Getting caught up on my gadget news this morning, I noticed that my pals over at Gizmodo got the scoop on a new E-paper watch that Seiko exhibited at Baselworld 2005. It actually looks more like a bracelet than a watch, but since it tells the time, I guess that makes it a watch. The concept is very interesting. It contains a curved sheet of high-contrast e-paper (electronic paper) which displays both the time and a constantly changing mosaic pattern. Here’s what Seiko has to say.
Seiko Introduces the First E-paper Watch
“We aimed to develop a new type of watch that has never existed before. Then electronic paper caught our eye. Through the utilization of its curvable property, innovative designs have become available. As this is the first watch ever that uses e-paper in the industry, we believe that the industry will be strongly interested in it.”
I believe they are right, at least in Japan. The coolest Japanese watches never seem to make it to our shores, except through super secret Japanese contacts we Japanese watch fanatics maintain. Anyway, the Seiko e-paper watch may be available in Japan as early as this year.