Aside from the pocket protector, a wristwatch is a staple for any true geek — and we're not talking about just be any ordinary wrist-adorned device, it has to be a bit different. In fact, the dorkier, the better. So whether it’s a businessman, an athlete or an engineer, anyone looking to show off their geekery will surely love the latest creation from Terminus Electronics: a wearable that displays time using LEDs rather than the typical pair of rotating hands or digits.
Dubbed DECKO, the half-dollar-sized watch reveals the time by animating 60 LEDs on a circuit board face. Admittedly, it is as basic of a “smartwatch” as they come with only a few features like motion and tap detection for wake-up, and light sensing for auto-brightness. Unlike most of its teched-out counterparts, however, the device boasts a low profile and can last for six to 12 months on a single coin-cell battery.
In order to tell time, the hour winds from 12 o’clock around to the current hour, while the minute “hand” animates in place after the hour hand stops. This allows both the hour and minute to be distinguishable even when they overlap.
The low-power timepiece sleeps to save power when not in use, and to wake up, employs an integrated motion sensor that detects when a user moves it into a horizontal viewing orientation. The watch can also be turned on and off by double-tapping the side of its case.
Meanwhile, time set mode is accessed by tapping the watch four times. The minute hand rolls like a marble to the lowest edge of the watch and time can be rolled backward and forward by simply rotating the gadget. Bringing the watch back to level for a few seconds locks in the new time. After a brief animation, a subsequent tap is required to confirm the changes.
An interesting feature of the DECKO is that it not only shows the time but how its embedded electronics work. Based on an Atmel | SMART SAM D21 MCU (which could be found the center of the face), the watch packs a 32 kHz crystal oscillator to keep time, an accelerometer to detect position and movement, and a light sensor to measure ambient light. The electronics are soldered to the board and housed inside a rugged metal case that is available in aluminum (black or silver) and brass. What’s more, the wearable is water-resistant.
Designed to suit one’s individuality, the customizable case fits standard 18mm NATO and ZULU straps, enabling users to mix and match various styles. In addition, DECKO is available in a case-less edition which lets Makers design their own enclosure for the inner PCB face.
Look like a watch you’d love to have? Head over to DECKO’s Kickstarter page, where the team is currently seeking $60,000. The first batch of devices is slated to begin shipping in November 2015.