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.


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