The Bradley Timepiece: Watch You Can Touch to Tell the Time


Fri, Apr 11th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

After a successful campaign on Kickstarter, the Bradley Timepiece is now available for purchase. What makes this watch unique is that thanks to its unusual design, you can tell what time it is, in complete darkness, simply by touching its face. The BBC has this piece on the watch, explaining its surprisingly popularity with sighted users.

The Bradley Timepiece, a watch designed for blind people and named after a Paralympian gold medallist who lost his sight in Afghanistan, is up for design of the year at London's Design Museum. But it's mostly being bought by sighted people, writes Chris Stokel-Walker.

The watch has a stark, circular titanium face. There are no hands. There are no numbers. Around a groove in the centre a ball-bearing rotates to mark the minutes. Around the edge of the watch, another ball bearing rotates to tell the hours.

The Bradley was designed for the use of blind people, the latest in a long line of efforts to help those without sight efficiently tell the time.



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