About this project
“Phosphor hired Nike+ designer Stefan Andren to design a touchscreen timepiece that doesn’t need a smartphone.” - Engadget
“This week’s Kickstarter gem.” – ABC News
“Looks like it’s smart enough – you never have to charge it.” - Mashable
“Touch Time is a 21st Century version of the tradition digital watch.” – Geeky-Gadgets
“The latest success story in crowd funding…” – T3 Magazine
Today’s mobile phones and other electronic devices don’t look and function like they did in the 1980’s, but that can’t be said for digital watches. Wouldn't it be nice to change the appearance of your watch's time display and set an alarm with a swipe of a finger? Or access watch functions that provide detailed information that looks more like they belongs on a Smartphone rather than a traditional digital watch? We have set out to create what you should expect from a digital watch in the 21st century.
NEXT GENERATION DIGITAL WATCH
Touch Time is a stylish and revolutionary spin on the typical digital watch, which has been virtually unchanged the past 20 years. It utilizes a touch interface with the same capacitive touch screen technology that can be found in Smartphones today. Touch Time is extremely easy to use, allowing you to change the time display or select apps with a swipe of a finger, rather than requiring a myriad of button pushes. Touch Time's display is always on, and therefore eliminates the need to press a button to see what time it is.
CUSTOMIZE ON THE FLY
One of the most notable features of Touch Time is the ability to select from seven different built-in time displays with a simple swipe of your finger. The display itself can also be inverted, giving you up to 14 different watch dial appearances ranging from oversized digital to analog time dials. Touch Time is also one of the first watches ever that like your Smartphone allows you to customize the language displayed and supports English, French, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, and German.
BUILT IN APPLICATIONS
Fully utilizing the "always on" high resolution display, Touch Time features conventional watch functions designed like they belong on a Smartphone. Launch any app with a simple touch of the corresponding icon displayed in the menu screens. These watch apps include:
- Alarm with the ability to set up to 6 different alarms
- Stopwatch with ability to display detailed lap data (up to 99 laps)
- Reminder to keep track of future daily events and tasks
- World time allows display of up to 6 different time zones
- Calendar displays past, current, and future monthly views
- Calculator with oversized numerical and mathematical symbol buttons
- Lunar displays moon phase, days to full moon, and horoscope
NO NEED FOR SYNCING OR CHARGING
Smartwatches are all the talk today, but Touch Time isn't a Smartwatch, it’s a smart-er watch. It offers the functionality wanted in a digital watch, without adding the complication to your life of having to sync it or charge it. Touch Time is powered by a user replaceable coin cell battery, and has 1+ year battery life!
DESIGNED FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN
Touch Time features a modern, button-less case design, and is sized perfectly for both men and women. The low profile stainless steel case and soft silicone strap delivers the performance and comfort that is expected of a watch to be worn every day.
The Touch Time watch was designed to provide next generation functionality, while still maintaining the uncompromising characteristics you expect from a digital watch.
- Bright white LED backlight
- Low power, high resolution (144 x 168) LCD display that is "always on"
- Over 1 year of battery life with replaceable coin cell battery (CR2032)
- Select between either 12 hour or 24 hour time display modes
- Water resistant up to 30 meters (3ATM)
- Unisex sized (34mm wide and 10.7mm case thickness)
- Multilingual support built-in: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish, and Norwegian
PLEDGE $20: Get Phosphor branded T-Shirt and help spread the word. Free US shipping included add $15 to ship internationally.
Touch Time is available in a number of different silicone strap and bracelet versions each available at different rewards levels.
PLEDGE $89 (SOLD OUT): First backers act fast! The first 200 Touch Time watches with stainless steel case and black silicone strap off the assembly line are available at the great price of $89. Free US shipping included. Add $25 to ship internationally.
PLEDGE $99: The Touch Time watch with stainless steel case and black silicone strap is expected to be the most popular style, and will retail for $159. Kickstarter backers get this version now for just $99. Free US shipping included. Add $25 to ship internationally.
