KEYSAY-6

Keysay watch design inspired by keyboard symbols.

Design submitted by Jose from Spain.

Jose says: I could say that this idea came to me after exciting reading about the machine “Enigma”, developed by the Germans to encrypt their messages during II World War, or has been the result of using a metalanguage as Leetspeak, or such once a strange code suggested by a science fiction movie, but none of this would be true. The truth, is that the idea came accidentally to stay absorbed looking at the mini keyboard of my Macbook; suddenly, there it was, the first line of keys, and above each number a symbol, and thus the ¡1 to 0!.

I am new in this Blog and as a follower of the advanced designs shown on TF, I understood that this combination of numbers and symbols could be used it to create a new way to present time and accept the Design challenge of TF.

So, I got down to work (my first project as an amateur) to design more than a conventional watch. For several months I was working on the design of the case and the display…, the typeface…, the colors…, I learned how to work with a 3D program…, materials…, finally, after nearly a year of effort and tests, today, I am able to present the challenge to TF and encourage those who have a dream or an idea in this context, to participate in this search for the original and extraordinary.

Let me introduce “KEY SAY” WATCH.

To design “KEY SAY” WATCH, I used a simple geometry, almost elemental, functional, versatile and compact. I mean technology better suited to this type of watch is the “touch screen” similar to that used in the “smartphones” but may consider other alternative technologies that work well. “KEY SAY” WATCH can be evolved at various levels, but for now is just a watch that has initially the following features:

Hours, minutes and seconds

Day of week, day, month and year

Mode time in 12 or 24 hours

Moon Phases and time display mode “AM”

Rotate screen

Chronometer…

By default, the display information is done with the symbols shown in the attached images, and of course this does not mean that the user has to learn this “new code”, fortunately, now in almost every household there a computer with your conventional keyboard, so we are quite familiar with these symbols and their meaning unconsciously, by that, I think with minimal practice does not have to touch the screen of your “KEY SAY” WATCH to display the translation numbers and read the time correctly. This code of 10 symbols work like a computer screensaver, when you touch the screen goes to the background and after a specified time (for the case of the watch estimated at about 10 seconds) is turned back on. This feature makes it unique screensaver presentation time can be disabled or enabled by the user if you do not want your watch to be the focus of attention between your friends and subject of conversation to casual observers.

“KEY SAY” WATCH initially, does not present conventional time reading, but it does show a urban personality, contemporary and cosmopolitan, more or less sporty depending on the materials used for manufacturing (steel, rubber, aluminium, acetate, … etc..), I think the kind of audience that may be interested, is among the professionals, technicians or attracted by technology, trends and fashion, between 28 and 45, dynamic and enterprising men and women.

There are several features that can make a “KEY SAY” WATCH unique, but perhaps the “Rotate screen” (do not confuse with the “accelerometer” sensor of mobile or graphics tablets), is the feature that makes it special. Most watches are designed for use on left or right wrist, and in each instance, this implies a change in the physical design of the watch. This feature solves this problem because used by a right handed person or left-handed, or when the user ever decide to change the watch to his right wrist, you just touch the rotation symbol on the screen and automatically it rotates 180 degrees while keeping all its functionality and appearance.

My apologies for the extension the submission and use the Google Translator.

I really enjoyed developing this project and hope to soon show others that I’m working. Hope you enjoy watching.

Thank you very much for your support.

An animation is available to watch (.mov, 1.1MB)

71 thoughts on “Keysay watch design inspired by keyboard symbols.”

  1. Nice idea using symbols that already have a know association. Great graphics and nice styling for a first submission (welcome to the blog Jose) I think the reveal mode is a sensible feature, even tho I use a keyboard eveyday Im not convinced I would learn all the symbols consiously or sub-consiously lol.
    In summary, great first submission, support worthy, 5/Y Best of luck! :D

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  2. A lot of nice features to this with the moon phases, days of week, rotate etc

    One thing to remember is different countries have different keyboard symbols on those keys. Not that it really matters for the watch though.

