E Ink Digital Hour Clock Watch with Black Leather Band
by Phosphor Watches $185.00 USD
My primary interest is still, and always will be, collecting Nixie Clocks. However, I just found what is probably the first practical and mass produced e-ink watch. I’ve you’ve never seen an e-ink display, they are quite a bit different than the LCD monitor you’re using to read this. Instead of having the light be emitted from the display, light is reflected off of it like newspaper or any other printed medium. However, they have an amazing contrast ratio between black and white giving them a distinct advantage in legibility and making reading them on a sunny day easy.
They have three basic formats: traditional called Ana-Digi, square called Digital Hour, and my personal favorite is a full calendar called (shockingly) Digital Calendar. All watches are offered with a metal, leather or polyurethane wristband.
These things are beautiful. I want one. I have to imagine that these will become the e-ink equivalent of the Synchronar (world’s first LED watch…)
I won’t bore you with any more text. Here are the other photos:
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about e-ink technology:
Electronic ink is a proprietary material that is processed into a film for integration into electronic displays. Revolutionary in concept, electronic ink is a fusion of chemistry, physics and electronics to create this new material. The principal components of electronic ink are millions of tiny microcapsules, about the diameter of a human hair. In one incarnation, each microcapsule contains positively charged white particles and negatively charged black particles suspended in a clear fluid. When a negative electric field is applied, the white particles move to the top of the microcapsule where they become visible to the user. This makes the surface appear white at that spot. At the same time, an opposite electric field pulls the black particles to the bottom of the microcapsules where they are hidden. By reversing this process, the black particles appear at the top of the capsule, which now makes the surface appear dark at that spot.
To form an E Ink electronic display, the ink is printed onto a sheet of plastic film that is laminated to a layer of circuitry. The circuitry forms a pattern of pixels that can then be controlled by a display driver. These microcapsules are suspended in a liquid “carrier medium” allowing them to be printed using existing screen printing processes onto virtually any surface, including glass, plastic, fabric and even paper. Ultimately electronic ink will permit most any surface to become a display, bringing information out of the confines of traditional devices and into the world around us.
From PHOSPHOR Watches
Art Technology Limited
Unit 11, 7th Floor, Grand City Plaza No.1
Sai Lau Kok Road, Tsuen Wan
New Territories, Hong Kong