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September 28, 2010

Magic eye watch concept from TokyoFlash

Magic eye watch concept from TokyoFlash

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The folks over at Tokyo Flash are at it again with yet another crazy LED watch design that inspires both awe and confusion. This latest optical illusion watch design makes use of the famous (or infamous?) magic eye phenomenon to display the time. Of course to most onlookers the zig-zag pattern will make no sense, but if the owner can train himself to see the time displayed behind the pattern he will be sure to both astound and annoy friends and family.

As a child, I remember uttering my first swear words as a result of those frustrating magic eye pictures. My father told me it was a rabbit, but no matter how much I relaxed my eyes I could never make the picture appear.

I never liked rabbits anyway...

Needless to say I won't be buying this latest watch from Tokyo Flash. But that's not to say that readers out there who have mastered the required Jedi mind-trickery can't pick up one. I confess, I am a little jealous that I can't make these illusions work. And if you hope to induce that same sort of envy among your friends with this LED illusion watch, then perhaps this is just the thing. I suspect this is why the company made the display green!

Even if you can't manage to see the optical illusion, Tokyo Flash has built in a sort of dummy switch that allows you to display the time regularly with the push of a button. Try your hand using the picture below and see if you can decipher the numbers 05:36. Once I was told what to look for, I managed to visualize the time without a problem.

Magic eye watch concept from TokyoFlash

If optical illusions are not your thing, Tokyo Flash has a number of other cleverly designed watches available that we've covered here on Gizmag. So far the company has managed to communicate time via LEDs on a street map watch, an equalizer watch, and even a stained-glass pattern watch. My personal favorite to date is this creative little pocket watch which looks uber modern while retaining an old-style form.

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I love this idea. A little hard to see even though I am very good at seeing the hidden objects in all of the photos/posters,etc with the hidden objects.

kinbo1966
28th September, 2010 @ 10:28 am PDT

I'm good at magic eye pictures too and I can get it to click into place as a 3D image. I see a square "behind" the rest of the picture in the middle but I don't see numbers either on the recessed square or on the foreground in front of it. Certainly no 3 and no 6 and no colon. Is anyone getting 05:36 out of this?

warren52nz
28th September, 2010 @ 02:51 pm PDT

Ooops, now I see it. I was looking for the wrong thing.

warren52nz
28th September, 2010 @ 02:55 pm PDT

Im seeing

0 5

3 6

:p

Terry Penrose
28th September, 2010 @ 07:22 pm PDT

I have a green light Retsu, sent back a Traffic, and have a new blue light Retsu in the pipe, and yes these watches are all the fault of gizmag, yes you may smile and FYI Tokyo Flash? great customer service, sweet shipping they told me no charge five days after laughing "yeah right" for four days, the watch showed up on the fifth day

Bill Bennett
28th September, 2010 @ 08:04 pm PDT

I'm on my iPhone at the moment. I found if I zoom in, I can make out the numbers.

Just.

Ben Jacc Blatcher
28th September, 2010 @ 11:26 pm PDT

Hate to say it, but this doesn't work like a magic eye.

I have multiple magic eye books and took a visual computing class that taught the technique. In the magic eye technique, the illusion of 3D is created by making small changes in the displacement of lines and dots to confuse the brain into thinking there is a spacial distance. This is called single image random dot stereogram.

This watch, however, displays the time by having positive sloped lines outline the number. The background is differentiated by using negative sloped lines.

The technique the watch uses is form of similarity grouping where is mind focuses its attention to parts of the image with a common pattern. It's one of Gestalt's 5 principles of how humans see the world... and how it can be tweaked.

Colter Cederlof
4th October, 2010 @ 04:48 pm PDT

Magic eye images have improved, I can actually see the images now.

duckfat
24th August, 2012 @ 05:38 am PDT

i like it

Mauricio Reynoso
7th October, 2012 @ 08:16 am PDT
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