PLEDGE $115: Select a Touch Time watch that features a stainless steel metal case and a colored silicone strap version, expected retail of $159. Your choice of color silicone strap version: white, orange, light blue, or pink. Free US shipping included, add $25 to ship internationally. After the project ends we will follow up with you to determine which silicone color version you would like to receive.
PLEDGE $145: Select a Touch Time watch that features a stainless steel metal case and a strap made of seatbelt webbing material, expected retail of $179. Your choice of color strap version: orange or black. Free US shipping included, add $25 to ship internationally.
PLEDGE $149: For those with higher end tastes you will receive a silver stainless bracelet version, expected retail of $199, yours now for just $149.Free US shipping included, add $25 to ship internationally.
PLEDGE $159: For those with higher end tastes you can also choose to get the gunmetal black stainless steel bracelet version, expected retail of $209, yours now for just $159. Free US shipping included, add $25 to ship internationally.
PLEDGE $165: NEW REWARD - Sept. 21st - Receive a Touch Time watch with stainless steel case and mesh metal band, expected retail of $210. Free US shipping included, add $25 to ship internationally.
PLEDGE $175 – NEW REWARD Sept. 13th – Limited Edition Kickstarter Green – Receive a serially engraved gunmetal black stainless steel case with our logo and home dot in Kickstarter green and black silicone strap. Available to the first 500 backers. Free US shipping included, add $25 to ship internationally.
PLEDGE $195: Select any TWO Touch Time watches that feature a stainless steel metal case and a colored silicone strap, expected retail value of $318. Your choice of any color silicone strap version available: white, orange, light blue, pink, OR black. Free US shipping included, add $35 to ship internationally. After the project ends we will follow up with you to determine which two silicone color versions you would like to receive.
PLEDGE $249: Select any TWO Touch Time watches that feature a stainless steel metal case and any colored silicone strap and any bracelet version, expected retail value of $350 or more. Your choice of any color silicone strap available: white, orange, light blue, pink, OR black, and either bracelet version: gunmetal black or silver stainless steel. Free US shipping included, add $35 to ship internationally. After the project ends we will follow up with you to determine which versions you would like to receive.
PLEDGE $290: Select any THREE Touch Time watches that feature a stainless steel metal case and a colored silicone strap, expected retail value of $475. Your choice of any color silicone strap version available: white, orange, light blue, pink, OR black. Free US shipping included, add $35 to ship internationally. After the project ends we will follow up with you to determine which three silicone color versions you would like to receive.
PLEDGE $295: Select any TWO Touch Time watches that feature a stainless steel metal case and any bracelet version, expected retail value of $398 or more. Your choice of either the gunmetal black or silver stainless steel bracelet. Free US shipping included, add $35 to ship internationally.After the project ends we will follow up with you to determine which two bracelet versions you would like to receive.
PLEDGE $499: Get the Touch Time Kickstarter Limited Edition version, an 18K gold-dipped case with black silicone strap, and serially engraved case. Only 200 pieces ever to be made! Free US shipping included. Add $25 to ship internationally.
PLEDGE $899: Be a top backer and get all 7 Touch Time styles with a combined expected retail value of $1200 for just $899. Give one to everyone in your family or your friend circle! Free US shipping included. Add $50 to ship internationally.
PLEDGE $1,050 – NEW REWARD Sept. 13th – Collector’s Edition – Select any 10 stainless steel case and silicone strap versions of your choice, including the Kickstarter Ltd Edition version. Choose from silicone strap colors: white, black, orange, light blue, and pink. Free US shipping included add $100 to ship internationally.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
We have finalized the hardware design and produced the initial Touch Time working samples. The case and strap tooling is underway, but we need your help to finalize our software development and go into mass production.
Here is how we will invest the funding we receive:
- Software Development. We have started the software development but the majority of the funding requested will be applied to complete final software coding and testing.
