"It is not clear how such a construction make the numbers," indeed.

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  1. Mariachi says:

    But where do the “offscreen” hashmarks go? There’s not enough bezel to conceal them.

    • jwz says:

      Yeah, there's no way to make this work mechanically. It's a cool visualization, though.

      • phuzz says:

        I wonder if there's a high enough resolution on a pebble to do this and still look good.

        • 144x168x1 so not just low-res but no antialiasing -- I'm voting "no" although I invite people to disprove me.

          • Tim says:

            Don't forget the super low refresh rate, because e-ink.

            • Actually the display in the pebble is just a high-contrast / low-power LCD. Specifically, this one. Extremely low power consumption, but it's still an LCD, which is why the screen goes all-white when the battery dies.

              The Pebble marketing literature refers to it as "E-Paper", which apparently is a term with little or no meaning. It'll do up to 30fps with no visible ghosting, but this is apparently a very good way to run your battery down.

              • Tim says:

                Fascinating, thanks. I always thought it was e-ink due to the marketing bullshit.

  2. The numbers and hash marks are printed on a flexible piece, and go round the back. Or else it uses Romulan cloaking device, mini version.

    • Pavel Lishin says:

      Don't be ridiculous. The treat of Algeron forbids the Federation from researching or building cloaking devices, and while the Romulans have at times loaned cloaking technology, such events always required a Romulan agent to be present at all times. So, unless each watch comes with a humorless paranoid alien to follow you around at all times, I don't think this is the case.

    • gryazi says:

      You could get sort of close with:

      Movement is fixed to the "indicator line" face. Tickmarks are on a straight tape loop pulled past a curved slotted window, that just has be be fixed perpendicular underneath the 'readout' spot on the face.

      If it were a chain or a string instead of a tape strip you could probably deform it to get the curve to look right. But finding a way to hide enough to display the numerals properly would be a bitch... until you put a twist in it.

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