Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s a bad idea to strap a live hand grenade to your wrist (or any part of your person, for that matter). I’d especially be wary of one that’s making a subtle ticking noise.
I’ll just start out by saying this: I’m a sucker for cool digital clocks. And this one is a real doozy. UK designer Duncan Shotton’s Digimech clock may look like an LED or LCD timepiece on the surface, but it’s actual a complicated mechanical contraption that creates a 7-segment digital illusion.
A series of cryptic looking numeric black on white segments are printed on vertical sliders which gradually move into position within a black masking box to reveal the current time.
If actually being able to tell what time it is lists low on your wristwatch priorities, then have I got a watch for you. The EleeNo Cyber is the latest in a long line of non-standard LCD digital watches to surface in the last few years.
These unusual watches feature a disproportionately long face, with a bunch of little circular portals which somehow add up to show the current time.
I don’t know what it is, but I’m a real sucker for Nixie tube clocks. There’s something about the soothing orange glow tubes that offer a simple, yet elegant way to display any numeric information. I hadn’t seen a design that really caught my eye in a while, when I stumbled onto this wooden beauty.
The clock features a set of dramatic surface-mounted Nixie tubes which peek through the front of the warm reddish African Sapele wood case.
The only thing keeping me from putting one of these clocks on my mantle is the fact that it’s only sold as a kit.
If you spent way too many hours of your childhood trying to solve that infuriating Rubik’s Cube, now you can have a constant reminder of your frustration every single morning when you wake up.
This Rubik’s-inspired clock takes the basic design concept of the classic cube puzzler, and turns it into an LCD digital alarm clock.
The latest funky electronic timepiece to surface from watch importer TokyoFlash – the Oberon SS is a real stunner. Not only does the watch feature a new way to tell time, it looks damn good doing it.
The Oberon SS tells time using a series of concentric bright blue LED rings.
This oversize wristwatch conceals a little secret beneath its flip-top. Just pop it open, and you’ll reveal a fully-functional multimedia mobile phone inside.
Under the hood of the U200i mobile phone wristwatch dwells a quad-band (unlocked) GSM phone, complete with a 1.3MP
This wouldn’t be the first time I saw an alarm clock that could play MP3 tracks, but it is the first one I’ve come across that can play movies after it wakes you up.
JWD’s pint-sized MP3 media player has a compact 2.0-inch
While this wouldn’t be the first time that I came across a clock that tells time with text, it’s certainly the most wordy version that I’ve seen.
Singapore designer Hans Tan created the Idea of a Clock II using a green LED bulletin board to display the current time using a lengthy textual description.
Who among us really likes being awakened from a deep slumber by a jarring alarm buzzer? Sure, you could get yourself a clock radio or MP3 alarm clock and play some Enya or Kenny G to ease into the day, but who really wants to listen to that?
This has got to be one of the most amazing clock designs I’ve ever seen. At first glance, the display looks like a bunch of random matchsticks, but over time, they gradually transform into words that tell the time.
Conceived by Dutch industrial designer Christiaan Postma, the clock goes beyond the simple dial and number paradigms we’re all used to seeing, and really thinks outside of the box.
A while back, I showed you guys a pretty cool looking OLED watch from the fashion house of Diesel. That model was especially difficult to come by, and featured a tiny little monochrome blue OLED screen .
I’m absolutely bonkers for these gorgeous new digital clocks from British industrial designer Theo Williams. The LEXON Jet series of clocks feature a bold electroluminescent backlit dot matrix display that’s really really easy to read.
In addition to telling time, day and date, the Jet wall clock also features a temperature display and an alarm.
Here’s a clock for people who are perpetually tardy, and want to stay that way. All of the digits on the dial of this wall clock have fallen off of the face, causing a major numeric pile-up at the bottom.
While Nextime’s Fallen Numeral clock does have a functional time mechanism, it really couldn’t give a damn about the actual time.
When I came across the Life Clock a few days back, I thought that the idea of a clock that gradually ticked away the years of your life was a wee bit morbid. Here’s another timepiece that’ll have you thinking even more happy thoughts.
Artist Gianni Motti’s Big Crunch clock is gradually counting down the approximately five billion years we have left until the sun blows up.
These LED watches may be brand new, but they draw at least some of their inspiration from those tacky 1980s slap bracelets. You know, those stupid flexible wristbands covered in leopard prints or zebra stripes that came flat, but you had to slap onto your wrist to wear.
The Time-It series of watches is designed for active types, wrapped in a flexible waterproof silicone case that snaps to curl around your wrist just like those wacky relics from the days of big shoulder pads and even bigger hair.