Jonathan Hodgins has prototyped and designed a new hackable digital watch equipped with inductive charging and more. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about this unique digital watch aptly named MechWatch.
The designer of MechWatch explained more about the inspiration behind the wrist worn wearable which is now available to back via Kickstarter with earlybird pledges available from £154 or roughly $200. “The MechWatch started as a desire to create a unique digital watch. This was accomplished by designing it from the circuit board up around a microcontroller and RTC, with the display as abstraction of a clock face. The case is designed to have smooth curves that meet in strong lines for a bold design. The circuit board is carefully designed, even taking into account the shape of the wires connecting the parts to reflect the overall design. For example, wires around the edge of the circuit board travel along concentric circles.”
The digital watch is equipped with a microcontroller making the behaviour of the watch customisable enabling owners to easily reprogram it to suit their exact needs and requirements and display visual signals using the LEDs on the watch face. Even though it may look tricky to tell the time due to its oblique presentation but once you know how it is fairly straightforward explains Jonathan. “Much like the face of a clock, there is an hour hand (white LEDs) and minute hand (green LEDs). Each of the hour and minute hands have 12 lights to point to 1-12 on the clock face. Because the minute hand can only move every 5 minutes, there are 4 LEDs to fill in the gaps. In the image below, the time shown is 9:41. In the main project image the time is 12:56.”
For more details and a list of all available pledges jump over to the official MechWatch Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign by following the link below.