Design submitted by Sam from Germany.
Sam says: “My idea comes from the code displays from the inspiring movie The Matrix. I really like these “raining” numbers and tried to make something similar for a wrist watch. I am not sure about the feasability. I can imagine an LED layer on top of a light-sheet. That light-sheet would have a highly reflective surface to provide a good readability during day time.
I tried to keep it simple – only black or blank space, no shades in between and only one color. If somehow possible, I’d like to have this display always on, so that there is a constant flow on your wrist. USB recharge would be very modern! There is a big display with flowing symbols. Some of them seem to be brighter – they show the time. I used chinese kanji as symbols (not katakana and numbers like in the movie) because there are so many (13.000 including traditional, simplified and radicals) and they have different “gray values”. There are kanji with a low gray value which appear dark on the display (the ones with a low stroke count) and there are kanji which look really bright (the ones with a high stroke count). While the kanji flow down the watch, I use the most dense kanji to form the four digits of the time display (or date). So if you know that there are the numbers, it is easy to read. You have to concentrate on the space between the thicker parts of the case. You don’t need the backlight at daytime, if it is bright.
Some ideas which would be nice: the ability to change to negative mode which is less energy consuming. You can set the always-on-display on or off to save energy when you are alone or to impress people when you are outside. You can set the flowing speed of the kanji. The screen part is about the half of the watch. The rest is a segmented strap wich can be adjusted according to your wrist. The material is brushed gunmetal in this concept.
This code display has inspired many other movies so I think this watch is best for sci-fi fans. Matrix fans might appreciate it. The watch is pretty geeky but not too offensive in my opinion, so it could suit both serious and casual occasions.
It has a big display wich is constantly changing (I hope that it is technically possible). I googled a long time and I didn’t find a watch which has something similar, so I believe there is no watch like this. I’m not sure though, I cannot imagine noone has had this idea before. If you google for yourself, watch out the “dot matrix watches” they are everywhere. Well, this watch looks strange and is easy to read, just like other watches… but different.”