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The Kisai Clone gives your wristwatch a cryptically modern feel

Whenever I wear a wristwatch to a long, boring meeting in a room without a clock, I’ll often catch others craning their necks to see the time. No one wants to be caught pulling their phone out, though it’s just as conspicuous to cock your head to the side trying to look at someone’s wrist. If you’d prefer to make it far harder on those around you, then why not get a timepiece that only you can read?

TokyoFlash always surprises us with innovative designs that are simultaneously beautiful and confusing. The most recent addition to the Kisai family is the Clone. This modern watch has a combination of matte surfaces with glossy details on a smoky lens behind which LEDs shine through. The strap is made of silicone, which means it will be comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. This charges via USB, which means you won’t have to worry about replacing batteries.

There are three display modes which includes turning, flashing, and animation mode. The first will have LEDs rotating around the clock face, highlighting three lines to indicate the hours and minutes. The lines will be in the same positioning as a normal clock. The second Flashing mode will simply flash the lines that indicate the hours and minutes at a glance. The final mode will illuminate all of the lights in a pattern, mainly for aesthetic effect. This watch will cost you $99, and comes in black or white with blue or green LEDs.

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JBL Horizon clock radio intends to wake you up gently

Just as there are many different kinds of personalities that you would come across in your everyday interaction with people, so too, will you find that each individual would have their own preferred set of sleeping patterns – and with that, the manner in which they would want to wake up. Some folks will not settle for anything less than the loud din of the traditional alarm clock ringing away, while there are even some who need the rooster to crow loudly as it ushers in the dawn, while others prefer to sleep with the curtains drawn apart, letting natural sunlight seep into the room and wake them up. Others like a more gentle approach, and the JBL Horizon clock radio happens to cater to this particular segment of folks.

This innovative clock radio will literally light up your mornings thanks to JBL stereo sound and ambient light. The JBL Horizon will also ensure that you will get out of the right side of the bed by making sure that your connected smartphone, tablet or other wearable technology is fully charged, so that you do not go to the office while running on empty. After all, waking up on the right note will generally set the tone for the rest of your day.

With JBL’s Horizon clock radio, it is capable of delivering stereo sound that has been enriched with the multi-sensory ambient glow of LED lights. There will be a couple of separate alarms, which can be customized for you or your partner, so that it can wake you to one of several original digital alarm tones, or perhaps to choose the FM station of your choice and let the prattle of your favorite DJ kickstart your morning, or even a favorite track from your smartphone. There are five programmable FM radio presets as well as Bluetooth connectivity which allows you to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth phone or tablet. Heck, if you’re the traditional type, there is also the classic buzzer implemented within.

It sports a compact design, depicts a crisp LCD clock display that is easy to read, and has a built-in light sensor which will automatically adjust the brightness according to the light in the room. A pair of USB ports round off its connectivity options. The asking price for the JBL Horizon Clock Radio stands at $99.95 a pop.

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The Kisai Satellite X LED Watch could be the work of aliens

We’re all interested in the paranormal or the unusual, and can’t help but do a double take when we see something that doesn’t fit our idea of “normal”. While we could get into the question of what the true definition of normal is, we’ll save it for another day. There’s a certain way we’re used to seeing things, and while some are content with the way things are, others want to challenge the common thought process.

Watches from TokyoFlash have always been good about boggling minds and fighting the boring repetition of a regular 12 hour clock face. They want to be fashionable, and make you think outside the box to read the time. You may get used to it after a while, but to the people around you it will be an object of mystery and confusion. The most recent addition to the TokyoFlash family is the Kisai Satellite X Watch. This watch uses three vivid LED rings behind a dark mineral crystal lens to show you the time.

The top ring represents your hours, the larger middle ring will show you five minute increments, and the bottom ring is 4 minute increments to give you the exact time. Pressing the button on the side will activate the LEDs to flash for a brief period. There is an animation mode which will have the LEDs flash in a slow circle every fifteen minutes should you choose to turn it on. There are grooves on the face of the watch that flow seamlessly onto the strap of the watch which offset the circular patterns. This metallic watch is available in black with either red or blue LEDs at a price point of $139.

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Star Trek Original Series NCC-1701 Watch lets you tell the time like a boss

Are you a huge Star Trek fan, and are constantly on the lookout for the next best thing to purchase so that your Star Trek collection continues to grow? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you might be interested to check out the $119.99 Star Trek Original Series NCC-1701 Watch. This is one classic timepiece that will make you look good, as you send out a subtle fashion statement to those around you that you aren’t too bothered about the upcoming Star Wars movies, but would rather fall back on the more cerebral nature of Star Trek.

