Scott says: I’ve watched a fair amount of sci-fi, from Star Trek to The Matrix and of course Tron! ;-) In nearly all of these there are super hi-tech computers and interfaces that look unbelievably complex, almost impossible to understand; yet they always have someone happily pushing buttons seemingly understanding everything?!
I’ve always thought they must know something we don’t, there must be some kind of trick or some sort of ‘code’. So i decided to see if i could come up with my own interface/display that would look like gibberish to most, and obvious to others. Kind of like the dreaded ‘Blue screen of death’ on a broken computer.
Sam Says: The inspiration for this watch comes from a cylinder watch I made years ago from a normal battery clockwork. I wanted to make an analog wrist watch which shows the time on the outer edge of the case, not on the top.
I was reading about the Swedish cold war fighter-bomber JA37 Viggen, in partiular its computer system; the Centralkalkylator 37 (or CK37). It used ferrite core memory, the principle of which I found very cool. I’ve wanted to incorporate it into a watch concept for a while, and here it is.
I always liked neon tube displays in sci-fi movies. Back then, when CGI wasn’t used for every little thing. I liked the fact, someone actually built alien symbols of neon tubes, that really work! I was sketching for minimalistic, square based numbers that make a cool neon tube display.
Design submitted by Lloyd (Australia) and Peter (UK).
“Time Shift” is an exciting LED concept watch that displays the time and date by ‘beaming’ digits onto the display. It was inspired by the futuristic teleportation devices in sci-fi programmes and films.