So it seems “smart watches” are finally taking off - until recently battery life, slow re-refresh rates (more than one second), and poor daylight visibility prohibited their adoption by pilots. However, it seems like these major issues have finally been overcome by products with 7+ day battery life and proper transflective displays using Sharp's memory LCD (not technically e-ink, but highly transflective).
So the technical triumph begs the question: if what would the ultimate pilot oriented digital watch face look like?
Presently I’m working with the idea of a black and white display that is 144x168, since that’s the size of the Sharp memory LCD which is central to the battery life and good daytime visibility of smart watches which might be suitable for pilots.
Below are a few ideas’ I’ve mocked up.
Please feel free to take them and make them your own and post whatever you make here, or provide me with feedback that I can try to accommodate. Specifically, what sort of information would you like to see on the display, and how would you like to see it organized?
It is worth noting that most smart watches I’ve come across have some sort of alarm. Some are audible, some vibrate, some have both, and because these watches are capable of running apps you can make use of the alarm just about any way you can imagine.
I would also add that I the various times are not necessarily ment to be set via the watch itself - but rather all set up on a phone running an associated app, and then synched up on the smart watch via bleutooth or wi fi, or whatever. Of course the chronometer and flight timer woudl all be operated soley via the watch iself, and no smart phone would be required to use the watch face once the various times (i.e. t1, t2, dept, dest) were set.
So here is my first mock up idea:
The "AL : 15" in the lower left is intended to indicate that an alarm will vibrate each 15 second interval that the chronometer turns over (i.e. vibrate once it has counted of 15 seconds, vibrate again once it has counted off 30 seconds, and so on...) - this would be a user adjustable setting. This would be super awesome for shooting approaches, holds, etc...
The deal in the bottom right corner is a battery charge indicator so users can be sure there is plenty of charge remaining before you hop in the cockpit.
T1 and T2 are intended to be easy to toggle between am/pm and 24 hour modes, as indicated by the am, pm, 24 hour markers.
Here is a cleaner looking of the same:
Here is the same with a less stylized font:
Here is what I imagine the ultimate flight timer might look like - its kind of a cluster, but personally I like it because of its shear utility:
Here is my idea of a full flight timer with a less stylized font look: