I Am Lusting Over Sony's New Paper-Thin E Ink Watch

Despite the added functionality that manufacturers keep trying to cram inside them, watches have always been, and will always be, a fashion accessory first. And that's why we're lusting over this new concept E Ink watch from Sony that can instantly change its design, but is also thinner than a credit card.

Sony already sells a similar E Ink-powered watch in Japan called the FES — which stands for Fashion Entertainments startup — but it's limited to just displaying black and white patterns, and is as thick as other smartwatches that can do a lot more for a price tag that inches north of $350 if you were to have the FES imported to Australia.

Sony actually revealed this second-generation FES watch back in July of 2016, but CES 2017 was our first opportunity to see it in person. It was trapped under a glass bell jar which meant we weren't able to handle it or try the watch on, but the wearable does finally introduce a splash of colour that can disappear or reappear underneath a thin layer of E Ink. It's also amazingly thin — almost to the point of making us worried about getting a paper cut while wearing one, but you would almost certainly barely feel it on your wrist.

There's no word on when Sony might actually sell this prototype, but since it did put the original FES watch into limited production, we're going to remain cautiously optimistic that we might one day be able to buy it, even if it requires a trip to Japan.


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    Forget smart watch, give me that as an entire forearm piece with a touch layer please!

      Yep, I was thinking the same thing, but they could do a full blown colour smartwatch with decent battery life too if they made it align with the wrist. Don't know why they haven't done this yet. Sure it might look a bit silly at first, but when people see how big the screen and how functional it is, I'm sure they'll come on board sooner or later.

    "Despite the added functionality that manufacturers keep trying to cram inside them, watches have always been, and will always be, a fashion accessory first"

    Nope. They have, and until the recent invention of the mobile phone made them rather superfluous, been for telling the time. Granted, mere seconds after inventing the pocket watch, someone else decided to make one that looked nicer, but that doesn't mean that looking nice was it's primary function.

    Why is Gizmodo so full of this type of hyperbole these days? Opinion isn't fact.

      Not for me and I'm sure others too. I don't carry my smartphone in my pocket for use as a watch, something I have to reach for rather that a quick flick of the wrist. A watch that I have control over its function's though, that's what I want.

        Neither do I. The watch I wear most was made in 1922 so it is definitely not smart, and is 50% a fashion accessory but this still doesn't mean its primary function is to look nice. It's primary function is to tell me the time. Stating otherwise is foolish.

        In saying the above though, I don't wear any of my watches (the fashion accessorys) at work, and the primary function of my phone is to tell me the time.


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