    My top row is like this:
    normal key: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 – =
    Press Shift: ! @ #$ %^& * ( ) _+

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    1. Onisan Hello,
      Yes, you’re right that there are different symbols and keyboards in different countries but this is a feature that may be chosen if KEYSAY from concept to reality.
      Thank you very much for your comment, for your time and your support.
      Regards

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  3. Neat renderings! Very good concept (I like the idea, and I think its geeky in re freshly cool way), very good watch design (the watch face is unique, matches with the strap, combined gives the entire design quality look and stylish casual feels).

    I like how you present the idea, showcase from different angles, different poses, I think they are like laszlo work combined with Sam Berlin’s.

    I’m impressed with the entire works. You are pure designer with passion instead of just mere competition hunter. Salutation. 5* and yes would buy!

    (ppl rated less than 4* with no reason sure wr jealous)

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    1. Hi Firdaus
      Thank you very much for your comments, for your time and your support.
      You really are very friendly.
      Regards

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  4. Beautiful graphics Jose, but I’d prefer a much easier, more elegant way of telling the time. Look forward to seeing your next submissions. ;)

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      1. Hi Mushy
        Thank you very much for your comments, for your time and your support.
        I take note for next submissions.
        Regards

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  5. A little difficult to read without a keyboard nearby, but the look and 3D work deserves a 5 * and Yes, good job!

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  6. Wow – fantastic first design, Jose! I really like the overall feel of this watch. I think the keyboard coding is an excellent idea. I would like to see the option of ordinary numbers, too. In fact, I like this watch more for the casing and band rather than the keyboard concept. If I had one, I don’t think I’d be using the symbols much. There’s another issue with this – which may be cool to some – in that, all those symbols together often symbol swear word censorship.

    Great job – 5* from me!

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    1. Hello Dzign555
      Thank you very much for your comments, for your time and your support.
      Good thing about this concept (keyboard), is that you can activate it or not, and the images and the video above you can see some examples with numbers.
      On the other hand, I think the “words of censorship” only can last a second in my humble opinion.
      Regards

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  7. Thank you very much for posting this concept TF.
    For me, today is one of the best days of my life.
    Thank you very much for your support.

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  8. Awesome first submission Jose, like the idea of using keyboard symbols to display the time with. 5/Y :)

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    1. Hello Krautesh
      Thank you very much for your comments, for your time and your support.
      You are really very kind.
      Regards

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  9. Welcome to the blog Jose!

    Very nice idea! It’s contemporary, cryptic, decypherable (and if not, we learn it and know our keybords better then). In my country it’s

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
    ! ” § $ % & / ( ) =

    If the display can show all the symbols anyway, it would be super easy to let it be adjustable for every country. Besides the keysay display (cooooool name!) I like the additional elements that make the display a bit more busy and informative. I also like the basic shape of the watch. The proportions don’t seem perfect for me but hey, that would be in Tokyoflash’s hands if they decide to produce this watch. Good luck for this nice way to encrypt time!

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    1. Hello Sam
      Thank you very much for welcoming, for your comments, your time and your support.
      Very kind
      Regards

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  10. A fresh and interesting idea, Jose! 5* for the idea and all the excellent renders (and movie!) but it’s not a watch for my wrist :)

    Congrats on an excellent first submission to the blog!

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  11. good job,
    i like this watch a lot. i think it’s a very nice design with easy shapes, not too strange, not too simple, not too eye-catching, not too serious… very balanced to wear any day.
    i like the symbols language, it’s funny and if your watch is stolen maybe the thief would think it doesn’t work :P
    congratulations jose, hope to see it done

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    1. Hello Dani
      Thank you very much for your comments, for your time and your support.
      You are really very kind. I wish the same.
      Regards

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  12. Hola Jose realmente me parece un diseño muy bonito y lo de los simbolos es muy imnovador
    felicidasdes,cuando lo sacan al mercado para poder ponerme en espera para comprarlo?

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    1. Hola Alberto,
      Muchas gracias por tu comentario. Ojalá que Tokyo Flash considere la producción de este proyecto.
      Muchas gracias por tu tiempo y apoyo.
      Un cordial saludo

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  13. Jose me encanta tanto el diseño como el colorido.Es muy innovador, mereces la nota más alta (5).Mucha suerte y felicidades.

