Design submitted by Peter from the UK.
Peter says: This is “UFO – Half Hunter” This is a redesign of my original UFO design which featured on the blog in October 2011.
The original design featured a hidden wrap around display which was revealed by the pushing the top half of the clam-shell popping it up in a b-movie stylie.
I think that the combination of the wrap around screen and complicated push push opening case made the original design un-feasible.
This version still has the UFO shape but uses a conventional LCD display which in normal use is partially covered by a “half hunter ” pocket watch style cover. This partial display shows the basic time in a selection of styles.
The time is told in “half hunter” mode by a ring of LCD blocks. The time could be told in a variety of styles. This could include analogue, 12/5/9 (blocks and/or words), 12/11/4 and Zero G style. If the time was not needed instantly just the seconds or an animation could be shown.
When more detail is required the user would press the button on the side opening the cover. This reveals the remainder of the display which can have other information, this could be date, digital time, stop watch etc. This could work individually of the outer ring or in combination. Again this info could be shown in a variety of styles chosen by the wearer.
The selection of time telling methods combined with the Jekyll and Hyde case should allow this design to appeal to a variety of people. The retro UFO form may appeal to sci-fi lovers.
The case can also be popped out of the strap so it can be used on a cord like a pocket watch or pendent, which may also appeal to people who like their products to be a little different.
The case shape, the two main modes, the combination display styles and the pocket watch option separate this design from others. The use of LCD makes the design viable.