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Tokyoflash Bluetooth concepts want feedback

Tokyoflash Bluetooth concepts want feedback

Tokyoflash, better known for their bizarre, frustrating and alluring watches, have announced a design competition, the first stage of which calls for critique on twelve different Bluetooth necklace designs.  Intended to link wirelessly to a cellphone and offer, at least, hands-free communication (either via an earpiece or speakerphone), the twelve concepts range from a Terrahawks-style sphere to a male/female design meant for couples.

All twelve concepts in the gallery after the cut

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Tokyoflash Hanko: only if you have time to decipher

Tokyoflash Hanko: only if you have time to decipher

Tokyoflash are back with their latest timepiece, and the Hanko looks to be perhaps the company's most confusing watch to date.  Apparently inspired by a Japanese signature stamp, the Hanko has a polished stainless-steel case and bracelet and twenty-three LEDs hidden under the black acrylic lenses.

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Tokyoflash Kisai Keisan: numerically-challenged should not apply

Tokyoflash Kisai Keisan: numerically-challenged should not apply

Tokyoflash have debuted a new timepiece, the Kisai Keisan, and as usual it's pretty tricky to read.  Constructed from high-grade aluminium with convex, magnifying lenses over a choice of red, green, orange or yellow LEDs, each watch is finished with a polished alumite coating.

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Tokyoflash Giveaway: And the winners are…

Tokyoflash Giveaway: And the winners are…

SlashGear's Tokyoflash Radio Active Giveaway ended yesterday, and we now know the three winners.  Taking away first prize - a limited-availability Radio Active Active Reactor watch, no longer officially on sale - is Kathy Schreiber; our two runners-up got to pick a timepiece from the current Tokyoflash catalog.  M.J. Coward, our first runner-up, selected the Pimp Star Performer IP Black, while our second, Andrea Woodworth, chose the Nekura Progression.

Congratulations to all three winners, and thanks again to Tokyoflash for sponsoring this giveaway!

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 52 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 52 2008

It's the final Week in Review of 2008, and unsurprisingly it's been a relatively quiet week what with the holiday festivities taking priority.  Hopefully you've not spent your entire shopping budget on gifts, however, as there are still quite a few interesting gadgets on the horizon.  Notebooks small and large again seized the headlines, with various Sony websites dripping out news regarding the company's upcoming VAIO netbook.  First a January 9th announcement was promised, then the netbook form-factor confirmed, and finally we've got spec details.  At the other end of the scale, more details of Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds appeared, while the mobile workstation itself showed up in photos and on video.

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Tokyoflash Radio Active Watch Giveaway!

Tokyoflash Radio Active Watch Giveaway!

The Sleek Audio and Plantronics Giveaways may be closed to new entries - we'll be announcing the winners later on today - but that doesn't mean there are no more opportunities to win prizes.  Tokyoflash have given us a piece of history from their watch museum, in the shape of the classic Radio Active Active Reactor.  No longer available to buy, we're giving one reader the opportunity to win what's perhaps the most iconic timepiece Tokyoflash have produced.  In addition, a further two people will win their choice of watch from the current Tokyoflash collection.

Find out how to enter after the cut!

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Tokyoflash Waku watch: almost subtle

Tokyoflash Waku watch: almost subtle

We're used to Tokyoflash watches being huge slabs of blinking stainless steel, and attempting to transplant a little of the Japanese skyline onto our wrist.  That's why this new Waku watch from the company is such a surprise - almost subtle, even - with its minimal metal and neat punctured-leather finish.

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Tokyoflash Ni watch: so complex it has to explain itself?

Tokyoflash Ni watch: so complex it has to explain itself?

Tokyoflash have announced another watch, and it seems the readout on the Ni is so confusing that they've actually had to annotate the LEDs.  Rows of lights are embedded into the horizontally-grooved stainless steel case, and at the touch of a button the LEDs illuminate in turn from top to bottom to let you add up exactly what time it is.

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Tokyo Flash Kisai Denshoku watch

Tokyo Flash Kisai Denshoku watch

Another day, another utterly bonkers Tokyo Flash watch.  Today's wrist-mounted slab of confusion is the Kisai Denshoku, apparently inspired by the neon skylines of Tokyo, and telling the time through a series of animated light-up bars.

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Tokyoflash Fire watch: more LED confusion

Tokyoflash Fire watch: more LED confusion

Esoteric watch manufacturer Tokyoflash have announced their latest bizarre timepiece, Fire.  Looking a little like a wrist-mounted nutmeg grater, Fire continues Tokyoflash's tradition of demanding wearers decipher combinations of LEDs in order to figure out if it's lunchtime.

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Tokyoflash stainless steel S-Mode Oberon watch

Tokyoflash stainless steel S-Mode Oberon watch

Despite the fact that they're, generally, frustratingly difficult to tell the time from, I do have a soft spot for Tokyoflash watches. One of the company's more recent designs, the Oberon, has been diving in and out of stock for a while now, but they're celebrating a return to availability with the launch of a new, stainless steel variant. The S-Mode Oberon SS uses three rings of blue LEDs to indicate date and time.

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