Capacitor LED watch for fans of science fact or fiction.

Design submitted by Sam from Germany.

Sam says:  I played once more with digits that got stolen the center segment and thought about emphasizing the the void on the hardware level of the watch design. This is how the two columns of LEDs were made.

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At first those columns are seen as single information units but the way to read the watch is across the center gap which nobody will know when you show them the watch.

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I let the lights seem to originate from the bottom side of the casing, getting stronger on the top side and then suddenly stop. This bilateral design reminded me of a capacitor, and so the name was born. The over-the-edge design of the case in combination with the free center of its top face resulted in placing the necessary buttons between the LEDs.

The Capacitor LED watch is for fans of science fiction as well as science fact.

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16 thoughts on “Capacitor LED watch for fans of science fact or fiction.

  1. It’s a stunning look & right up my street. Excellent work.
    At first the digits were a little elusive, but as I squint my eyes it suddenly became apparent. Seeing through the gap is key & I think your ‘in motion’ effect of the circuit lines also help to close the gap.

    I have always liked your Zipr watch & this has some similarities. I cannot decide now which I like more. The digital element of this one, or the close knit of Zipr.

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    • Niiice, thank you 🙂

      The Zipr inspired me to make this one. And then I tried to be different to have a stand-alone design. Actually I also tried to be not too close to the Neutron, once I realized the similarity.

      I purposedly placed vertical lines in the gap to distract from the solution and now the motion blur of the LEDs helps a little… totally unplanned hehe.

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  2. Initially it impossible to read, but once you know how, easy. I had to look at the final image to get it, then wondered why I hadn’t seen it before. Great cryptic design.
    It is also one that is a great combination of display & case. Just the sort of design that TF needs in its catalog.

    My only question is around the a & b styles for the numbers. Are you giving these as options or are there certain circumstances when you intend to use one or the other?

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    • Thank you for the comment Nev!

      I’ve posted this watch on Colony a while ago and there appeared different preferences for the 0 and the 8. Argh I forgot to mention that in the description.

      Some people prefer logical numbers, that’s column a (0 = nothing, 8 uses the maximum of digits, like with normal LED numbers) and some prefer visual numbers (0 having a voluminous center area, 8 having a narrow one).

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  3. Wonderful design! I was unable to read it at first too, but after a while I grasped the concept. The function and form are well mixed together into this sci-fi watch. Good job Sam!

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  4. Nice looking design with just the right amount of cryptic-ness. I agree with Toky that it has a similar feel to zipr, which is one of my favs of your more recent stuff. This too has wrist real-estate available should it become real 🙂

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    • I’d also take the ZIPR, gimme gimme ^^ Sometimes designing brings you back to areas you visited already. It’s cool you like it. Thanks for commenting, Pete 🙂

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  5. This is a great looking watch. I too was rather stumped when I first looked at the display, but then it hit me. Incredibly cool. I’ll definitely be near the front of the line if this becomes reality.

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    • The Capacitor has definitely reordered my LED-based watch wishes on TF [please TF, please m -_- m ]
      As far as the ZIPR is concerned I’d say it’s an inside-out ZIPR because of the ‘gap’ between the 2 arrays (as if you’ve pulled them together and then some more…). The narrow end of each LED holder as one moves outward in addition to the LED array alignment can be used to create cute animations/skylines…
      I can’t help but wonder( *_^ how it would be if you could switch the 2-button-interface for a (darkened) touch-based display.

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