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Martin Frey. interaction and interface designer
JITWatch - the »Just in Time Watch«

A conventional watch

Looking at a conventional watch very often a "mental dialogue" happens:

These "on-the-fly" considerations and calculations are not only cumbersome but often very unprecise as well:

E.g. the necessary amount of time to cover the distance is estimated too optimistically or depends on irregular, external factors like timetable or traffic situation.

The thinking watch

JIT Watch offers the solution to that problem. JIT Watch is a thinking watch...

It is integrated into the user's Personal Area Network and has the capability to connect via Bluetooth with e.g. cell phones. This provides the watch with the following services: The watch knows the wearer's actual position coordinates via GPS, GSM-tracking or other techniques. In addition to that the cell phone enables a data connection with the www. Appointments with site coordinates can thus be synchronized. They were entered in advance e.g. into the cell phone or into the computer with a calendar tool like iCal. Furthermore the watch can access web-based navigation-, timetable- and traffic information services.


The integration of this information enables the watch to process the above described "mental dialogue" itself. Therefore the watch primary shows the time relatively depending on the following appointment and the users's position, as well as the remaining distance and remaining time. The user's actual position is compared with the position the user should be at that point of time to arrive at the final destination at the desired time. Depending on whether he is located close to the should-be position, or lags behind or is already ahead the watch shows that you are good in time, or that you have to hurry up or that you can slow down. This essential information is communicated with intuitively understandable color codes and pulsation if required. If necessary the watch can call the user's attention through vibration.

Reports, Publications (Selection)
FASTCOMPANY-jun2007_55x39.jpgFASTCOMPANY | The monthly US-Magazine FASTCOMPANY reports about JITWatch [Fri 15. Jun '07] FASTCOMPANY
makeblog_55x22.jpgmake: blog | Blogentry about the GIZMODO Gallery Interview by Jonah Brucker-Cohan in the pobular MAKE:blog [Fri 16. Feb '07]
shinyshiny_55x22.jpgshinyshiny.tv | Blogentry about 'JITWatch' in the weblog 'Shiny Shiny - A girls's guide to gadgets' [Fri 16. Feb '07]
popgadget_55x22.jpgpopgadget | Blogentry about 'JITWatch' in the weblog 'popgadget - personal tech, innovative lifestyle for women' [Tue 13. Feb '07]
designspotter_55x22.jpgdesignspotter.com | 'JITWatch' @ designspotter.com, the platform for designers and creatives [Wed 7. Feb '07]
engadget_55x22.jpgengadget.com | Blogentry with the title "Martin Frey's interaction projects make your senior thesis look lame" - wow, thanks! [Wed 7. Feb '07]
wired_55x22.jpgwired | The popular 'wired blog' mentions the 'gizmodo' article about my projects in the category 'elsewhere in the tubes' [Wed 7. Feb '07]
gizmodo_55x22.jpggizmodo.com | Blogentry about 'JITWatch' in the popular technology weblog about consumer electronics GIZMODO [Tue 6. Feb '07]
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FASTCOMPANY writes abou...
JITWatch was developped on the theme "Networked Objects" in Winter Term 2005/2006, Digital Media Class, Berlin University of the Arts. Thanks to: Jussi Ängeslevä
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