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Tokyoflash's Kisai Stencil watch: telling the time with negative space

Tokyoflash's latest Kisai watch is the Kisai Stencil, based on a concept design submitted by a math teacher named Heather Sable. It uses "negative space" to draw the numbers, a display that is cryptic at first but is easy to read at a glance once you've figured out the knack of it.

I found that I had a knack for creating read-at-a-glance designs with cryptic looking, yet easy to read digits. I designed the digits for this concept by starting with rectangular shapes, and cutting out unnecessary pieces using line segments and dots. By arranging them into four quadrants with some connecting lines, the display appears to be just a bunch of stencilled in lines and dots, while if you read the background, you can see the digits clearly.

When I got an email from Tokyoflash telling me they were interested in this design, I was absolutely elated. I had a huge smile on my face for the entire day. Now that I see how my concept has been brought to reality as Kisai Stencil, I am super-excited. The fact that Tokyoflash decided to emboss the digits I created on the strap fits so perfectly with the fact that I am a Math Teacher - of course there are numbers on my watch strap!

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Cube-faced LCD watch

TokyoFlash's new 3D Unlimited watch is a mirror-backed LCD watch with an EL backlight that displays time as faces on a cube. I'm inordinately fond of this kind of slightly impractical time-display, a kind of unapologetic use of time as ornament in a world where we all have network-synched clocks in our pockets.

Made of high quality polished stainless steel, Kisai 3D Unlimited has an adjustable strap making it suitable for small and large wrists. It is also a light watch design and at only 8.5mm is one of the thinnest designs available from Tokyoflash Japan. The watch uses a standard CR2016 watch battery which will last at least 12 months and can be replaced easily.

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Kisai Traffic: telling the time with stylized animated traffic-maps

The latest gloriously impractical Kisai watch from TokyoFlash is the Traffic, a watch that displays the time as an animated traffic map -- the $170 LED-watch recharges with USB.

Kisai Traffic

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HOWTO make a steampunk binary game watch

This Instructable guides you through the process of building a watch that has it all: steampunk case, temperature/range sensing, 16-bit drawing app, breakout, and binary/analog/digital display. Cost of materials runs about $250, and source for the Arduino controller is free.

Arduino Watch Build Instructions

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TokyoFlash Broke Watch: telling time with shattered, animated stained glass

The TokyoFlash folks have a new crazy-ass watch out, the Broke, which tells time by displaying an animation of a shattered piece of stained glass. The bright screen must be pretty battery-intensive because they've added USB recharging, which is pretty nifty.

Reading the time couldn't be easier. Touch the button and a shattering animation will light up the display. The outer ring of blocks represent hours in the same position as hours on a clock face. The inner ring of blocks represents five minute intervals in the same position as minutes on a clock face. Four single minutes are shown in the center.

Kisai Broke USB charging LED watch

Previously: Kisai Tenmetsu: TokyoFlash's new skinny OLED watch Radio Active watch from Tokyo Flash TokyoFlash Nekura watches TokyoFlash Tibida LED watch -- with binary mode! Three being given ... TokyoFlash's "Infection" watch tells time on an electronic Petri ... Crazy TokyoFlash watch: the Pimp Watch Binary LED watch from TokyoFlash Read the rest

Tokyoflash watch winners

We'd like to extend our thanks to those of you who have given generously to charity this year; three of those who did so, and who correctly answered a challenge, were selected by our pals at Tokyoflash to get a gift of their choice from their wonderful catalog of bizarre watches. Watch winner Thomas Smartwood donated to the Salvation Army and the public library in Des Moines; Sean Corbett donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Chris Haigy donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York. Read the rest

Tokyoflash Christmas giveaway: three weirderful watches!

Here's a great chance to brighten up your hours and minutes for 2010 - Tokyoflash is giving BB readers the chance to win the watch of their choice.

To get one, you must do two things.

• First, give a donation to any charity. $50 is a good amount, but give what you can.

• Second, answer the following question: "what's the name of the holiday celebrated in Japan from January 1st?" and email your answer to BB at tokyoflash.com. Three winners will be selected at random on Friday. Read the rest

LED Chaser

Now back to your regularly scheduled nifty, blinky things. Like these LED-enhanced false eyelashes designed by artist Soomi Park. They're hooked up to a motion sensor, so as you tilt your head in different directions, they turn on and off.

Thanks to Chris Tackett at Treehugger!

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New Chronulator clock kit spawns cigar-box clock

ShareBrained Technology, makers of the wild and wooly Chronulator clock kit, have released a new version of their product. Chronulator is an electronics kit that lets you build arbitrarily weird electronic clocks, from TokyoFlash-style digital numbers to whacky analogue ones that use dials, wheels or other readouts to display the time. John Park from Make tested the kit by building this handsom little fella inside a Romeo and Julieta cigar box.

