The Aurora Watch Concept
Monday, 1 March 2010
I’ve seen this concept hitting the blogs pretty hard recently, and while it’s really pretty, it’s also more-or-less physically impossible.
For those of you that missed it the first time, the Aurora Watch doesn’t have hands—it uses tiny lasers which rotate in their place. It would only show up when you hit a button on the watches face, giving you a tiny light show. Cool, no?
So, what’re the problems? Lasers don’t just stop at a convenient location—like the center of a watch’s face. After all, their ability to keep going for huge distances is more or less their selling point. You would have to have something at the center of the face to block it from continuing. The other problem is that lasers with visible beams tend to be exceedingly powerful. Possibly dangerously so. What would be far more likely is that the center of the watch would be some sort of suspension, one which the lasers would be far more visible.
So yes, it’s a sexy ass concept, but it would look pretty different if it ever came out.