E-Paper has transcended e-readers into other practical uses, such as digital signage and smartwatches. Wearable tech is something most companies are getting into because the industry is going to hit 62 billion by 2018. Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm are bluechip companies heavily invested in the wearable tech space, and many startups are getting into it for the first time. Today, we look at three different screen technologies currently being employed in smartwatches.
Pebble uses a e-Paper display, Sony uses an LCD and Seiko is using an e-Ink screen. The Seiko watch is not a true smartwatch, but we are hearing rumors of E Ink developing screen technology for companies to develop commercially viable products. The Seiko is basically a proof of concept that e Ink can be used quite well in the wearable tech space and just needs refinement before it is ready for the prime time.
In the video below, Michael and Peter of Good e-Reader give you a sense on how all of these watches perform in real world conditions. You can get a sense of their limitations and the things they pull off really well.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.