…

  29. avatar Psyhister より:

    I was thinking about buying On Air, but then I saw these…
    I will think about TF as insane, if they’re going to miss these.
    It’s awesome, gorgeous and damn… I want them as soon as possible!

  30. avatar Samukun より:

    Oh god Pete, the shares are epic! I’m not sure what a homepuzz means, but I think it has something to do with wrist porn hehehe. High five man!

    • avatar Pete より:

      Yeah I haven’t heard of that one before but greatful for them featuring our design. Yeah so far the interest has been fantastic and the comments are great. High 5 right back at ya!

  31. avatar Scott G より:

    This is simply amazing. I can see myself spending hours taking photos of random stuff just to see how it appears on the watch.

    As David says above….shut up and take my money! :)

    • avatar Pete より:

      Yeah I know what you mean, you could take mugshots of friends and family and have hexilated contacts in your phone etc, hours of fun lol.
      Thanks for the support and the vote! :D

  32. avatar TheWhispofSmoke より:

    great watch, hope if they make a real version it is as good, or somehow, they can make it better

    • avatar Pete より:

      Yeah TF have the ability to add a little magic to a design, so hopefully they will choose to develop this design to an even higher level! Thanks for the positive words! :D

  33. avatar yoann より:

    A HUGE YES !!! =D

  34. avatar DMorris より:

    Had to come back and check on this watch…like i said im new here and would be cool to see this go from concept to reality! Alot more comments since I commented and even one from tokyoflash…cool! For the record even if the tech required causes this watch turns out to be the most expensive from tokyoflash i would still love to buy it! I actually thought it was already being made :) Nevertheless ill be checking back on this one often. Camalien needs to be made! BTW i just got my satelite watch and love it! Arrived so fast! Too bad the white is sold out because i want that one too o well.

    • avatar Samukun より:

      Awww… yeah sometimes watches sell out too fast, sometimes one is lucky because Tokyoflash produce a further series.

      Thanks for comming back! It’s cool to know that it could be a more expensive watch for you. Maybe Tokyoflash dare the step.

      Pete and I are overwhelmed about how Cammy is recieved. It’s spreading online like apple cake fragrance in real life. We were like 50/50 before if the design would convince or be too much for the folks. It’s hard to make predictions when you’re at home dreaming watches hehe.

    • avatar Pete より:

      Yeah thanks for the second visit. I have missed a few watches due to them selling out, then the next time they are available I have no money (cruel fate why do you mock me?) Its nice to know that you would be happy paying a little more, I hope one day you get the chance to place that order. Thanks for the great comments! :D

  35. avatar Mike より:

    Sometimes you see something when browsing the internet that blows your mind you think and talk about it for years to come. This is one of those things. I’d buy this in a heartbeat. The color screen with the camera-chameleon idea? Incredible. AND bluetooth? Mind = blown.

    • avatar Pete より:

      hahaha I know what you mean Mike, Its a relief that you mean this design! lol
      I see many images on the net that blow my mind but they are probably too inapropiate for this blog! lolol
      Your positive comment blows my mind so I thank you sir! :D

    • avatar Samukun より:

      That’s a nice comment! I also know this feeling, seeing images online that accompany you for years because of their virality. It would be awesome if Camalien would be like this too. It’s cool you see it that way! Thank you for the comment! Feel free to share and spread the word and cross fingers :D

  36. avatar theov6 より:

    This watch is awesome! The design is really cool and the idea of changing the colors depending on the environment is great! I would definitely buy this one if I didn’t already had my RPM SS watch :p maybe for Christmas then :) (Gave it 5 stars!)

    • avatar Pete より:

      hehe thats what friends and family are for….presents! Im glad you like it! Hopefully it will be in your stocking a xmas in the not too distant future. Thanks for the comment and the stars! :D

    • avatar Samukun より:

      Thanks from me too! Mh, green and red color scheme on the display, a christmas song playing, snowing outside… Now I want one too hehe.

  37. avatar Daniel より:

    I. need. this.


  38. avatar Pete より:

    Camalien just hit 100 shares, so as a little thank you for all the support so far, please see the attached bonus image :D


  39. avatar Jun Fan Lee より:

    sorry but….this will be made. Even if TF doesn’t make it..i will try to make my own ones made frm cardboard and glue.

  40. avatar Seth より:

    Seth here again. Just had to check back in with this concept.

    Im disapointed to see theres no news on whether or not this concept is making it’s way toward becoming a reality. Is there any way of being notified by TF when they are looking into bringing this to life?

    And if they aren’t can I suggest looking into promoting this concept through Kickstarter? It would be a shame to see this join the ever growing list of cool technology that never made it past the concept stage.

