Rounding out today’s look at somewhat geeky watches, the Black Dice Industries Guru watch is another one that’s encrusted with LEDs in a peculiar, eye-bending pattern. Comes in gold (by which I mean gold plate), black (by which I mean black power) and silver (by which I mean pixie dust). Water resistant to 50 meters. £125. [GT]
You know the joke where you’re holding a drink, and someone asks what time it is, and you turn over your wrist and spill your drink? If you had a catapult watch you could then launch a barrage of BBs in retaliation. Available in black or silver, it also comes with a free supply of ammo. Great for your next meeting (if you want to get fired — hey, maybe your contract has good severance). See it in action after the jump. $49. [GT]
Somewhat resembling a prop from Venture Bros., the Tokyoflash 1000100101 binary watch uses a combination of coloured LEDs to represent the date, hours and minutes. Green and red show the hours, and green and yellow show the minutes. The strap is carbon fibre with a leather back. ¥13,900. [GT]
Shape Memory Alloys expand or contract depending on whether you superheat or supercool them, and when they return to normal temperature, they retain the changes. Philips has the hot (or cool) idea of using SMAs as the base in clothing, meaning that instead of your having to wear a shirt that bags at the underarms or is too tight around the neck, one zap would make it fit you perfectly in both places, no tailoring required. The alloys would also be recyclable in more sophisticated ways than the typical hand-me-down method, not to mention that the clothes would simply last a lot longer. Fashionistas could get a discount for swapping in their old Manolos against a spiffy new pair, and know last season’s goods would be broken down into good-cause goo. [GT]
If you were actually working yesterday instead of skiving off and reading Tech Digest like you normally do, you would’ve missed my live-blog from yesterday’s New Media Knowledge Forum conference.