This baby is called The Bradley Timepiece. It’s named after Lt. Bradley Snyder who was blinded by an IED in Afghanistan in 2009. What’s the point? To create a reliable, functional, inclusive, and most importantly, good looking, timepiece for the blind and visually impaired.
Up until EOne started this project on Kick Starter earlier this year the only other alternative was a watch that yelled out the time loud enough for anyone within a 50m radius to hear or an analog watch with a cover that lifts up so the wearer can poke the watch hands. The VA gave me a few of those while going through blind rehab that all ended up going to my nephews because I couldn’t stand them. Now, I can check the time by feel without pushing clock hands off track. No voices, no headphones, no pulling my phone out of my pocket. This watch is awesome!
I first felt The Bradley when I met Lt. Brad Snyder in Washington DC earlier this summer. He was wearing the prototype, showed me how it worked and gave me the story behind it. It wasn’t long before I was planning on ways to get it off his wrist and onto mine. Fortunately, the Kick Starter project started a little later and I jumped on the opportunity to get one of my own. Well, two actually.
How it Works
There are two tracks with ball bearings inside that are magnetically attached to the hour and minute hands of the watch. Instead of looking at the hands of the watch you can feel the hour hand on the side of the watch and the minute hand on the top. As the time changes the balls follow the hands around the watch and at any time I can touch them to feel the time.
If I knock a ball off the magnet a quick twist of the wrist will send the ball around the track and it will stick right back in place. Obviously you need to be able to tell time on an analog watch which will disqualify some of you (Kally).
The Bradley has a titanium front face and side with a stainless steel back. You can pick a cloth colored band with a leather back or a stainless steel band which is what I chose.
It’s also waterproof up to 50m.
Who It’s For
While The Bradley was designed with the blind and visually impaired in mind it’s been very popular among sighted people as well.. The fact that EOne raised about half a million dollars to fund the project proves that point. for the first time a watch for the blind has been created with design in mind and the effort has paid off. It’s a conversation starter to be sure.
It has a unique design and is fit for anyone.
The Bradley looks awesome, feels awesome, and works amazingly well! I’ve been checking the time every fifteen minutes or so just because it’s fun! It’s got the little pull out wheel on the side that most watches have to set the time. Mine came already set to my time zone, lucky me!
The only issue I’ve had is adjusting the wrist band clasp. My wrist was a little too big for the size it was set to and after fiddling for thirty minutes or so, and failing completely, I wrote EOne a message on Facebook asking them how to adjust the band size. they responded in just a few minutes with three different videos about how to adjust the band.
Unfortunately my fingers aren’t small and nimble enough to lift the small catch that allows the clasp to slide. A very minor setback in the grand scheme of things but one I probably wouldn’t have figured out without help from my dear wife.
I love The Bradley Timepiece and highly recommend it to everyone, not just people who can’t see. It comes in a awesome case with a magnetic lid that I put it in at night.
EOne is still fulfilling Kick Starter orders but their success means that your chance to own The Bradley won’t be far off.
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