Sony said to be working on a smartwatch that is completely made of e-paper

Sony said to be working on a smartwatch that is completely made of e-paper
Ever heard of electronic paper, also known as e-paper, the energy-efficient display technology that tries to emulate the reading properties of normal paper? You can find it on most e-book readers, smartphones, wearables, and if the rumors are to be believed, on a Sony smartwatch soon. According to insiders, the Japan-based giant is currently developing a wearable that will employ patented e-paper-enabled material not only for its display, but for the wristband as well. This will allow the users of the gizmo to customize both the watch face and the band as per their liking. Whether Sony will use color or monochrome e-paper, however, is veiled in mystery.

The wearable, however, shouldn't be regarded as a successor to Sony's existing SmartWatch wearables. Instead, the company will try to test out the waters and see how such a device will perform on the market. Moreover, it will demonstrate Sony's newest technologies. At the same time, the e-paper wearable will put serious emphasis on "style, rather than trying to outdo more technological offerings". This apparently falls in line with a research which makes it clear that the design of a wearable gadget is among its most important assets.

As Sony is cutting down a substantial portion of its product portfolio in order to get back in the black and become profitable once again, it makes sense that it will try to re-establish its position as an innovator.

source: Bloomberg via Gizmodo

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9 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well they have to come up with something good and unique :p

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Long battery life! Period.

9. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Thank you!! they should make it in color e-ink fo those who want just a lil pizazz, And Regular Black n white, for those that want most battery tho.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Good going Sony. You can take the ink display cues from Kindle Voyage ;)

4. AndroidLollipop unregistered

Can it have touch controls?

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Of course.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Or side buttons could do good too.

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

e-paper does seem to be the smarter choice for a device that is on the arm, you aren't going to be demanding that much from it last I checked, check watch, maybe song, sms such does not require the high framerates and such that smartphone apps do, pebble had the right idea on that part.

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Stretch the screen to most of my wrist for multiwindow-tasking and give me 2 week battery life and I might consider it.

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