This smartwatch shows nothing but the time and the football score

Smartwatches are all the rage at the moment, with Samsung, LG Motorola, Google and even Apple getting in on the act of putting computers on our wrists.

But so far, most smartwatches have suffered by offering too many features - we want something halfway between an attractive conventional watch, and an internet-connected gadget which can improve our life.

And we might just have found it. The Hotblack smartwatch - currently a KickStarter project - displays nothing but the time and the score of your favourite football team’s current game.

When your favourite team isn’t playing the watch’s secondary dials show the date - but when your tame’s playing (and thanks to a Bluetooth connection and companion smartphone app), the dials show how many goals your team and their opponents have scored, and how many minutes of the game has been played.

It’s beautifully simple and just goes to show how a set of conventional watch dials can be transformed with the aid of a Bluetooth connection and a simple smartphone app for iOS and Android.

The watch is waterproof to 50 metres and its use of low energy Bluetooth means a conventional battery will keep it ticking and scoring away for three years.

Unfortunately the Hotblack is only a concept for now, and is being funded by a London-based KickStarter campaign which has so far raised almost £5,000 of its £23,000 goal with 20 days left to run.

You can help make the watch a reality by pledging £400 to secure your own Hotblack, should it enter production.

 

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