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Sony FES Watch hands-on

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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posted on 09 Jan 2016, 16:03 6

1. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Looks neat.

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 09:35

10. sgodsell (Posts: 4731; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 16:12 5

2. prashant1707 (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Nov 2015)

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

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 16:48 2

3. LetThereBeLight (Posts: 80; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)

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

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 20:16

11. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 20:57

4. Mube007 (Posts: 249; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 00:01

5. MrAnonymous (Posts: 68; Member since: 25 May 2014)

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

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 00:48 2

6. bravo632 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)

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

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 09:21

8. Paella (Posts: 35; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)

No he is deaf

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 08:42

7. Ilikkaman (banned) (Posts: 39; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)

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

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 09:26

9. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 21:21

12. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

At lease make it a colored screen tech

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