- Engineering Support. Additional engineering support is required to finalize the design details for internal hardware and case design
- Mass Production. We need your support to secure procurement of the long lead components and meet the minimum order quantities required by the factories.
With your support we expect to have the first production Touch Time watches in your hands by November. We are excited about this project and hope you are too. We appreciate your support and please pass on word of this project to others.
Phosphor is a new American watch brand. Currently producing a line of watches that utilize the same E INK epaper display technology found in the popular Amazon Kindle. Phosphor also manufactures a line of watches that utilize the world's first mechanical digital watch movement based on its own proprietary magnetic display technology.
We are watch fanatics, and Touch Time is an ambitious project for our small watch company. We have validated the design and functionality in our first working samples shown in the video, but we need your support to finalize the software development and get the product into production at our existing factory and launched later this year.
Q: How is development proceeding?
A: Our factory has just shipped to us on September 28th the 5 samples shown below out of the first 40pcs of off-tool samples being assembled now with the final case/strap toolings and sixth, and expected last board spin. We will post video week of Oct. 1st once these samples are received showing the great touch functionality and watch apps. More work to be done to turn beta software into bug free final release candidate this next month, but the software team is working on it.
Q: I pledged $115 what silicone color versions can I choose from?
A: You can choose from the following four styles. We will contact you when
we are funded to record which color you want to order. All styles come with all seven dial faces.
Q: How do I set Time, Date, Alarms, and Reminders?
A: Touch Time handles all settings using scroll wheels just like a Smartphone to set everything from Time, Date, Alarms, and Reminders. A simple "swipe and set" versus typical digital watches of today requiring multiple button presses.
Q: What is the “dot” located below the screen for?
A: Touch Time features a screen lock function so you don't inadvertently
change the display. To unlock the screen you simply touch the "home dot"
and swipe up with your finger.
Q: How do I turn on the bright LED backlight?
A: Anytime just "double tap" the home dot below the main screen and the backlight will turn on, and timeout after period of time with no touches on the screen.
Q: How do I modify my pledge now that there are additional Rewards?
A: To change your pledge, select the blue Manage Your Pledge button in the upper right corner of the project page. On the following page first modify your Pledge amount to the desired pledge, and check the corresponding Reward selection.
Q: Do you support a Countdown Timer app?
A. After many requests for a Countdown Timer capability we are now in process of adding this functionality. Here's a quick snapshot on how it will work. First, when the user launches the new CHRONO icon from the main menu, you can toggle between a Stopwatch function and Count Timer by a simple touch of the icon in the upper left of the display.
Then, when in Countdown Timer mode, there is a very simple screen
where you can see hours/minutes/seconds displayed, and a button to select
"START". A simple swipe to the right allows you to access the scroll wheels
to set the hours/minutes/seconds to be counted down for up to 24 hours. Once running, you can Pause or Reset the timer. When the timer runs
out, there will be an audio tone to notify you.
On this first version of Touch Time we only have a piezo buzzer alarm, no vibrator motor. We do feature a SNOOZE window that appears when one of the up to six alarms goes off, where you can turn off the alarm or select SNOOZE.
Yes we will sell all the colored silicone straps individually for $15, and a user can replace them using an inexpensive tool or any jeweler can replace the straps in just a few minutes.
The built-in watch apps have are configurable in the watch so no external syncing is required.
For the $115 pledge the white, pink, and blue silicone straps have a silver stainless steel case, and the orange silicone strap version has gunmetal black stainless steel case.
The watch is unisex designed and is wearable by both men and women and can fit wrist diameters in range of 135mm to 220mm.
Yes our stainless steel bracelet versions are easily adjustable like any other bracelet watch sold. They feature pinned links, and with a simple tool one can push out the pins and remove the links to size to their wrist or take the watch to any jeweler that can resize the bracelet in just a few minutes.
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