E-paper Rorschach wristwatch will have you seeing spots

Perfect for a Watchman: The Kisai Rorschach tells time with inkblots on an e-paper display that have increasing levels of complexity.

(Credit: Tim Hornyak/CNET)

You’d think notorious watchmaker Tokyoflash would be run by a gang of mad scientists determined to drive people crazy with their incomprehensible timepieces.

But during a recent visit to its headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, I found a positively tranquil office housed in a charming and rare prewar building.

I was quickly given some hands-on time with the Kisai Rorschach, a recent creation that uses an e-paper display from E Ink to create inscrutable inkblots that would have made Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach proud.

Established 13 years ago by a Canadian entrepreneur in Japan, Tokyo Flash has carved out a niche for itself as a maker of brain-bustingly bizarre wristwatches, from stainless steel cuffs that tell the time in Morse Code to sleek, Tron-inspired luminous LED bands.

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