Chronulieta cigar box clock

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Kisai Keisan: Tokyoflash's bulbous LED watch

Tokyoflash, purveyors of fine eye-candy for your wrist, has hit another homerun with their latest LED watch, the Kisai Keisan, which uses long convex lenses to diffuse the LEDs underneath, producing a striking effect. And lest you fear that this watch is uncharacteristically simple to read, fear not: "Simply touch the button and digits will appear in four vertical lines. Add the digits in each vertical line to read the time. The date is displayed in the same way after the time. The time and date can be accelerated by pressing button A again."

Kisai Keisan

Previously:

Kisai Tenmetsu: TokyoFlash's new skinny OLED watch - Boing Boing TokyoFlash's "Infection" watch tells time on an electronic Petri ... TokyoFlash Tibida LED watch -- with binary mode! Three being given ... TokyoFlash Nekura watches - Boing Boing Radio Active watch from Tokyo Flash - Boing Boing Binary LED watch from TokyoFlash - Boing Boing Read the rest

Fur-faced LED watch

TokyoFlash has brought out its long-awaited "Waku" watch, a super-thin LED watch that uses a wide variety of textiles for the face, creating an unbroken loop with the band. You can customize the LED colours, too. We saw a prototype of these when we were in Tokyo in September, and my wife, an avowed non-watch-wearer, was absolutely taken with the "fur" version.

Waku

Previously:

Kisai Tenmetsu: TokyoFlash's new skinny OLED watch - Boing Boing TokyoFlash Tibida LED watch -- with binary mode! Three being given ... Radio Active watch from Tokyo Flash - Boing Boing TokyoFlash's "Infection" watch tells time on an electronic Petri ... TokyoFlash Nekura watches - Boing Boing Read the rest

Kisai Tenmetsu: TokyoFlash's new skinny OLED watch

TokyoFlash, my preferred vendor of crazy, addictive, nonsensical high-tech LED watches, has just launched the Kisai Tenmetsu, a super-thin OLED-based watch that flashes and transitions between three colors to display the time using a perverse and delightful system ("Red LEDs indicate 15 units, amber LEDs indicate 5 units and green LEDs indicate 1 unit, a combination of which present hours, minutes, months and date.").

Kisai Tenmetsu

Previously:

TokyoFlash Tibida LED watch -- with binary mode! Three being given ... TokyoFlash Nekura watches - Boing Boing TokyoFlash's "Infection" watch tells time on an electronic Petri ... Radio Active watch from Tokyo Flash - Boing Boing Binary LED watch from TokyoFlash - Boing Boing Crazy TokyoFlash watch: the Pimp Watch - Boing Boing Read the rest

TokyoFlash Nekura watches

TokyoFlash's new Nekura series watches are awfully handsome (even if they're disappointingly easy to read!) -- I'm especially fond of this little puppy, known as the Tumbler. Wheels within wheels!

The Nekura series breathes fresh life into traditional time telling and is certain to be a fashion trend this season. Tumbler features a rotating disc effect, similar to that of a combination lock, with a vivid white dial beneath black glass and inscribed numerals which rotate to present the time.

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TokyoFlash's "Infection" watch tells time on an electronic Petri dish

The masters of impractical high-tech wristware at TokyoFlash have pulled off another coup of LED wristwatch madness with the Infection watch, which uses seething colored LEDs to simulate a dancing Petri dish (and tell the time):

Twenty-seven multi-colored LEDs pulsate and move like cells across the curved face to present the time from beneath the attractive mirrored mineral crystal lens.

Finished with a matching leather band and stainless steel clasp, this is a flashy look that’s sure to get you noticed.

Twelve red LEDs indicate hours, eleven yellow LEDs represent the progression of time in groups of five minutes and four green LEDs show single minutes.

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Winners of Tokyoflash Tibida watch giveaway -- 1100 yen discount to Boing Boing readers on all watches

TokyoFlash has picked the winners in last month's giveaway of three Tibida watches to Boing Boing readers, and as a consolation prize, they're offering an 1100 yen ($11, 7 Euros or 5 British pounds) discount to readers who buy watches at the store from 6th March 2008 to 13th March 2008 -- just use the coupon-code BOING when you check out.

Congrats to Ryan Booth, Jeremy Stuart, and Any!

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TokyoFlash Tibida LED watch -- with binary mode! Three being given away gratis

TokyoFlash sent me one of their Tibida watches to play with in January. I've been buying TokyoFlash watches for years; they embody the perfect intersection of style, impracticality and blinky lights to tickle my nerdbuttons. The Tibida is no exception.

The face is a grid of circular white discs, each over a white LED. The watch has three modes: hours (hour is spelled out as a number on the bottom grid, minutes are approximated on the 12 lights on top), minutes (vice-versa) and binary (a fine update to the traditional binary LED watch).

I'm a clockwatcher, so I like having a little cognitive load associated with checking the time -- it slows me down and makes me recognize when I'm checking the clock (again).

TokyoFlash is giving away three Tibida watches to Boing Boing readers: just email the name of the holiday that's celebrated in Japan on March 14th, and email your answer to boing@tokyoflash.com. Three winners will be selected at random on Thursday March 6th 2008.

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