Design submitted by Peter from the UK.
Peter says: For a long time I have had the idea in the back of my head for a watch design that you could look through rather like a gun scope, this is probably partly inspired by one of Cory’s older designs called “Lock On”
The two issues I had with this idea were 1). I couldnt figure out how it would work and 2). would you look a little silly holding your wrist up to your eye like a poorly co-ordinated salute?
It was only recently that I realised that the solution could be using similar tech to heads up displays that now feature in some cars (as well as fighter planes) This would make the design more feasible, look less like a gun scope and not require the wearer to have to peer through a gun-scope like aperture.
The time is told by a hybrid digital/analogue format shown on a vertically mounted transparent display. This could be done in a number of ways: the first could be a transparent LCD like “spider” assuming that the packaging would allow an LCD in this orientation, and ideally a frameless free side to the glass. The second is using tech similar to heads up displays in cars and planes. They use lasers which illuminate special coatings on the inside of the windscreen or viewing glass (which is probably on the xpensive side) my suggestion if this priciple was used would be to have the segments painted in UV illuminated paint and then use blackight LEDs to illuminate the display. The third and possibly the simplest method would be to use the same priciple used on red-dot gun sights. They feature a bright LED array mounted at a slight angle infront and below the display that reflects on the glass reticle giving the impression of a floating display.
I have tried to show a couple of time telling methods using this priciple, the first (black and green watch) shows an analogue format with a cross-hair for the hours (the longest line of which points the hours) the minutes are shown by 60 segments in a ring. Seconds are shown by blocks at either side. The second version (silver and blue) shows a similar method but with the minutes in negative. The third (silver and red) shows a 12/5/9 format with the left blocks showing hours, ten minute groups shown by a digit in the centre and single minute blocks on the right.
The inspiration for this design is very industrial and a little bit military so will probably be more likey to temp the out door type of people. That said the technical aspect may temp people who like technology and futuristic products.
The heads up transparent display, angular industrial form and millitary inspiration sets this design apart from others.