Thursday, October 3, 2019

Inventions that had very personal beginnings


“What inventions had deeply personal beginnings?”
In 1981, a young engineer in Japan named Kikuo Ibe broke the mechanical watch his father had given him as a gift. Ibe accidentally dropped the watch on his way to work and it smashed into pieces on the floor. At the same time, he started to observe some construction workers around his office who were using jackhammers and realized they were never wearing any watches because of the vibration. After that he came up with an idea to create a tough watch that can't be destroyed.
When Ibe later got a job at Casio Computer Co., Ltd., he developed the chunky digital watch called G-Shock. The G-Shock was conceived as a watch which would have triple 10 resistance, meaning it would have a battery life of 10 years, have a water resistance of 10 bar and could survive a fall of 10 meters. Since most watches on the market were made as slim as possible, it was not an immediate success, appealing only to construction workers and police officers. But it later became a style icon when the skateboarding craze hit the world, leading youngsters to seek a tough timepiece that matched their baggy clothes. Subsequently G-Shock became very popular amongst the general public. On September 1, 2017, Casio celebrated its 100 millionth shipment of G-Shocks worldwide.

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