Sony FES Watch hands-on

Sony had an uneventful CES 2016 press conference. Usually, the giant has been known in the past to throw some sick press conferences, but for this year, it was rather tamed – with no mention of anything mobile related. Despite that, it didn’t prevent us from perusing Sony’s booth later on. Interestingly, though, one particular item at its booth managed to pique our interest. It wasn’t some sort of high-end phone, or water proof tablet, but this cool e-paper watch called the FES Watch.

When you see a watch morph into different designs, you know it’s something sweet and different. To be honest, it’s a futuristic looking watch that commands attention due to how the watch face and band morphs into different designs – a total of 24 different options to be exact. Unlike most watches, too, the Sony FES Watch is incredibly thin throughout, as the band is integrated with the entire chassis. The electronic paper technology employed here gives the FES Watch long-lasting battery life in comparison to today’s modern smartwatches. In fact, we’re told that its internal battery can last up to 2 years.

Quite frankly, the FES Watch is a timepiece first and foremost, seeing that there’s no ‘smart’ aspect with it. Therefore, its sole purpose is to tell and keep time – nothing more, nothing less. So if you were thinking of more functionality, don’t bother with this. At the same time, though, it’s a different looking watch that’s certainly bound to command attention when it morphs. Whether it’s outdoors during sunny conditions, or at night, the way the FES Watch morphs enables it to have decent contrast to adapt to the lighting conditions.

If you’re thinking of getting this, we’re told that it’s being sold through the Museum of Modern Art for the price of $299.99. That’s a wallop to tell you the truth, especially for just something that’s JUST a timepiece, but we’re sure that some folks won’t mind picking it up for its uniqueness in the space.



1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Looks neat.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's cool how the band changes as well as the watch face. However if I am getting a smart watch. Then it better have smart watch features. They should use the guts of their SmartWatch 3 with this watch. Then it would better very cool. It would have GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, 4 gb of storage, Quad core CPU. Plus all the benefits from an e-paper display. Naturally they would only get from 3-5 days of battery, but the smart features would be there. From playing music, to full GPS tracking when you exercise. To opening doors, controlling cars, lights, and more. Not to mention all the notifications and being able to use your voice to do queries or run apps and things. I would pay 400 for that watch.

2. prashant1707

Posts: 83; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

looks good but if they could have added the functionality of notification alerts then it could have proved to be a great one.

3. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

If the strap covered with solar cell the battery would last forever...?!

11. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

or thermoelectric generator to produce power using the body's temperature.

4. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

Samsung gear neo and neo classic are just awesome watch, stunning display beautiful design

5. MrAnonymous

Posts: 95; Member since: May 25, 2014

So after two years, and the battery is dead, what do we do with it?? Is it rechargeable??

6. bravo632

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

Were you even listening to the video? He clearly answered your question.....

8. Paella

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

No he is deaf

7. Ilikkaman

Posts: 39; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Useless non tech item. Why post this dumb article. What happened to smart watch 4?

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Interesting piece of tech/proof of concept, but for $300 you can get a pretty damn nice proper watch or a smartwatch.

12. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

At lease make it a colored screen tech

13. greg7221

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 22, 2017

Very cool watch, I would buy it right away but, $299.00 is far too much for a watch battery that only lasts 2 years, them you have to send it in to have it repaired. I highly doubt they would send you a new watch back.

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