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    1. Hola Andrés,
      Muchas gracias por tu comentario.
      Eres muy amable por la valoración que haces del diseño.
      Gracias por tu tiempo y apoyo.
      Un cordial saludo

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  14. Spectacular diseño ,la posivilidad de intercaviar los simbolos y numerico lo hace imnovador
    un 5 estrellas parati
    Mucha suerte

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    1. Hola Alber,
      Eres muy amable por la valoración que haces del diseño.
      Gracias por tu tiempo y apoyo.
      Un cordial saludo

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  15. jose manuel Excelente apoteosico apocaliptico,algo diferente en el mundo de los relojes te mereces un 10 pero solo te puedo dar la masima puntuacion un 5.Muchisima suerte

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    1. Hola Sukasardi,
      Muchas gracias por tu comentario.
      Tal vez se convierta en realidad. Gracias por tu tiempo y apoyo.
      Un cordial saludo

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    1. Hola Sandra,
      Muchas gracias por tu comentario.
      Tal vez se convierta en realidad. Gracias por tu tiempo y apoyo.
      Un cordial saludo

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    1. Hi Bea
      Thank you very much for your comment, for your time and support.
      Without your participation this project would not be where it is.
      Maybe a reality
      Regards

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  16. It is a truly original model, I think anyone with a bit of interest in watches, you will like this model. Of course, I’ll buy. Congratulations on a job well done.

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    1. Hi Iria
      Thank you very much for your comments, for your time and support.
      Without your participation this project would not be where it is.
      Maybe a reality
      Regards

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    1. Hi Jorge
      Thank you very much for your comment, for your time and support.
      Without your participation this project would not be where it is.
      Maybe a reality
      Regards

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    1. Hola Crischispa,
      Muchas gracias por tu comentario.
      Tal vez se convierta en realidad. Gracias por tu tiempo y apoyo.
      Un cordial saludo

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    1. Hola Beabego,
      Muchas gracias por tu comentario.
      No sabría decirte como surgen este tipo de ideas, a veces es casualidad o accidente, otras, es algo buscado e intencionado y también cabe la posibilidad de que no tengas un motivo único definid. En cualquier caso, lo bueno de los conceptos es que puedes imaginar (hasta donde el límite de tu imaginación te imponga) lo que quieras y si se convierte en realidad ¡¡no te digo nada!!.
      Gracias por tu participación, tu tiempo y apoyo.
      Un cordial saludo

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  17. La asociación de los símbolos con los números o con otro tipo de claves es algo excitante que se ha utilizado para encriptar mensajes a lo largo de nuestra historia en acontecimientos que tienen y tuvieron mucha relevancia. Sin lugar a dudas un modo de hacer un pequeño gran homenaje a esos momentos que marcan nuestra vida y como el tiempo lo marca el reloj… ¿Qué mejor forma de hacerlo? Marca tu tiempo… marca tu vida… Enhorabuenaaa!!!

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    1. Hola Juan,
      Muchas gracias por tu filosófico comentario.
      Gracias a tu participación puede que este momento quede marcado para siempre y el concepto se convierta en realidad. Gracias por tu tiempo y apoyo.
      Un cordial saludo

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  18. Welcome to the blog, Jose.

    About the watch : The overall look is ok. I don’t like the idea to use these special symbol as a time-telling method. I like the normal number.

    Now the positive stuff : I like the idea to add the weekday, the moon phase, the rotate feature and to have the date/month/year always on. ( which are new/rarely feature on TF watches )

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    1. Hi Makkovik
      Thank you very much for welcoming,
      Thank you very much for your comments, for your time and for your support.
      Without your participation this project would not be where it is.
      Maybe a reality
      Regards

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  19. I would like to close this entry, thanking TokyoFlash Japan Product Design Studio, the opportunity to show this work in an area of design that attracts me especially.
    And of course, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to see, appreciate and support this concept, without your participation, today I will not feel so proud to have accepted the challenge proposed by TokyoFlash.
    See you in the next submission.

    Until then … Enjoy!

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