No matter how tech-intensive a digital watch is, nothing can quite ever mimic the simplicity and intuitive minimalism of the classic analog watch. Since the interface of the analog watch has almost become embedded within the cultural consciousness, designer Niels Astrup decided to use it as an inspiration for his Touch Skin Watch that delivered the analog experience to people without sacrificing the contemporary touch screen functionality that modern users require. The highly customizable watch comes with downloadable skins which allow its OLED screen to be personalized to the requirements of individual users. The digital accessory retains the classic interface of the minimalist analogue watch and fits it within a touch sensitive design that can be matched to dress codes and connected to computers and smartphones via Bluetooth connectivity as well.
The Touch Skin Watch normally stays in a stealth mode which saves battery power. The watch’s interface can be switched from stealth/idle mode to night/normal mode for three seconds when the user presses the screen with his finger. When the screen is pressed with two fingers, the watch switches into Date mode for a period of three seconds. When the user touches the screen with three fingers, the Touch Skin Watch allows the user to choose between different skins installed in the watch. The watch’s gift box also acts like a wireless charger and begins charging the watch via and the magnetic lock in the wristband as soon as the user places the watch in the box.
Weighing approximately 80 grams, the Touch Skin Watch also features a 16GB micro SD RAM which is upgradable. The watch runs on a multi-core processor which can be either an ARM or an Nvidia Tegra Type II/III. The watch’s face is covered in ø 46mm thick Gorilla glass which secures a 16 million color OLED multitouch screen. The watch is encased within an anodized aluminum casing that is matched to a natural FSC-certified rubber strap. The designer has not revealed any intention of putting the watch into production just yet though it came in third in the 2012 Samsung Design That Performs competition.
Via: N Astrup