'Fire' lights up your wrist, but probably not your life

If you have trouble telling the time with the Fire from Tokyoflash, at least you're sure to be a conversation piece.

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With instructions this detailed, you just know you're in for trouble. Tokyoflash

Tokyoflash, which previously brought us such aptly named wristwatches as the Infection , has alerted us to its latest vexing timepiece, the Fire. But not to fret: if you have trouble telling the time with this thing (which you almost certainly will), at least you'll be a conversation piece.

Fire
Tokyoflash

The sci-fi-looking cuff, which weighs about a tenth of a pound, features plastic wrapped around a sheet of polished stainless steel with holes drilled into it. Beneath each hole are LEDs that represent units of time. Yellow LEDs indicate hours 1-12, red LEDs indicate groups of 10 minutes, and green LEDs indicate single minutes 1-9. Following all that? And I was told there would be no math involved.

Obviously, it would be a lot easier to just glance at your cell phone when someone asks for the time. But we certainly can't fault creativity--or the people who like to flaunt it on their wrists. The Fire is selling now for about $130, with free shipping.

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