Before smartwatches, and even calculator watches, there was he Tessina. It's essentially a 35mm camera patented by Austrian chemical engineer Dr. Rudolph Steineck in Lugano Switzerland, and manufactured by Siegrist in Grenchen Switzerland. First introduced in 1957 and distributed by Steineck's company Concava S.A, it remained in production up to 1996. The watch takes 14x21 mm pictures on standard 35mm film (loaded into a special cassette), making it one of the few sub-miniature cameras to use the format. Each one is hand assembled from more than two hundred precision parts, and designed tot take 100,000-pictures. Click here to view more pictures of the Tessina. Continue reading for a video showing how the controls work and more information.
Forget smartwatches, Lenovo's C+ (or CPlus) is essentially a flexible smartphone / wearable hybrid that takes two very different forms. When extended, it's a normal smartphone, but fold it around your wrist, and the device becomes a smartwatch of sorts. No word yet on price or availability, but we can't imagine it being priced higher than its competitors. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
Researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed an innovative new ultra-flexible screen, based on inorganic-based laser lift-off (ILLO), that can be attached to the surface of your skin, fabrics or any other non-flat surfaces without becoming damaged. Practical applications include smartwatches and clothing with built-in displays for vital information (calories, etc.). Continue reading for another video on flexible displays and additional information. Click here for a few bonus images of an incredible DIY steampunk watch / MP3 player.
Pebble's Time Steel Smartwatch (certified refurbished) not only looks stylish, but it has an unparalleled battery that lasts up to 10 days between charges, all for $99.99 shipped, today only, originally $139.99. The new timeline interface respects that busy people want to get things done, and includes Pebble Health, a built-in activity and sleep tracker with daily reports as well as weekly insights. Product page. Continue reading for a full video review and more information.
Leatherman's Tread Bracelet was first announced last year, but now, it's finally available. Made from high-strength 17-4 stainless steel, this wearable features multiple individual links that perform two or three jobs each, giving you a total of 29 tools in 1. Some of the tools include: drivers, a cutting hook, box wrenches, a glass breaker, and the obligatory bottle opener. Product page. Continue reading for another video preview and more information.
Before other smartwatches, there was the Seiko T001, which basically linked a portable television receiver to a 1.25-inch LCD screen. It actually has 2 separate displays, with the one up top just for displaying the time, date and alarm features, while the lower is used for video output. However, each one also came with a Walkman-sized TV receiver that enabled you to choose from VHF / UHF channels or FM radio. Even back in 1982, this beauty retailed for $495 - around $1,232.30 today. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
Designer Jiwoong Jung from Seoul, South Korea, has unveiled his latest piece: "Hidden Time". It's basically a minimalist wristwatch that uses a gradient instead of an hour hand to display time, gradually becoming darker from one o'clock to twelve o'clock. Sure, this may not be the most practical watch out there, but will definitely turn some heads. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of mind-boggling oscilloscope art.
Imagine buying an extremely expensive watch as just a showpiece, rather than a functional timepiece. Introducing the "Playground Labyrinth" by Hautlence. Priced at $12K, this watch is basically an 18K gold maze with an extra-hard sapphire crystal "crown" to keep the platinum ball in place. To win the game, simply navigate the ball into one of the two tiny holes at which point the crown can be used to activate a small "mechanical lift" to reset the board. "Labyrinth is an old game that we have decided to bring back in a watch. What we are presenting here is a new vision of time and this new vision of time obviously doesn't show traditionally the time. We want people to disconnect and go [to] this dimension of time where you decide what you want to do," said Hautlence co-founder Sandro Reginelli. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when you pour molten copper on french fries.
Casio's "Tough Solar" Stainless Steel Fitness Watch goes anywhere, and is powered by light, all for $19.98, today only, originally $49.95. With 100M water resistance dual countdown timers for interval training 100-hour stopwatch and 5 daily alarms there's no denying this is one great workout companion. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.
We have seen the future of smart mobile devices, and they'll all have modular designs. In other words, you won't need to buy a separate watch or camera, just simply attach new modules. Hamed Sarfaraz's Flex Smartwatch consists of two flexible displays, and a camera module, which can all be used on their own. Continue reading to see the four different configurations and for more information.