We've already seen Sony's e-paper watch, we just didn't know who made it


A week ago, we heard about Sony planning to build a watch entirely out of e-paper – the display technology, used in e-book readers, which can only go black or white. Sony's wearable would be able to change the colors not only of its watchface, but the bands aswell.

At that time, it reminded us a bit of FES Watch – a project from a previously unknown company (Fashion Entertainments), looking to develop exactly that type of a wearable, which was up on a Japanese crowdfunding website. Well, turns out, it was Sony that was behind FES in the first place.

Fashion Entertainments is actually a 5-man team, formed by Sony and given the task to create something interesting. The crowdfunding hoodwink was done not in an attempt to milk people for cash, but to see if the public would be interested enough to pay for such a device, if it didn't bear the name of a big-name company. Well, it seems there are enough fans, as the FES Watch did manage to get around $30,000 from more than 150 supporters. The backers should be expecting their preordered watches to arrive around May, 2015. Now, whether Sony will pick this tech up and launch an e-ink watch with its own name stamped on it, is yet unknown.

Would you buy an e-ink watch?


source: WSJ via XperiaBlog

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20 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

That looks nice.

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Hey it tells time! That's exactly what I need from a watch. Not so much the whole, hey your phone just got a notification.

16. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I still think the best thing is a combination of a classy mechanical watch and a smart bracelet. I wouldn't be able to live without my wrist notifications from the SmartBand anymore xDDD. But I really like this one. Simple is the way to go with smartwear. BTW computers should be updated to recognize words like phablet, smartwear, smartwatch and stuff. My PC always tell I misspell them :p

17. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Just add those words into your dictionary XD and you are still wearing that smart band? Awesome man :D

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah but on PC it's like you know built in to the browser (the spell check thing) and I guess I can't add my own words in there lol.

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Will the new watch run Android wear OS??

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Hopefully not.

12. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I doubt it must be running custom OS cause its e-ink, something like pebble

3. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

this is not a "smart"watch right? it feels more like a regular digital watch that is just not "regular" regular but "special" regular one :v if only they can make it color e-paper, I'm sold

5. diehardnokian

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

i dont think colors are possible with e ink displays..but i'm sure this watch could last way over a week on a single charge.

6. calim

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

60 days according to FES.

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

E-ink can have colours actually.

14. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

You're absolutely right and to support what you're saying this is a picture of Triton Color E Ink display. http://cdn.ientry.com/sites/webpronews/pictures/einktriton_616.jpg

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Looks really odd if you ask me.

8. AndroidLollipop unregistered

we won't ask you anyways.

11. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Actually there is an Apple logo on the back. (just kidding :) )

13. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's because it doesn't have an Apple logo.

7. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Apparently it costs 1100$! O_O

19. Furbal unregistered

e-ink version of the MS band would be great. Battery life is already pretty good.

20. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

This I would buy simply based upon the "cool and actually useful factor"...

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