Here’s Something New
What do you get when you merge technology, innovation, and fashion? The answer? Eone Timepieces.
I’m almost embarrassed to admit that when I signed up for Twitter in May of 2012 try as I might, I just didn’t get it. I attempted to take a course or two to familiarize myself with the application but to compound my embarrassment I got nothing, zip, nada, zilch, naught, zero, diddly-squat. Why? Frankly, the courses were boring and served only to add to my confusion.
Two years later, though still a little green, Twitter isn’t as intimidating as I once thought. I’ve even connected with a few people (amazing I know) and today’s post is a result of one of those connections.
In early November of this year, Lis Malone, a disability rights advocate and woman after my own heart, connected with me. Liz then pointed me to Eone-Time whose timepieces could be a potential subject for Bold Blind Beauty and the rest as they say is history.
When I visited Eone-Time’s website and scrolled down I saw what appeared to be a watch but like none that I’ve ever seen. Introducing The Bradley Black was the title next to the image of the watch. Intrigued, I kept scrolling down.
With each additional screen that appeared as I kept scrolling down the page, I was more, and more impressed. The information said things like “We believe that good design is not exclusive but inclusive” and “Good design is universal, considering everyone from all backgrounds and walks of life.”
‘You’ve got my attention’ I was thinking as I continued to peruse the site. Then I saw it: this sleek, beautifully designed silver-colored timepiece. Now I understood why it was called a timepiece as opposed to a watch. For a piece of jewelry this exquisite to be referred to as a watch would be the equivalent of comparing one who is tone-deaf to an opera singer.
What stopped me in my tracks was the unparalleled stylishness and universal design of Eone Timepieces. Universal design, with limited exceptions, takes into account everyone.
According to the Center for Universal Design, North Carolina State University…
Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. ~Ron Mace
Eone-Time’s timepieces are named after Bradley Snyder a blinded ex-navy officer who won one silver, and two gold medals in swimming competitions at the 2012 Paralympics in London. The story of how Bradley lost his eyesight then went on to compete in the Paralympics can be seen HERE.
Eone Timepieces take tactility to a higher level. Below are descriptions:
- On the circular face are tactile markers at each hour (major markers are textured to distinguish between minor markers)
- In the center of the face is a ball bearing that indicates minutes
- Turning the timepiece sideways there is a second ball bearing on the outer rim that coincides with the tactile markers on the face to indicate hours
Currently there are three timepieces from which to choose:
- Bradley Black – Black Titanium case with black stainless steel mesh wristband.
- Bradley Classic Mesh – Titanium case with stainless steel mesh wristband.
- Bradley Classic Canvas – Titanium case with canvas and soft leather wristband. Wristband comes in six different colors.
I’m going to show people that I’m not going to let this beat me. I’m not going to let blindness build a brick wall around me. I am going to find a way forward. ~Brad Snyder
Eone Time has this to say about the Universal Design of their timepieces:
“For the visually impaired, the Bradley makes day-to-day life possible without drawing attention to their disability.
For sighted users, the Bradley offers a unique and discrete way of telling time— whether you’re in a business meeting, social luncheon, or dark theater.”
In my opinion Eone and similar companies who are developing products and services with the needs of the masses in mind are outstanding. This forward thinking is the type of rationale that will move us closer to a more inclusive society.
At the bottom of this article you can find contact information and social media links to Eone Time.
“Because telling time shouldn’t require sight.” ~Eone
1200 18th St NW, Suite 703
Washington DC 20036