Saturday, April 28, 2007

Ship in a Watch

I came across this while reading up on ships in bottles. My initial reaction was, 'Hmmmm, they should put a little movement in there instead of a scale model of the USS Constitution, so that it might function as a pocket sized clock.'

Friday, April 13, 2007

iRiver S10 usb Bracelet

I've had good experiences with iRiver products. This recently surfaced on their .kr website. It's a usb bracelet that converts their bluetooth s10 mp3 player into a wrist-watch. Looks like they beat the Pierre Merlet media playing concept for Swatch, the Infinity, to the punch.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Casio Wrist Camera

This is the Casio WQV3D-8BNDL Color Wrist Camera. It saves 176x144 pixel JPEGS onto its 1MB built-in flash memory. Pictures can also be viewed on its 20mm square screen, while the watch's oveall measuremens are rather large at 51mmx43mmx16mm. It connects to a computer via usb or IR and also features, time, stopwatch, calendar, and alarm functions. These days a watch like this is not much more than a novelty, but during the Cold War it was a spy's bread and butter. Check out this link to Watchismo to see some of the history of the wrist-mounted spy camera.

Monday, April 9, 2007

1947 "Wrist-Watch Radio"

As far as I can tell, it didn't tell the time so just "Wrist Radio" may have been a more appropriate name. The development of a new 'tiny' radio tube (inset picture) by the U.S. Bureau of Standards in 1947 made this transceiver (that's right Dick Tracey, transceiver) possible. It could send and receive short waves as well as pick up 'standard radio broadcasts.'

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Ballbearing Clock

While I'm off-topic with clocks...This is the wonderous ballbearing clock. 95 ballbearings are used to show the time on the sand-engraved pyrex front pane. The cabinet is made of solid oak which together with all the brass and steel has the clock weigh in at 660lbs. Please find out more at

Monday, April 2, 2007

NASCAR Prize Clock

Jimmie Johnson picked up one of these this weekend for winning the race at Martinsville. The Ridgeway Independence grandfather clock stands at almost 8' and is made of hardwood, boxwood, and satinwood with cherry veneers and ebony inlays. The dial has a satin pewter finish and has a moon-dial painted with scenes of historical American life. The Sound of America movement plays "God Bless America," "America the Beautiful" and Westminster chimes. The movement also is equipped with an automatic night silence feature. It is valued at around $11,000.00