Friday, March 02, 2007

Top 10 Strangest and Extraordinary Watches

Watches can be used for just about everything these days, from watching TV to learning Japanese, we’ve selected ten of the strangest (or coolest) for your enjoyment. Which ones are your favorites?

10. Linux-Powered Watch

Developed jointly by IBM and eMagin, this OLED Linux watch was ahead of its time. It basically had a host of PDA functions (phonebook, scheduler, picture viewer, etc.) and included a monochrome 640 x 480 VGA display.


9. TV Watch

Bored? Just turn this TV watch on. It features a 1.5″ Color TFT Display and is good for 1 hour of playtime when fully charged. When placed in the docking station you’ll get up to 3 hours of playtime. This watch weighs just 45g.


8. Talking Japanese Watches

This strange watch that not only tells time but teaches you Japanese as well. At the press of a button, you can activate a built-in speaker which responds with the time in Japanese.

7. Morse Code Wristwatch

This watch has a built-in speaker that refracts the sound off your wrist and sounds out the time in morse code. Plus, it can also display he time in morse code via LED’s.

6. Hitachi AirSense Watch

Anyone who needs to measure the humidity, barometric pressure, or vibrations in a room should consider Hitachi’s AirSense watch. Its basically a portable atmosphere monitor that can be worn on your wrist. Geared towards professionals, this watch can transmit data to a wireless receiver which is than used as part of a larger monitoring network. The Hitachi AirSense is available now in Japan at the price of $800.


5. Ultra-Violet Watch

Infinity Optic’s Ultra-Violet watch is like an optical illusion, you’ll see the same reflection many times over due to specially placed mirrors and electroluminescent coated hands.

“By using mirrors, the electroluminescent coated hands and dots reflect over and over again in an Infinitive manner“


4. High-Tech Army Wristwatch

Tadiran Communications has developed new video communication technology that delivers real-time images taken by helicopters on to a 3-inch LCD display This wristwatch-style receiver gives solidiers an aerial view of the battlefield with video beamed directly from drones at 30 frames per second. For $50,00, you’ll get a receiver, transmitter, and battery.

“V-Rambo shortens the amount of time it takes to identify and strike a target,” he claimed. “Before it was minutes, 10 to 12 minutes. Now it’s a matter of seconds.”


3. Backside Watch

The “Backside Watch” is an amusing piece designed by Open Concepts, its a watch that’s meant to be worn upside down.

“From one point of view this watch is not so comfortable for precise time measuring. If you put the watch on your hand and that brought you in good mood it means the life turned bright side to you!”


2. The Camera Phone Watch

Telson’s TWC 1150 is the world’s first camera phone watch. It supports a RUIM card which can be used in GSM phones for international roaming. Other features include, a 256 color LCD, plug-in camera, Infrared wireless earpiece, speakerphone, stopwatch, and planner.


1. Timeflex

Want to keep track of time but hate wearing bulky watches? Check out Timeflex, this nifty self-gumming watch sticks to your skin/clothes and can be rolled up like paper when not in use. Based on flexible screen technology, you control the menu via touchscreen. It’s powered by ultra small batteries that are invisible to the naked eye.

Honorable Mention -Louis Vuitton Twilight Watch

The Louis Vuitton Twilight Watch features 46 fluourescent blue sapphires on a mother of pearl dial to create a beautiful diamond studded silhouette of the Eiffel Tower that glows in the dark. It’s limited to just 20 pieces and available exclusively at the Champs-Elysees Paris store.

Honorable Mention - Seiko’s E-Ink Watch

Seiko’s remarkable watch features an e-ink display with touch sensitive buttons that are activated by simply pressing around the area. Its ultrathin and flexible design makes for a comfortable fit. The “Spectrum” is priced at $1,747.


Honorable Mention - Digital Photo Frame Watch

If you can’t leave home without your favorite photos, check out this digital photo frame watch. It lets you store up to 26 photos and view them on a 94 x 64 resolution 1-inch LCD display. Transfer files using an easy to use USB interface. Unfortunately, it’s only compatible with Windows 98/2000/ME/XP systems.




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