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Decode the Time Watch

By: on March 06, 2013
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I know I've said this before, but my cache of interesting stories is running dry so here we go again: someone recently told me that schools no longer teach kids to read analog clocks because kids all have digital watches and cell phones for determining the time now. I did not verify this information via Snopes or anything, but I believe it because that sounds about right for the underachieving, freeloading youth of today. I'm glad to see that Japan, a country that believes in both changing with the times and work ethic, isn't letting this intellectual indolence run unchecked. Instead of allowing wearers to passively read its output of digital time, the Kisai X cryptography-inspired LED wristwatch forces them to lube up their brains and decode it.

A mineral crystal pyramid lens houses the Kisai X's temporal designation--in this case, abstract LED line formations that glow the hours from top to bottom and minutes from left to right. Note: I do hope the watch includes a key to its highly stylized interpretation of Arabic numerals for those of us who have already done the whole elementary school thing and proven our worth to society. Because I can't decode a single number. Even after watching the animated example on Tokyoflash's Website, both while sober and high.

The Kisai X also includes decodable date and alarm functions, as well as an optionally-activated animation setting that alights the display in an Irish jig once every 10 minutes between 6:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. The watch's battery is USB rechargeable, with each full charge lasting around a month. As with most Tokyoflash timepieces, the Kisai X comes in an assortment of LED and band colors.

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