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posted by Fnord666 on Monday June 07, @09:32AM   Printer-friendly
from the cuckoo-watch dept.

Do Wristwatches Get Any Better than a Cuckoo Clock?:

There are few better ways of asserting your independent spirit as a hardware hacker than by creating your own special timepiece. Even more so if the timepiece is a watch, particularly in this era of smartwatches. Few home-made timepieces though have come as near to wristwatch Nirvana as the cuckoo clock wristwatch from [Kiyotaka Akasaka], which we would venture to name as having won wristwatches. Nobody will top this one in the field of home-made clocks!

There is a short (35 second) video of it on YouTube.

What's the most unusual timepiece you've ever seen? Worn? Do you have a favorite?

My favorite is a Seiko Titanium Grand Sport that I bought about 15 years ago. It's not that unusual, but it is amazingly light-weight. It's a little small at 38mm but that size is fine for me.


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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Tork on Monday June 07, @03:59PM

    by Tork (3914) on Monday June 07, @03:59PM (#1142770)
    I have a smart watch because it more-or-less acts like a second monitor for my smart phone. I have a team of people working for me and I directly interface with the client. When I get a communication I get a tap on my wrist and I with a quick glance I can see what it's about. That's faster than getting my phone out, especially when I'm in the cramped quarters of a taxi or something. If I'm on foot I rarely notice my phone vibrating on my pocket so I did have a habit of constantly dragging my phone out to keep an eye on it... and honestly that's not too smart to do if you're on foot heading somewhere.

    For me (your mileage may vary...) this is a convenient way to keep up to date and the benefits are worthwhile. I wouldn't go as far as to call it a lifesaver (i.e. you CAN live without it just fine, it's more of a luxury) but I do credit the various smart watches I've owned for getting information timely and conveniently enough to prevent redundant work from happening. I mean if a client says: "stop working on this" every second past that that our team's working on it is just wasted $$$. Since I've trained myself to keep an eye on it it works as sort of like a HUD. I take pretty good advantage of todo lists, reminders, and alarms AND nobody ever hears a sound from my smart phone since the haptic feedback is what alerts me.

    Use what works for you, but for people like me these little devices are definitely worthwhile.
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