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UK e-display company Plastic Logic has unveiled its latest wrap-around smartwatch concept — the first E Ink watch with colour.
It was a danged shame when Plastic Logic abandoned its plans to produce a flexible E Ink e-reader, but the company has since gone on to produce some pretty sweet displays using its ultra-thin E Ink technology.
The company has just unveiled the third version: an ultra-thin, wraparound E Ink smartwatch with a vibrant colour display.
Now before you get excited about colour E Ink, it's actually not. The top overlay actually has coloured windows; when the E Ink display beneath changes to white, you can see the colour. However, it does look particularly striking.
It also has some really cool smartwatch features. The Twitter feed can be seen as a bird in the bottom part of the display. It also has a time display; a fitness tracker that displays speed and distance travelled; weather and location display; a heart rate monitor; incoming call display for a synced smartphone; and what looks like either email or text message notification.
However, since the watch is just a concept, it does have a few issues. The first is control. Although Plastic Logic can program it to display a demonstration, controls have not yet been built in. A small touch panel could be inserted at the bottom of the display without compromising the watch's size.
The other is that, at just 900μm, there's no room for essential components. such as the battery, a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi receiver, maybe a small Kindle Paperwhite-style front light. As you can see by a photo taken, by Tech Digest, these components are currently messily taped to the back.
Nevertheless, if these logistical issues could be solved, a Plastic Logic smartwatch could be the next big thing in E Ink smartwatches.