(English) Design submitted by Lloyd from Australia.
Lloyd says: Ikimono is an unusual yet loveable LCD concept watch design that uses cute-looking creatures to display the time and date. Ikimono is the Japanese word for “creatures”.
Although the time and date are shown in a slightly enigmatic way, they are surprisingly easy to read once you know how. Each of the 4 creatures in the display contains a hidden digit formed by the creature’s rectangular mouth (if present) and the indentations between its ears and limbs. There’s a “quick reveal” option for when you’re in a hurry or want to explain how it works to a friend.
For added fun there’s a choice of 2 animations showing the creatures dancing randomly or in a synchronized fashion. You can initiate them by touching a button or by programming them to play every 5, 10 or 15 minutes.
Ikimono has an alarm 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 and the display is “always on”.
This design would appeal to anyone with a sense of fun or who loves quirky modern gadgets, animals, creativity and thinking “outside the box”.
It stands out because of its unique and eye-catching cryptic display.