Number Pad Watch Nerdier Than Calculator Watch?

This Keypad watch represents the lopped-off numpad your laptop still feels every time it rains

It’s fairly clear these days that watches are meant for decoration, and not for traditional horological purposes. The biggest piece of evidence in favor of my hastily-invented theory is the watches themselves: They make it almost impossible to tell the time.

The Keypad watch amply demonstrates the other side of this trend: awesome-looking novelty wrist-jewelry. The Keypad watch looks like the number pad on any computer keyboard, and you press (almost) any one of those keys to ask the time. The watch then blinks lights embedded in the keys, one by one, to tell you the hour. Thus a zero, then a nine, a one and a five means 09:15. Easy enough, if a little time consuming.

The hash key has a different function: to display the date. And while you can pick between 12 and 24-hour time, it appears that you cannot set the date to display the date day-first (13/12 for December 13th) as God intended when he invented the Gregorian calendar 1776 years before the U.S became independent.

The Keypad watch comes in a variety of computer-drab colors, from cheap PC beige thru gamer black to a horrible 1980s gray (my favorite). Better still, they come at a price you could reasonably badger your spouse into paying to buy you the perfect Christmas gift: $90. Available now.

Keypad Watch product page [Watchismo. Thanks, Mitch!]

AT&T plans to sell exercise apparel that tracks your vitals, performance

E39 health-tracking shirt

It’s not enough for AT&T to simply sell cellphones, its emerging devices unit also traffics in everything from GPS dog collars to connected pill bottles. Now the company wants in on the fitness tracking craze. Forbes is reporting that Ma Bell will start offering apparel that could track GPS routes, heart rate and other vital stats — similar to the E39 shirt above from Zephyr and Under Armour. The clothing isn’t just for athletes though, the military, first responders and seniors could also benefit from the technology. Sadly, no firm release date or prices were announced, so don’t expect to wander into a Modell’s and pick up a wicking t-shirt that uploads your workouts to RunKeeper any time soon.

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Clip-On HUD For Any Glasses

The Sportiiiis puts a HUD onto the specs of any athlete

Sportiiiis from 4iiiis (geddit?) is a small HUD (heads-up display) which can be used with almost any pair of specs. The clip-on unit fits to the arm of your glasses and seven colored LEDs sit in your peripheral vision, just below your right eye.

These LEDs can be programmed by computer or smartphone app to readout data from ANT+ devices. ANT+ is kind of the Bluetooth of fitness devices, and anything thus labelled is interoperable. Bike computers, heart-rate monitors and blood-pressure monitors can all be ANT+ devices.

The Sportiiiis readout is simple, with different LEDs blinking on to communicate information, a lot like the exposure systems found in the viewfinders of old SLRs. When more detailed information is needed, you can tap on the unit and it will read out the exact numbers through a speaker. You can use the Sportiiiis to monitor power, cadence and speed.

It’s specialized for sure, but given how the fitness crowd likes its gadgets, it could be a winner.

The Sportiiiis will go on sale in November for $200.

Sportiiiis product page [4iiiis via Andrew Liszewski]

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Tron-Inspired Watch Finally Makes It Onto Human Wrists

Who cares if you can’t tell the time? You’re going to look awesome

Remember this amazing Tron-inspired watch? Way back in October of last year it was nothing but a concept design with a litigation-avoiding name — 7R0N. Now it’s a real, buyable product, with an even less lawyer-baiting name: Kisai Seven.

Designed by Scott Galloway of Yorkshire, England, the Kisai Seven was last seen soliciting votes to be manufactured. Galloway’s design made it, and it now joins other beautiful-but-hard-to-read timepieces at Tokyo Flash.

The bioluminescent strips of the original are now LEDs. The inner and outer circles show hours and multiples of five minutes respectively, and the top and bottom strips count from one to four minutes. Thus, with a little puzzling (and the press of a button) you can tell the time.

The Kisai Seven is available now, for $140. If you grab it in the next couple of days, you’ll get it for $100.

Kisai Seven LED watch [Tokyo Flash. Thanks, Scott and Paul!]

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Day Bag Made from Recycled Car Airbags

The Day Bag is made from old, popped car airbags

After you crash your car, but before you decide you’d be better off getting around by bike, you might consider ripping out the now-spent airbags and making them into a tough and light duffel bag.

Or you could skip the whole crashing business altogether (although you should still ditch the car) and just buy one of E13’s SRS Day Bags.

The bags are made from “upcycled” airbags which have popped their last. The resulting Day Bag looks like a skinny duffel, and has a detachable shoulder strap which gets its own pocket to stow it when you don’t need it. In fact, pretty much every part comes from a dead car: The outer layer is a driver-side airbag, the lining is from the passenger-side bag, and the handle and strap are recycled seat belts.

Capacity is six liters, the length 17.5 inches and the diameter 6.25 inches. There’s also an 8 x 5-inch pocket inside.

