Design submitted by Heather from the USA.
I was inspired by an older blog entry posted by Tokyoflash that used two colors of LEDs to count the time: http://www.tokyoflash.com/blog/2010/02/time-to-streamline/ The Retro-bot LED watch concept is meant to be similar to the classic Tokyoflash watches, but instead of using counting to tell the time, the display shows a distorted version of the digital time.
The display consists of four digits in alternating colors. The first digit uses only two LEDs and can show only a 0 or a 1. The other three digits are each 7-segment arrangements of LED shapes that can light up to display any digit from 0 to 9. To avoid too much symmetry, and give the display a more interesting look, these three arrangements are all different from each other. Nevertheless, a 7-segment digit is a 7-segment digit – you just need a top, middle, and bottom segment, one on each side on top, and one on each side on the bottom.
Time is displayed on button press – but the display is still interesting when off, because of the raised LED markers. Also, there is an option for periodic animation.
Those who appreciate the classic LED watches might enjoy this little twist. I believe this design will probably appeal more to men than to women, although a unisex version could be created if the size is kept on the smaller end, and feminine colors considered.
This design stands out because it is a new way of looking at LED watches.