Sometimes the coolest gadgets in Sci-Fi are not gadgets at all. But robots. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable robots from sci-fi in no particular order. It’s not a complete list. Think of it more as a walk down memory lane. Because geeks love Sci-Fi and Sci-Fi has a long history of loving robots.
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It might help to have arms like the hulk to wear this monstrosity. It’s yet another of those odd watches we love from Basel Fair. It’s not for the feint of heart and it’s not for puny men with spaghetti arms. It goes by the “Chronoswiss Wristmaster”. Look at the size of this thing. It master’s any wrist it attaches to. Putting it on must be like saddling a small horse.
It’s hailed as the First Automatic Board Watch for the Wrist, and features a double strap and display, consisting of a chronograph on the right and a standard display on the left. It measures a full 84mm x 42mm.
The Di Grisogono Meccanica DG watch blew us away with it’s mechanical-digital display, now the Opus 8 watch by Harry Winston is turning things upside down as well. The DG used mechanical tubes to display the time, while the Opus 8 uses a complicated system of mechanical pixels that rise up from the display when the user hits a button on the side.
That would be cool enough, but there’s more. The back of the watch sports a design that looks like a printed circuit that functions as a second time display. AM and PM are featured on the left, hours and minutes in the center, while the power reserve indicator is on the right. What you have here is a cool looking retro watch, with retro attitude. But don’t get your hopes up. The series is limited to 50 watches and it’s likely that they were sold out before the unveiling even happened.
If you want to track your mail, it’s usually as simple as using FedEx, UPS, or priority mail. But if you want more shipping options, and to track your mail with more accuracy, you’ve been out of luck until now. Just remember, a watched package never boils. Or, something like that.
Just stick this GPS Mail Logger in with your letter or package and you’ll be able to follow it wherever it goes. Keep in mind that this is a package worth watching because this tracker costs $695.95. Funny thing is, even when this sort of thing comes down in price and is used by many people, thereby easing the Post Office’s workload and cost, their prices still will not likely come down.
If you’re in the market for an awesome watch that doesn’t cost $1,000, then the NEO 8 watch certainly fits the bill. It’s currently priced at approximately $210, and is available in green or orange segments on a black background complete with a matching rubber strap.
The first two columns will tell you the hours, while the minutes are on the last two columns. It’s got a nice understated retro look, with grest lines. The three buttons on the side add a nice touch. As with many of these new watches, it might take some getting used to, telling the time by using blocks, but your wrist will be looking good.
We’ve seen some crazy awesome watches lately. Like the UR-202 for instance. But the DeWitt Concept No. 1 is something else again. It’s a unique one-of-a-kind timepiece that’ll set you back a cool $633,000 if you have a pile of cash that’s burning a hole in your bank vault. It was bought from an auction, sight unseen.
What makes it so special? According to the creators of the watch, this “gothic pirate spaceship of a watch is taking the steampunk oeuvre to new heights with its expanding riveted case, flying tourbillon, five barrels and a 21 day power reserve.” Yes, they know that the way to a geek’s heart is through his wrist. Steampunk and the mention of Gothic pirates don’t hurt either.
This is inspired by the Swarovsky Signity watches, and this timepiece by designer Ilya Yakovlev has a surface made from real crystals that are backlit by LEDs.
One interesting feature is that you can increase the luminosity and change the colors to suit your mood. As far as I can tell, it’s a concept that we probably won’t see for a long time yet, but it is interesting. I think it probably would need more functions aside from just being a watch. They should look great in the dark.
Last week we told you about the Beamz Laser Music System, but we had no idea how um…retarded this thing is. I’m still not sure if I watched a comedy sketch or not and I’m not entirely clear on what era I’m living in.
Unless you are a middle-aged metrosexual who loves lounge music, you really aren’t going to want this thing for $600. It makes you look like a cat pawing a ball of yarn. Your money is better spent on video games. The big bald guy seems so desperate to fill the void in his soul with his playing. Probably because he looks like fat bald Vader from Return of the Jedi. The video is below.
Hamilton introduced an awesome luxury watch for sci-fi fans at the BaselWorld 2008. The Hamilton Code Breaker is a watch with some amazing design and great level of detail. Just look at that square case and the dials within. Hamilton is not new to watches with a Sci-Fi flare.
They have enjoyed a long relationship with the science fiction movie genre, going back to 1968 when a desk clock was features in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. They also made the alien-shaped watches from Men in Black. Their watches aren’t for those on a Timex budget though, the Hamilton Code Breaker will set you back $1,995. And any geek knows that will buy you a lot of Star Trek or Star Wars toys.
Anyone who watches Lost knows that the SAT phone used by the freighter people, looks like no other phone in existence. But new sat-phone company, MSV (Mobile Satellite Ventures) now has a prototype phone that looks a lot like the touch-screen SAT phone Naomi used to call for help when she landed on the island with the Oceanic 815 survivors. In fact it looks prettier.
The L-Series satellite phone will be available in 2010, complete with a new hybrid satellite/cellular system based on two satellites that MSV is launching in 2009. It go between cellular coverage when in range and satellite coverage when no cell service is available. The company plans to strike a deal with a US-based cellular carrier to sell satellite/cellular service under the carrier’s brand.
Azimuth is a watch manufacturer in Switzerland. They’ve announced their Mr. Roboto watch, the world’s first vintage tin robot concept timepiece. All those who have a love of all things robot, like myself, have collectively wet our pants.
The idea is that it’s based on those retro tin robots that old people grew up with. It’s a revival of those vintage tin robotic spacemen. The time is easy to read and the appearance is awesome. The left ‘eye’ is for the hour, the right ‘eye’ comes with GMT indication, the nose region joint with the mouth region are the seconds. It will be available from September 2008 with the international retail price of about $4,800 USD. Well, it’s out of my price range, but it’s one of the coolest watches I’ve ever seen.
Maurice Lacroix unveiled three new watches in its Starside series, and all of them would be at home as wristwear in a sci-fi movie. They are absolute masterpieces. The analog watches all sport a celestial motif in a 38 millimeter stainless steel case, covered in dozens of diamonds. Some even have pearls, crystals, silver and gold.
They were showing off their new bling in preparation for the Baselworld watch show. No pricing yet, but I’m willing to bet these will cost you an entire Star Trek star system and two federation ships.
This may not be the first watch from Diesel that features an OLED display, but they have certainly upped their game. The display on the DZ7086 is a bit on the small side, but this watch looks retro-licious, with a bright dual-color screen with both blue and green OLED phosphors.
The watch face has 4 different animations which go off randomly when you push one of the buttons on the side. How about a genuine black leather strap attached to the display with stainless steel lugs? Complete with the Diesel logo for those that are brand loyal.
E Ink technology is slowly finding its way into many devices you use in your daily personal electronics interaction. One of the newest is a wristwatch which tells you the time digitally. It is on sale for around $250.
The E-Ink Display Watch use the E Ink technology to provide a crisp digital display which Think Geek says can be read “accurately and instantly from any angle.” There are 16 different display options, when you consider you can choose from four different dial looks, two different color options and digital time to date display.
Designed by Bertrand Planes, this clock doesn’t tell time in hours, minutes or seconds, but in years. It’s designed to very, very slowly make its way around the dial while you age. The numbers on the dial correspond to a 7-year period of your life.
By taking a standard clock mechanism and slowing it to 1/61320th of the speed of a standard timepiece, you could get very bored being a clock watcher with this one. This would be an appropriate clock for an immortal in the Highlander universe. It might seem a bit more normal and faster for them.
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