Design submitted by Lloyd from Australia.
Lloyd says: “Confusion” is a modern-looking LCD concept watch that displays the time in a simple but puzzling way using jumbled up numbers. The idea occurred to me over a year ago after seeing Heather and Sam’s design “Out of Order”.
Basically there are 2 rings of jumbled up numbers. The outer one tells you the hour and the inner one shows you the minutes in multiples of 5 from 0 to 55. To find out the time you just have to notice the one number in each of these rings that’s in the correct position. The pointer in the middle tells you how many single minutes to add (0, 1, 2, 3 or 4). You can show this part of the display in “negative” mode with the invisible pointer indicating the number of single minutes.
If you feel you don’t really need to know the time to the nearest minute, the 5 pointers can be animated to create a fun and partly decorative second hand. This hand completes one revolution every 5 seconds.
Every 15 minutes the 5 pointers animate for a short period of time to create a ‘dancing’ star. This feature can be turned off.
If you’re in a rush, there’s a “quick reveal” option. You can preselect one of two displays for this option.
Confusion has an alarm mode, a date mode and is USB rechargeable via a computer. It also has an EL backlight which makes the display easier to read at night. The watch’s case and strap are made from stainless steel in either black or silver. The LCD display comes in different colours and is “always on”. There are indicators in the middle to show when the alarm is on or off and when it is am or pm.
This design would probably appeal to anyone who likes new ideas, quirky gadgets, puzzles, creativity and thinking “outside the box”.
It stands out because of its slightly unusual styling and unique cryptic display which is easy to read.