Onyx International makes a line of eReaders featuring E Ink displays. Now the company is showing off a smartwatch prototype with the same type of low-power, sunlight readable display.
It has a 1.56 inch display which only uses power when the screen is refreshed, which means the screen can remain on all of the time, but the watch will probably still have longer battery life than one with a color LCD display. The watch is also waterproof.
The Onyx smartwatch can synchronize with a phone over Bluetooth, includes a pedometer for tracking steps, and has three buttons on the side of the device for navigating watch faces, menus and other settings.
Charbax from ARMdevices got a chance to check out an early prototype at the HKTDC show in Hong Kong recently, where he found out that future versions of the watch could include touchscreens, GPS, and other features.
Onyx doesn’t expect to bring its E Ink smartwatch to market until 2015 at the earliest, but if you’re looking for a smartwatch with an ePaper screen you don’t have to wait that long. You can always pick up a Pebble or Pebble Steel for $99 and up.