For a recycled bag, it’s pricey at $120, but then again, think about what you’re now saving on gas since you swapped your car for a bike.

Day Bag product page [E13 via Core77]

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Cute Dog Stalks Earth in Amazing AT-AT Costume

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With a name like ‘Bones,’ this feller is likely well used to the attention of nerds

Do you love your dog or do you hate him? Because either could be used as justification to turn him into an AT-AT, just like this poor fellow here.

The dog underneath this hallowe’en costume is called Bones (presumably he’s already been kitted out in Star Trek gear). The awesome costume was made by Katie Mello, an artist at the Laika/House animation studio based in Portland, Oregon and owner of Bones.

To be honest, little Bones probably doesn’t notice much except for the huge amount of extra attention he gets when dressed up. That doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be vigilant, though. All it would take is one rogue kitten to tangle a ball of wool around his legs and Bones will be a heap on the floor.

Bones in AT-AT costume [Facebook via BoingBoing]

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Bluetooth Sports Earbuds Jam Immovably Into Your Ears

The Freedom earbuds won’t fall out, no matter how hard an unnoticed car might hit you

Ever since I broke a leg during a bike polo game, I have stopped wearing headphones while riding. My podcast-listening has dropped off, but my concentration is surely up. Which is why I won’t be buying these Bluetooth sports headphones from JayBird, despite the fact that they’ll probably never distract the wearer by falling out of the ears.

The Bluetooth headphones actually have a cable joining them together, which runs behind your neck. the units themselves come with a flat, Paisley-shaped (or sperm-shaped) hook, made from a squashable, honeycomb material. These squeeze inside your ears and grab onto the nooks and crannies therein, securing them against the most violently head-shaking of sports.

The buds, which double up as a microphone headset for your phone, are also water-sealed against dripping sweat, the downfall of many a pair of earbuds in my home. They’re even reasonably priced, at $100. I’d also like to see a wired version with the same ear-grabbing tech.

Freedom Earbuds product page [JayBird via Werd]

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$16,400 Titanium Bracelet for Over-Compensating Men

Just $16k will buy you this ridiculous piece of over-compensating jewelry for the short man in your life

It’s said that if you squeeze this Rogue Breacher Bracelet, testosterone will drip freely from the beautifully-engineered gaps between its links. These links are fashioned from suitably tough-sounding titanium. “Mil-spec G-5 aerospace-grade titanium,” to be precise.

Each link, lubricated as it is with mythical man-juice, rotates in two axes allowing the bracelet to “flow freely” across the wrist and “constantly adapt to the natural movement of its wearer.” If James Dyson was commissioned to build a robot’s spine (and had his primary-colored paints confiscated), it would look like this.

According to the maker, these things take 100 hours of “machine time” to make, which explains the limited production run (just 20 are being made) and the price, a chest-beating $16,300. Part of that might be cost of materials: the titanium plates I carry in my leg cost a similar amount. The rest of it is clearly designed to make an otherwise pedestrian piece of jewelry attractive to a certain kind of man.

Rogue Breacher [Rogue Design via Uncrate]

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Coat Captures Rain, Turns It Into Drinking Water

The Raincatch coat captures and purifies rainwater. Photo CIID

The Raincatch coat is pretty much perfect for the thirsty Briton. The jacket, from the Copenhagen Institute if Interaction Design, catches falling rain and then purifies it, ready for the wearer to drink.

Rain is collected in the collar, from where it runs through a network of tubes to be filtered by charcoal and chemically purified. The resulting clean drinking water is stored on the hips and can be sucked out through another tube.

The project is more symbolic than practical, I guess. There are certainly easier-to-carry ways to purify water, and it seems unlikely that you’d be getting dangerously dehydrated in a country wet enough to need a raincoat. For cyclists, though, it could be near ideal, combining a rain cape with a water filter.

Raincatch [CIID via the Giz]

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DIP Switch Watches Wear Their Circuitry on the Outside

The DIP switches on these circuit-tastic watches actually do things. Photos Watchismo

These Click watches are probably the nerdiest timepieces we have ever seen. And we love them. They come in two main flavors, DIP Switch and Turn Switch, both using switches found on old-school circuit boards like those in 1980s arcade machines.

DIP switches were used to diddle with the way the machine worked. I always dreamed of a combo that would let me let me play the games for free, but as the patrons of my local arcade frowned upon the use of a screwdriver to open up the game cabinets, I never got to try. With these watches, though, I can flip the switches as much as I like.

Sliding the switches toggles various functions, from 12/24 hour display to the day of the week, a backlight or something only known as “meter.” Those who don’t fancy hooking tiny switches with their fingernails can opt for the Turn Switch model, which does much the same with a twisty knob.

The watches come in a rainbow of colors, and cost $150 for the ribbon-strapped version and $170 for the steel-strapped model. Available now from Watchismo.

Click Watches product page [Watchismo. Thanks, Mitch!]

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