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Glyph LCD watch: The time hidden in plain sight.

Design submitted by Sam from Germany.

Sam says: The idea for GLYPH came when thinking about mirror LCD. The term itself became inspiration for this concept.

I mirrored the four classical digits twice, once horizontally and then once vertically. The resulting digits are point symmetric and look like glyphs from an unknown language, terrestrial or from outer space. There are actually four modes to mirror the digits that result in symmetric digits.

All these modes require the same LCD segment layout so I suggest to let the wearer chose via button, which one to display.

The reading rule is: concentrate on one of the 4 corners and find the well known number within the glyph.

A random mode, which changes the mirroring mode each minute, would be a good challenge for those who like it a bit more difficult. For those, who like it cryptically looking but quicker to read, a quick-solve-button would be wise.

Of course I am suggesting mirror LCD for the display and a metallic case – so everything fits together.

28 thoughts on “Glyph LCD watch: The time hidden in plain sight.”

  1. Interesting, I can see you enjoy experiment and play with numbers! The digits look like prehistory symbols… or may be code from ancient extraterrestrial alien… well done, 5*!

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  2. you and numbers, hope you have many more ways to confuse us all hehe. I like how you have multiple ways of reading this one. 5/Y

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    1. Oh there are many way out there :) It’s fun. Yes, I couldn’t decide for one reading so I took all 4. An LCD watch could carry them all and show them via button press or randomly (extra challenge). There are some times that can be confused, when you don’t know the mirror mode, but with another press of a button, it could all be cleared up. As I said: fun hehe. Thank you for the comment Kraut!!

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  3. Sam, I sense there is influence of Ancient Chinese charather or Chinese Font in this watch! Very clever!

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    1. Hehe, thanks for the comment! These glyphs are real kanji actually: 田口十工中! The rest have a nice resemblance. Maybe that attract more chinese and japanese people. For all who like kanji, I’m working with kanji in my Kaku (画) concept soon.

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  4. Clever! I didn’t think I was going to understand it at first (judging by the cover image) but it’s actually fairly simple :) 5*, keep up the stellar work.

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    1. Thank you Jordan! That’s the toykoflash effect. BTW, referring to our converation, you can see, this is one of my most simple watch geometries (yet) and I’m concentrating on the display idea this time. Seems to work so far, since noone complained hehe. So realism is not necessarily the main goal. But it’s fun to see a realistic looking concept, no doubt. I’ll try to keep it up :)

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      1. While I’m here, I just noticed a potential flaw with this design… 8′s could be read as 6′s, 3′s or 7′s… or many characters really. Still worthy of 5* though.

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      2. Nono :) The 8s are just fine. A quadruple 6 (or 7 or 3) looks different. BUT there are similaritities. A top left 6 looks like a bottom right 9. But then you must have all 4 numbers in trouble to not be able to read the exact time. In such a case the solve button (yay, anti-trouble invention!) helps. I think some individual numbers, different from the traditional LCD style would help here.

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  5. Very true Sam :)

    Since you mentioned complaining, the “7″ in 07:46 in this picture: http://www.tokyoflash.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/sam-jerichow-glyph-04.jpg is a little bit higher than the other characters ;) Just teasing, obviously.

    Once my render finishes (30 hours and counting), I plan to send in my newest design to the nice people at TF. I’ll also send you the image files if you’re interested to see what your insight has brought to the table.

    This Tokyoflash design “Challenge” may have been misnamed; if you ask me, it’s more of a Tokyoflash design Collaboration, but that’s just my opinion :)

    PS. Tokyoflash staff, if you’re reading this, I LOVE the new Sweet Captcha rather than the ReCaptcha :D

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    1. Oh yeah hehe, something went wrong there :B

      I’ll look at your picture later today, looking forward to it.

      For me it IS a collaboartion ;D

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    2. Nice to hear you are working on a little something Jordon! its been a little while hasnt it?
      I have to agree about the collaboration or should it be celebration? I always look forward to seeing what have been added each morning, so exciting and never grows old. Look forward to seeing your submission, best of luck! :D

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      1. Thanks kindly Pete! I left the blog for a while due to school and such but now that it’s summer, I’m back! Collaboration, celebration, cooperation… All can be used to describe the excitement of the TF blog :)

        Thanks to the kind and helpful people here on the blog, I’ve managed to hone my 3ds Max skills considerably and I think you’ll notice my next submission will be noticeably better than my other 3d renders.

        Hope to see some luck going your direction Pete. About time you got a Concept to Reality out into the world, isn’t it? There certainly isn’t a shortage of wonderful Pete designs :)

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      2. Thats one of the nice things also is seeing peoples skillz and ideas improve with each submission, some at a very impressive rate too.
        Thanks for the luck Jordon! I have my fingers and toes crossed permanently x^^x which makes walking and typing difficult! lol
        I keep hoping there is a booby prize (I hope thats an internationally recognised term lol) for submitting god knows how many designs. I live in hope! Thanks for the compliment :D

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  6. I know, it’s easy to criticize, but without criticism, no advance?
    Why complicate complicating, I prefer when the figures are invented, this is a point of view.
    I’ll still note 5 * and Yes, because the “reflexion” is there, dare I say?

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    1. Comprehensible point you mention there and totally ok Patrick! I think some less traditional numbers would make this display idea a little more creative, don’t you think? Thanks for the rating anyway :D

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    1. Naw you pick one ;) I think if the display is capable of doing it, multiple options should be offered. Makes the fun last a li’l longer. Thank you for the support Heather!

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  7. It’s a nice and simple little idea that didn’t go too bad I think. Thank you all for commenting and rating. I like when it looks OMG WTH and it’s a piece of pie actually ;) But I like many things so stay alert!

    Best regards from Germany,
    Sam

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  8. At 1st I thought that the time-telling method is way too complex, but we would end up with learning the 10 new digits as a whole and forget to extract the good #. I like the simple overall look. 5* and I would buy.

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