The smartwatch of the future is... screen-less?


Since the first sundials and water clocks, timepieces have always relied on visual cues to represent the passage of time. Save for the earliest mechanical clocks, which signaled time audibly by striking bells, this has remained a trait of time-keeping devices all the way up to the modern day. In fact, with the advent of smart wearables in recent years, we never would have thought a company would come up with a completely screen-less smartwatch. Well, they did.

No, we are not talking about those hybrid watches that throw in a couple of fitness tracking and notification capabilities in an otherwise traditional timepiece. We mean a solid, screen-less, dial-less, block of metal that lacks all properties required not only for visually representing the passage of time, but for any of the now commonplace features we've come to expect from modern-day wearable devices. Enter, the Moment smartwatch.

Moment is an interesting piece of tech. It has no screen, no numerals or hands, or even a dial. Instead, it relies on a single multi-color LED and an advanced haptic feedback engine comprised of four motors not only to tell you about incoming notifications, but to also give you directions when driving, serve as a compass when walking about, or even as your personal beat machine when playing an instrument or dancing. Oh yeah, and it also shows you — scratch that — lets you feel the passage of time as subtle vibrations rotating around your wrist. Using the aforementioned haptic feedback engine, Moment emulates the ticking of a clock on a tangible level as a constant stream of precisely punctuated vibrations makes its way around your wrist like the revolutions of a second-hand around the clock face.



U.S.-based Somatic Labs, the makers of Moment, are promising that their advanced haptic feedback system is so precise, that it can be used for navigation. According to Somatic Lab's website, the haptic motors will be able to convey the direction of upcoming turns as vibrational patterns on your wrist. We are not sure how this particular feature would pan out for drivers, but the example provided on the website claims bike riders will be covered.

Of course, Moment won't be able to display any notifications for obvious reasons, being more like a notification ticker in this respect, but it will be able let you feel caller IDs. That's right, the smartwatch will feature customizable caller IDs that will let you know who's calling through distinctive haptic feedback patterns. We are not sure if we will be able to easily distinguish between “George”, “Mary”, and “Mom” through these different feedback patterns, but who knows.


Either way, all of these are some pretty out-there concepts. We can't help but sort of like some of Somatic Labs' ideas for the Moment, not only for their utterly bizarre nature, but for the slim prospect of them actually working as promised in the end. It is highly unlikely that the Moment will ever enter the smart wearables mainstream, we don't think it was conceived with this in mind, but it still has the chance to create its own little and odd niche to occupy.

You can pre-order the Moment now for $179 instead of the $229 it will retail for in March of next year. 

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source: WearMoment

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9 Comments

1. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

No. It does not make sense. The first thing I need in a smartwatch is a watch! Time piece, clock! Other ways of telling the time have been introduced before but never works or last nor accepted by the majority.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Hum... though this sounds great in concept, I'll believe it when I'll get to try it out personally.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

$179 for a watch that doesn't tell you the time? Seriously?

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yeah, this is up their with one of the dumbest items to purchase. I could give a homeless guy on the street the $179, and he doesn't have to tell me the time. I would get the same results as if I purchased this so called watch less novelty item.

4. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Next, watch without the timepiece, only the strap. What's after? A phone with no display and all bezel?

5. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Those sound like some really courageous moves.

6. SailfishOS

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

Well... Its different and i want to know what it feels like when its working.

8. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

wtf is this from picture it still appears that it has screen

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

huh? where is tech leading us to?..

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