Design submitted by Lloyd from Australia.
Lloyd says: This watch design is called “EOBOT” and was inspired by the robot I had as a kid and those that appeared in classic sci-fi movies like the The Day The Earth Stood Still and Forbidden Planet. It’s called “EOBOT” because the display uses different coloured lights to indicate even (E) and odd (O) digits and the pattern of lights together with a circular head forms the shape of a robot.
Telling the time on this watch is pretty easy. The first 4 vertical rows of lights indicate the 4-digit time and date and in each row one of the lights is illuminated in either green or blue. A blue light indicates an even digit and a green light indicates an odd digit. The top light in each row represents either 0 (considered as being an even digit) or 1, the second one down 2 or 3, the third one down 4 or 5, the fourth one down 6 or 7 and the fifth one down 8 or 9. Therefore, the combination of a light’s colour and position in each row enables you to figure out which digit is being indicated. There is an explanatory image below.
As for the 2 lights in the vertical row on the far right side of the robot, they indicate whether the time or date is being displayed. When the top one is illuminated that means the time is being displayed and when the bottom one is illuminated that means the date is being displayed.
A fun feature of this watch is that the robot’s single red eye moves from side to side like a pendulum. It takes 1 second to travel from one side to the other. There’s a short animation below.
The strap is made from a man-made material (ie animal friendly) and there’s a single button on the side of the watch for displaying the time and date. The watch comes in a variety of colours and is USB rechargeable via a computer.
The sort of people I imagine who would wear this design are fun-loving sci-fi fans, movie fans, toy robot collectors, geeks, kids, gamers, teenagers and baby boomers.
I think this design stands out because it is both endearing and yet chic at the same time. It is also very modern while retaining a certain retro feel. It is eye-catching but not garish and because it in not too esoteric it has a wide appeal.