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Uploaded on Dec 4, 2011

Sam and Heather came up with this idea together, by building upon a much simpler version that Heather initially suggested. The original concept was a digital watch that seemed to be analog. Through conversations back and forth, the idea gradually developed into what you see here. "Out of Order" appears to be a malfunctioning analog watch with mixed up numbers, whose second hand moves clockwise, while the minute hand moves backwards at four times the speed. To give the look a more analog feel, and less digital, they decided upon an e-paper display. This also allows for the user to have background options of black or white, and different font choices. The hands are real, and not part of the e-paper display. They are designed to show up well on either a black or a white background, and have mechanical movement. The second hand moves clockwise and keeps accurate analog seconds, and the minute hand moves backwards at four times the speed -- to make you feel like you're in the Twilight Zone or the Bermuda Triangle. The hour hand stays fixed at the 7 hour position, reminding the user how to read the time: the numbers in the bottom 3 positions on the display tell the time digitally, starting with the hour in the 7 position. When the minute changes, all of the numbers in the other positions are randomly rearranged, giving the name "Out of Order" a double meaning; the watch seems to be malfunctioning, and the numbers are all out of order. Anyone, male or female, with a good sense of humor would love to wear this design. If you like when people ask you how to read your watch, this one makes a very good conversation piece. And the time-telling is ridiculously easy for something that looks so absurd at first glance. There are no other "digital that looks analog" watches out there, and this wacky functionality is epic.

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