Scuttlebug watch for creepy-crawly fans

Design submitted by Lloyd from Australia.

Lloyd says: Scuttlebug is a fun LCD concept watch design with an unusual display that contains 2 bug-like creatures which tell you the time and date.

Anyone who can read a conventional analogue watch should have no problems reading this watch. The outer segments of the large bug’s legs, antennae and tail indicate the hour or month and the inner ones give the minutes or day of the month in increments of 5. Any additional single minutes or days are indicated by the number of body segments on the smaller centipede-like bug with 2 large antennae/pincers that scuttles around the perimeter of the display showing the seconds.

This watch has 3 animations showing the large bug using 3 different styles of locomotion. You can initiate any of these by touching a button or by programming them to play every 5, 10 or 15 minutes.

Scuttlebug is USB rechargeable via a computer and has a battery checker so that at the press of a button you can see on the display how much power is left. It also has an alarm and 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”. The strap consists of overlapping segments like those found on the bodies of centipedes and other arthropods. The elongated buttons positioned above and below the display continue this effect on the watch case. It would be cool if the watch could be made from recycled materials.

This design would appeal to anyone with a sense of fun or who loves quirky modern gadgets, animals, nature, insects, creativity and thinking “outside the box”.

It stands out because of its very unique and eye-catching display and animations which literally bring the watch to life.

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41 Responses to “Scuttlebug watch for creepy-crawly fans”

  1. avatar Dianekmt says:

    I LOVE this watch!


  2. avatar Ai says:

    Scuttlebug is definitely an original concept and employs a very creative time-telling method. Fun an exciting for the eternal kid in me. I especially enjoy the little roving bug crawling round the edge.

    Usually things this inventive don’t get received well at first because it’s so different from the norm, but this is exactly what Tokyo Flash needs. Took me some time to figure it out, but after a few tries, it’s a cinch. I enjoy the watch that much more once I’ve mastered reading it.

    Bravo to Lloyd for his ideas. Keep ‘em coming!

  3. avatar Timur says:

    5*/Yes! Good luck!

  4. avatar Anthony says:

    I like the masculine case but the display is too childish.
    It’s confusing. Please make harmony between the parts!

    • avatar mushy says:

      Sorry you find it confusing Anthony, but the time-telling method is very similar to a conventional analogue watch. The only real difference is that the individual minutes (1-4) are also shown by the seconds indicator (centipede). I don’t see it as childish at all and I think it would be a fun watch to own. Anyway, thanx for your feedback. ;)

  5. avatar Pete says:

    Great fun design, with a cryptic yet familiar time telling. It’s probably not for me but I can imagine it be popular with a younger demographic. Would make a great gift for nature lovers. 5/Y best of luck sir! :D

  6. avatar Patrick says:

    Cute little bug!
    I love the shape of the case.
    5 * and Yes.

    What does “Scuttlebug”? (I can not find the translation in French?)

  7. avatar Japanonlinestore says:

    Interesting design watches. I confused this watch.


  8. avatar Cucucachew says:

    I guess from this point on, time doesn’t fly…it crawls!!
    Keep these great designs coming, Lloyd. Very imaginative. :-)

  9. avatar xian says:

    Ok, just noticed the second vertical line in the tail–didn’t get it at first, but it’s so fun I made myself learn it! Thanks for another playful design, Mushy! 5*/y!

    • avatar mushy says:

      Hi xian! Thanx for your nice comments. ;) I really wish TF would make some playful watches that are fun and a bit different.

  10. avatar dzign555 says:

    Yuck! 5y

  11. avatar gordon says:

    wow, another cool watch 5*

  12. avatar Samukun says:

    The watch itself looks cool and the presentation is great. But the display is to buggy for me. I’m more the less literal guy, as Pete already knows hehe. But it’s so funny how you used this image to tell time. Besides the fact that it’s a bug, there is one big issue I sometimes have to fight with too: a mere display idea on a rather normal looking watch. It’s not easy to combine a display concept with a watch geometry. Here I think we have an example of an expressionless watch with a creative display. As I said, I also fight with this. SOmetimes the watch doesnt have anything to do with the display. It’s a shame actually. The watch here look more like a smartwatch with a touch screen but not at all like a bug home. I’m not sure what an alternative would look like but I had to let you know :) Good luck anyway Lloyd!!

  13. avatar Jose says:

    Great job as usual and a very interesting concept Lloyd.
    I agree with previous comments and I can not contribute anything constructive except my support to this concept.

  14. avatar Firdaus says:

    I think this design is really a good job! I hope TF can consider this design but make sure make it less childish — maybe at level acceptable by manga anime fans? Another suggestion, I think its a good idea to make most of your designs as smartphone screensaver or widget? I recently digged some custom clock widget maker apps (original intention was studying javascript clock)…. I think most of King-chan’s clock designs are good cryptic or puzzle, but you need unique case and strap design to make the things put together as watch design (not limited to clock face design).

    Back to this design, I believe it has potential to be considered. You have my YES vote for black LCD+silver segment on black case+strap. Goodluck!

  15. avatar Pete says:

    Hey Lloyd,
    Have you un-friended me on fb? I cant msg you on there. Hope your ok mate!

  16. avatar Makkovik says:

    I like the display, mainly because I like bugs. I like the animations. My fav is the red bugs/black display/gray case. But the reading is too much all over the place. You could switch the 4 single minutes & the battery level display.

    • avatar Makkovik says:

      The 4 single minutes & battery level would be negative display, like the hours/5 minutes.

      • avatar mushy says:

        OK Makko. ;) Thanx for commenting. I prefer the battery indicator as it is because it leaves the bug almost intact, except when you check the battery. I like the fact that the seconds indicator also tells you the number of individual minutes and that the centipede changes length. It’s also something I’ve not seen done before.