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Hey, did that just....nahh, couldn't have been.
This swiss engineered timepiece is perfect for the
paranoiac man about town who has achieved everything
ever desired, but who has friends who wish them to
maintain an edge of ever-present doubt in their life.
On donning, the watch imprints the owners face into
memory. Time is kept through
the usual internal
mechanism, but the analog hands only move when the
of the owner is detected as looking at the watch.
Thusly, any significant lapse existing between one look
the watch and the next, results in a hasty adjustment of
the hands so as to display the right time. A movement
*just* swift enough to not be definitely registered as
occurred, but not without planting some seed of doubt in
the wearer's mind.
||Twin brothers will need to have their faces tattooed, so the watches can tell them apart. Maybe with infrared inks so they don't look disfigured to the passing public.
||Would also freak out other people who look at your watch to see what time it is. [+]
||This could also be marketed to quantum physicists who will appreciate a watch on which the correct time only exists while it is being observed.
||Haha [hippo] I'm wondering whether a Heisenbourgois watch
that might be attractive to the same demographic, albeit
whenever it tells the right time, nobody knows where it
||Indeed - the instructions will need a small disclaimer, along the lines of: "The time-keeping accuracy of this watch has been deliberately reduced in order to make it easier for the owner to find it".
||Each hand needs to move at most 179.9°, which hardly counts as "spinning".
||//Not sure. Hands spinning round the face would be
quite noticeable.// Each hand is free-spinning
around its axis and has a small piece of ferrous metal
at the tip. Around the edge of the watch are a series
of tiny electro-magnets. When the wearer looks at
the watch a capacitor energizes the correct magnet
and the hand spins to that point almost instantly.
Capacitor recharged by solar power while the wearer
||Having read all the comments here, I think it is worth
pointing out that while it is impossible to know both the
exact reading and location of ONE quantum watch, twins
need not "have their faces tattooed so the watches can tell
them apart". As we all know, when one twin observes his
watch, the other twin's watch collapses the probability wave
instantaneously: such that he can tell the exact time.
Something which would previously not have been able to be
determined before the other twin's measurement.
||"Dude, I think your watch is broken."
||I'd forgotten about this gem of an idea
||Thanks [hippo] that's very kind indeed. It's funny
that in 100 years, wearable tech is still pretty much
limited to telling the time. I know there's all the
new smartwatches and all that - but largely speaking,
the main wearable gizmo remains a time-telling
||I wonder what the primary purpose of wearable tech really is - i.e. the
primary purpose of wearing a watch appears to be so that the wearer can
easily tell the time, but its real purpose might be as an 'accessory', to
project some aspect of the wearer's personality, to make the wearer
appear to be the kind of person who wears this kind of wristwatch.
Likewise, wearing an Apple Watch allows one to do all sorts of stuff you
didn't know you needed to do, but also presents you as a person who is an
adopter of the latest technology, who needs to be up-to-date with news
and information, etc.