    • avatar Pete より:

      Hi Seth, nice to hear from you again.
      As far as I know when TF are considering/making a design they tend to let the designer/s know. Sometimes they tell of their interest here but thats not always the case.

      I here good things about the kickstarter site, trouble is with that is of course you need either manufacturing/development knowledge or have people on board for that, so you just require the finances.
      Sadly we dont have the knowledge or the contacts to make this a workable project on kickstarter.
      So we are very much reliant/hopeful that TF will take pity on us!

      Thanks for the continued interest and another fantastic comment! :D

    • avatar Samukun より:

      Yeah TF have to watch out what they tell. Even if they like a concept, I can imagine, they have to do alot of research before making an official statement – so it’s all possible at the moment ;)

      Kickstarter… I heard about this alot the last months. I think Pete is right that those projects only have to be $$$ away from finishing. Maybe we use this alternative one day. Right know Pete and I are “just” guys with ideas.

      It’s cool that you keep an eye on this concept! I recommend: stay tuned :D

  41. avatar Samukun より:

    ^ Inspector GADGET would be proud I guess.

  42. avatar dzign555 より:

    Hi Pete,

    I’ve been thinking a bit about this design, as it presents possibilities that may make an idea I’m working on feasible. Above you say that this is a “press button to display time” watch, and that in one of the modes it “pulses up every minute.” Is it possible for this to be an “always on” watch? Or is that too power-consumptive? In my opinion, looking down at a watch to be reminded that I have to press a button “gets old” after a while. (Optional over-night USB re-charge, perhaps…) What about an LCD display…is it too expensive to cut the hexagons in this scenario?

    I’m interested in the technological aspects. It would be great if Tokyo Flash could provide some links as to what is or isn’t possible.



    • avatar Samukun より:

      Hi DZ!

      The Kisai Seven is kind-of always on, having the LEDs pulsing regularily. We like this feature for Camalien because this makes it look alive.

      There has to be a way to safe energy and to tell the time. So an activation button has to be there. The button we have up there also activates the camera, so we have at least one reason to have it.

      USB recharge would be good because we expect quite an energy consumption.

      Oh yeah, some orientation about what is possible would be nice. But I think an idea is represented by a cool image first, then the issues come. If people start to love the image, the concept is sold :) Remember my comment on your triangle watch, about how the display can be done? That difficulty did not influence the rating for me cause that’s Tokyoflash’s problem later, if they consider to make the watch. I think we can get good hints about what’s possible in the Tokyoflash shop, especially when comparing the fan-made concepts with their real productions (UZUMAKI, RPM, SEVEN, ON AIR, STENCIL, KAIDOKU). But Tokyoflash try to break new ground every day and so really new hints are top secret I guess. I made a lot of concepts by now and I vary in being realistic or utopic. I say, do what’s fun for you and what you think would bait the people. If it’s good, limited technology knowlege and less presentation skills are irrelevant.

    • avatar Pete より:

      Hi DZ, I think Sam covered most bases there. I agree that it would be useful if TF had a brief guide on whats possible tech wise. But then too much knowledge can restrict your creativity. Sometimes creativity pushes the improvent of the tech. I think it would be possible to do an LCD version which would get around the power issue but may loose some of the magic. Colour LCD maybe a nice half way house. My advice to designer is to have half a mind on the limitations of the tech so your design is pretty realistic but don’t let it hamper your creativity. If the idea is cool I’m sure TF will find away around the tech issues. Good luck with your new designs! ;)

  43. avatar dzign555 より:

    Thanks, Pete and Sam – that’s really useful info. Basically you touch on the things I guess a lot of us go through in the design of these watches. For example, you have a great idea, then the “reality” of whether it’s possible potentially stems the creativity. But I’m the kind of person who wants to see the really radical ideas – like yours – even if it defies the technical limits. To me, necessity is the mother of invention, and if it’s screaming out to be made…a way will be found. For example, Sam, you said that there’s a prob with e-paper updating every second…well, how about bending the rules and making it update every 5 seconds? Does a second hand have to show each and every second? We’ve been conditioned into thinking of time in these arbitrary units – that’s what I enjoy about the potential here – breaking the rules.



  44. avatar mushy より:

    Amazing design guys! Good luck with it! 5* and Yes!

  45. avatar Pete より:

    Only a little while left for this one.
    Thanks everyone who voted, commented and shared, thanks to the external blogs for featuring this design, thanks to TF for posting it here on the blog and cheers to Sam for the coop! :D

    Hopefully we see more of this design in the future!
    Thanks everyone,

    Pete from Blighty :D

  46. avatar Samukun より:

    That was a good month! Pete says it all! I’m happy about how the concept is recieved. Thank you everybody for your various types of support! Pete, it was fun to coop with you.

    I cross my fingers for this concept.

    Stay tuned everybody :)

    Sam from Berlin (the original)