At 30 large this isn’t a watch any of us mortals will be buying anytime soon, but the design of the Ressence Type 3 is fascinating enough that you’ll want to take a look. First off you’ll notice there’s no crown; all adjustments are made on the back of the watch, which is actually a series of concentric dials.
As if that wasn’t cool enough, take a close look at the display:
It practically looks like the graphics are projected onto that curved surface, no? Reading the description of how they pulled that off clues you in as to why the price tag is so lofty.
The indications and their mechanisms are mounted inside a bubble crafted from extremely tough, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The complication and indications follow the shape of the crystal. The mechanism (28 gears, 57 jewels) is enclosed in an upper compartment filled with a naphtha-type liquid that has a more similar index of refraction to the sapphire crystal than air does. Refraction bends light when it passes from one material to another, e.g. air-to-glass or glass-to-air. With the fluid-filled dial indications, refraction is greatly minimised, which tricks the brain into seeing the dial in two-dimensions rather than three. A thermal valve automatically adjusts for any expansion or contraction of the fluid.
The bulkiest parts are the battery riding on the right ear and the projector, though these things will presumably shrink over time. (On the battery front, have a look at LG Chem’s wire-like battery tech and UCLA’s developments in supercapacitors.) The image is bounced off of a prism and focused directly onto the wearer’s retina. Interestingly, the fine-tuning of the focus is apparently achieved in a primitive way: By physically adjusting the distance of the prism from the eye.
“The biggest challenge for Google will now be to make the Google Glass also usable for people with normal glasses,” writes Missfeldt. That’s no trivial matter, as by his reckoning that’s more than 50% of the population in some countries; by your correspondent’s observation, countries like South Korea and cities like Hong Kong have an insanely high percentage of children wearing eyeglasses.
“In this case the Google Glass has to be placed ahead of normal glasses—which doesn’t [work well]. Or Google has to manufactor [sic] individual customized prisms, but this would be considerably more expensive than the standard production.”
by Sabine Zetteler Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham comprise Patternity, the two-person powerhouse consulting on pattern-inspired projects of various scale all around the world. After meeting through mutual friends they quickly realized that despite their seemingly…
I always get excited to see an email from Portland’s MakeLike in my inbox. They’ve already nailed an awesome collection of nature-inspired wallpapers (Succulents, Cacti, Trees and Mushrooms), so now they’re moving on to something a bit more geometric. ’100 Things’ is a new hand-illustrated product line that is part of their Shapes Collection and it will include tea-towels, pillow cases and, to start, wallpaper. Hand-silkscreened using water-based inks, their latest wallpaper comes in blue, red, grey and paintable white. I love the idea of a wallpaper that’s designed to be colored-in. We saw a few of those pop up a few years back, but there haven’t been many new designs since. So this shape-filled canvas is a great idea for anyone who wants to get a little DIY with their wall designs. Stay tuned for the rest of the Shapes collection products, but in the meantime you can check out the wallpaper and order online right here. xo, grace
“Animals” is a project wich is based around five animal-photomanipulations… I have created five images: Raphael Hernandez, Big John, Travis Latham and the Carters…
The whole project took me two or three days to finish and I have to say that creating those images made a lot of fun although it wasn’t easy at some stages. (especially Travis needed his time)
BBC Future recently invited Conran’s Jared Mankelow to rethink the camera for their series on “redesigning the everyday,” Imagineering, in which “top designers rethink common objects and offer 21st Century solutions.” The Senior Designer at Sir Terence’s venerable company did away with the screen-based interface, hearkening back to the “retro joys of analogue photography”—namely, “that old-school feeling of waiting for your photographs to be developed before seeing how they turned out.”
Mankelow’s concept consists of a simple square, roughly the size of a Post-It pad, featuring a distinctive central aperture that serves as the lens and viewfinder, “with two rings at the front for the imaging sensors (black) and a ringflash (white).”
The square snapper may only be a mock-up—made by the UK’s Complete Fabrications—but it includes many of the attributes Mankelow would like in a finished product. Firstly there is the weight—the design’s reassuring heaviness harks back to the chunky character of models from the 1970s, when old-school film cameras arguably reached their golden age.
The lack of screen, of course, is the most radical departure from existing digital camera design. Noting the availability of wireless screens—smartphones, tablets, etc.—Mankelow has opted to relegate preview images to mobile devices via Bluetooth instead of in the camera itself. Not only does this add the element of surprise, as in film photography, but it also serves to reduce battery usage.