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Binary Shinshoku LED Watch Design

This watch design is a continuous-band watch like Tokyoflash Fire or Shinshoku, but the pattern of the holes/LEDs is essentially a binary tree. This makes it easier to read the minutes by comparing to the obvious locations of minutes 2, 4, 8, 16, and 32.

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In the “how to read” illustration, you can see that each row represents a minute written in binary, with holes/LEDs in place of 1s. If the rows counted the minutes 1-59 from bottom to top, the watch would have to be too narrow, so instead, most rows are used for two different minutes, depending on whether the left-most LED (32) is lit. The hours are not written in binary, but simply counted 1-12 near the top left.


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