PlasticLogic is Working on a Color ePaper Watch Concept (video)

plastic logic Color watchAs you can see from the screenshot at right, Apple isn't the only one working on a revolutionary watch concept.PlasticLogic, a company best known for their flexible, low-power epaper screen technology, has recently unveiled a new concept for a watch. This device makes full use of the flexible abilities of PL's screen tech to offer a design that hugs the natural curve of your wrist while still offering a large and sunlight visible display - something that can't be done with your average LCD screen.The video offers a few suggestions about how this watch might be used:

Ideally this watch could be paired with a smartphone or some other mobile device, thereby reducing its weight and cost, but PlasticLogic is clearly contemplating that this watch could be used as a fitness tool like the MotoActv smartwatch from Motorola Mobility.

And that is just one possible use. The relatively high resolution black and white display in the watch face is more than capable of displaying complex content like navigation information, images, weather info, and more.

And as you can see in the video, PlasticLogic has come up with a clever way to get around the problems of putting a color filter on top of a black and white epaper screen.

It might not be obvious in the video, but this watch is using a very simple color filter. Each segment of the ring of color that surrounds the watch face is only able to show a single color. The green segment can only show green, red segment can only show red, and so on. This lets the filter show a much stronger color without a gray undertone.

This watch is an excellent example of a smart way to use an epaper screen. when inactive it uses far less power, and when seeing heavy use it still offers more than enough detail to convey useful info.

P.S.  The watch shown above is PlasticLogic's second design. Here's a video of the design that they unveiled in May 2012:

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on PlasticLogic is Working on a Color ePaper Watch Concept (video)

  1. Really? I’m still waiting for their first tablet to come out. Just more vaporware.

  2. Their second design – also known as Watch Concept *3*. LOL

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