Design submitted by Mark from New Zealand.
Mark says: “Archaeologists have discovered an ancient runic inscription on a piece of stone ballast in the preserved remains of an unearthed longship revealing that not only did the master rune that all runes are created from was used to write words, but also used to tell the time with each rune representing an hour of the day”.
Hi all, my inspiration for this concept came as you no doubt have guessed from my little opener above is from the Viking age and the runic alphabet known as the Elder Futhark. I was randomly looking up Viking art when I saw a picture of the “master rune” and could see that I could have a go at making it into a watch idea.
The word “rune” actually means mystery, secret or whisper which ties in well with the displays cryptic looks. The LED’s are laid out in the form of the 9 staves which created the “master rune” from which the 24 runes in the Elder Futhark alphabet could be constructed.
The time telling method is a 12-5-9 format with each hour represented by a red led, 5 groups of 10 minutes in blue and 9 single minutes in green. As well as telling the time in a different way this watch can also display the runes to spell words one rune at a time. Dual colour LED’s could be used to display the runes in a single colour instead of having them multicoloured. There could also be multiple LED’s under each segment to make the rune shapes more accurately displayed.
Each rune would be assigned to an hour of the day and be displayed automatically for the first several seconds at the start of each hour before displaying the time then switching off to save power. An am/pm indicator would be displayed to enable setting the time correctly with the two buttons on the side. A USB rechargeable battery would be utilised to power this watch.
This would be great to help get those who go “A-Viking” aka get to work on time, battling the world each day and be able to return home from the battlefield on time for the nightly feast. Whose got the mead and ale hehe :)