The NCC-1701 has seen action in the form of various functions in the past, but this time around, its primary purpose is not to discover new worlds, but to tell you the time. In a correct and accurate manner, of course. The timepiece has been styled after the U.S.S. Enterprise, and it is an officially-licensed Star Trek: The Original Series merchandise, boasting of a stainless steel case and back. You won’t be able to travel in warp to your destination while wearing this, but you will definitely be able to tell the time in style and confidence. After all, isn’t it precise engineering that allowed the U.S.S. Enterprise to make its way around the universe safe and sound?
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Polar M400 GPS training watch revealed

Activity trackers as well as GPS enabled timepieces are extremely niche market products, and Polar is a company that has just rolled out their Polar M400 GPS training watch that comes with the ability to track your activity all round the clock. Wha makes the Polar M400 so special for runners (or basically anyone who is willing to get engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle) would be the fact that it has a slew of products and apps which will ultimately help one to understand one’s body, letting you get fitter – in a faster time period too, of course.

The Polar M400 is water-resistant and will merge the best of GPS and 24/7 activity tracking with advanced sports technology to make use of Bluetooth Smart. It will arrive in white and black colors, where the Polar M400 is capable of adding a new style to any outfit. You will be able to keep track of important training metrics such as speed, pace, distance and altitude thanks to the built-in GPS, so that you will be able to know that your effort is always at the right intensity (when used alongside a Polar H7 heart rate sensor, of course). Sporting a built-in activity tracker that will be able to provide you with a more complete picture of all daily activities, ranging from your steps to the number of calories burned and how restfully you slept.

Not only that, you will also be on the receiving end of alerts for inactivity directly on your wrist as well as through the Polar Flow app, where you will be given suggestions on how to achieve your personalized activity goals. Some of these suggestions might sound daunting to some, since it includes jogging for 50 minutes or walking for two hours. Of course, it is perfectly normal to many, but for those who have been couch potatoes all their lives, it can be quite a challenge. The $199.95 Polar M400 has a 9 hour battery life even with its GPS and sensors up and running, and up to 24 days if you use it just to keep the time.

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Zipper Pull Watch tells the time in a jiffy

Now that we are well in the middle of autumn, not to mention the fact that winter too, will follow suit not too long after (especially when you take into consideration just how fast time flies these days), it is time to break out all of those various jackets and clothes that will help keep us nice and warm. Many jackets do come with a zipper as you wrap yourself up tightly in one of them, so why not augment the zipper on your jacket with the $12.98 Zipper Pull Watch?

After all, most jackets do come with a long sleeve, and you would want to do all you can to keep the cold out, so looking at your watch too often might not be a good idea. With the Zipper Pull Watch, you will not only be able to give your zipper a better grip, it also comes with a built-in clock for you to tell the time in a jiffy. Oh yeah, did we mention that this puppy also comes with an integrated light? That will certainly be handy if you need to rummage through your handbag in the cinema, or simply need an emergency flashlight. Using it is a snap – just twist to turn it on. The Zipper Pull Watch is waterproof and thankfully, it uses replaceable batteries, making this one for the long haul.
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Kisai Vortex tells the time in style

While much focus has been placed on the recent slew of smartwatch releases, such as the Motorola Moto 360 as well as the Apple Watch, this does not mean that a regular timepiece that you wear on your wrist no longer has any more value. No sir, far from it – in fact, here we are with what is known as the Kisai Vortex, which is a unique watch as it sports a spiraling time display that is located right under a sleek concave lens.

Not only that, the Kisai Vortex prides itself in being a limited edition touchscreen watch that will boast a slew of other features. There will be a couple of time zones that will help frequent travelers keep track of the time at home as well as what the exact time it is right there and then with but a single glance. You will also be able to know just what date it is after crossing way too many time zones to keep count, and there is also an alarm function, some animation, a light up LED as well as audio feedback – all of it housed within a stainless steel case.

Right now, the Kisai Vortex can be yours for just $179 with free shipping thrown into the mix, and this offer is good until October 2nd, 11am Japan time – whereby after that, do expect to see the price gain a jump.
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G-Buzz portable and rugged alarm clock

Smartphones these days do seem to be a whole lot hardier than they were in the past, and for good reason, too, especially when you take into consideration how better quality materials have been used in the manufacturing process to deliver that premium look and feel as opposed to shiny plastic that tends to crack or even discolor after a while. Having said that, the world of alarm clocks have not really changed all that much significantly over the years, but there has been improvements made here and there to make the alarm clock more useful – and in some cases, such as with the G-Buzz, tougher.

G-Project happens to be a company that is specially dedicated to evolving accessories when it comes to smart devices which would be on the receiving end of a “ruggedization” process, ensuring that whatever device that goes through their hands are more than capable of being ready to rock and roll in the real world. Here we are with the G-Buzz, which is best described to be a rugged, portable alarm clock complete with an FM radio as well as delivering USB phone charging capability, now how about that? Those who are interested in picking up the G-Buzz will be able to do so from the likes of Walmart, Amazon.com and on G-Project’s very own website for $29.99 a pop.

It does not really matter just what kind of place that you will bring the G-Buzz to, as it ranges from dorm rooms to camping trips, as the G-Buzz is said to be the perfect alarm clock that will be able to help one wake up as well as go to sleep in double quick time. All right, so this alarm clock does not come with any kind of aroma diffuser, but it still packs quite a punch with its range of sleep and wake up sounds.

Expect the G-Buzz to run on a standard AC adapter, and you also have the option of having it being powered by a quartet of AAA batteries whenever you travel to a remote area.

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Epic Cellular announces new watchphone

It does look as though even watches are getting smarter by the day, judging by the slew of upcoming smartwatches in the market, as well as those that are well on their way. These certainly offer a throwback to the comic Dick Tracy, and the idea of merging a phone with a watch has been around for quite some time already, where even LG has toyed with it a good half a decade ago. Well, we are pleased to bring you word that Epic Cellular will be introducing its new range of groundbreaking watchphones which will, fingers crossed by Epic Cellular, be able to replace one’s day-to-day cellular devices.

These upcoming watchphones are touted to be able to send and receive phone calls, compose text messages, browse the web, snap high quality photos, and even download popular apps while storing music, among others. Apart from that, the Epic Watchphones will be worn on the wrist, or for those who want to take on a more fashionable approach, you can do so wearing it as a necklace, so no worries about dropping or losing your phone ever again.

What makes the Epic Watchphones different from other smartwatches is this – there is no need for it to remain synchronized or tethered to a handheld device so that it can function. The watchphones will operate on unlocked GSM SIM cards, and will play nice with any carrier and offer service regardless of where you are around the world. I would like to say that such a claim ought to come with a pinch of salt – this is no satellite phone, so do expect the usual dead spots such as in your basement to strike the Epic Watchphone, too.

You can choose from the Epic Signature Edition as well as the Epic Mini, where the latter has been specially designed to be worn around the neck in the same vein as that of a piece of jewelry. Both models are able to track vital signs, making it ideal for fitness buffs, too. Pre-orders for the Epic Watchphones stand at $220 for the Epic Mini and $249 for the Signature Edition.

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The Philips Wake-Up Light – rise with the sun

No one particularly enjoys getting up in the mornings. We know we have a full day ahead of us, and somehow sleeping just 10 more minutes seems like it will make the day easier to handle. Of course, the worst part is being jolted awake by your alarm tone. Sometimes that dreaded noise can even seep into your dreams and ruin them.

If you’d prefer to be woken up with the sun, but have to wake up before it’s actually light outside, then you might want to find a way to simulate that experience. We’ve seen several different gradual light alarm clocks in the past, but there’s always a new one on the horizon. The Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light is a colored light that will turn on 20-40 minutes before your alarm and reach full brightness when it’s time for you to truly be awake. This gentle method of taking you out of sleep is supposed to help you wake up feeling more alert and calm.

That’s a pretty stark contrast to the wretched blaring buzzer of most alarms which will scream at you until you shut them off. This clock has 5 different natural wake up sounds and 20 brightness light settings which will help you to wake up exactly how you want to. If the slow light turning on isn’t enough, and you just can’t live without a few extra minutes of sleep, you can touch anywhere on the light and get in an extra nine minutes of snoozing. Whenever you’re winding down to go to sleep in the evenings, you can also use the light-responsive dimming feature (sunset dimming) which will help you get more restful sleep. This is going to cost you $180 should you be interested, though there are two other versions that are cheaper, but don’t have as many features.

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