Most smartwatches on the market look like traditional watches: they’ve got a watch face and a separate wrist strap that holds the watch to your body.

But the upcoming Wove Band is basically one big screen. That’s because it uses a flexible E Ink panel as its display. The entire screen can bend around the curve of your wrist, allowing you to view and interact with content along most of the wrist strap.

The makers of the Wove Band hope to bring their watch to market in 2016, but the folks at Android Authority have an early look at a prototype.

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The device features a 1024 x 200 pixel grayscale, touch-sensitive E Ink display on one side, and a series of segments on the other that can bend around your wrist.

There are a few larger sections where the Wove Band hides its charging port, processor, battery, and other hardware.

Right now, the developers are showing demo software that gives us an idea of what the device might eventually be able to do. It could decorate your wrist with artwork, turning the Wove Band into a bracelet. But it could also display full-text for email messages or other content, allow you to view a notification on the top of your wrist (where a normal watch would hang out), and flip over your wrist to read the full message.

The Wove Band features a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, and a 230 mAh battery. It runs a modified version of Android 5.1 called WoveOS.

 

 

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2 replies on “Wove Band smartwatch has flexible E Ink touch display”

  1. I like where this idea is going. For me to be convinced to buy a smart watch it’s going to have to compete in screen real estate with a smart phone or even a small tablet, since I expect the wrist band device to replace, not just supplement, some of their latter’s functions. Smart watches that take their cues from traditional watch faces are off on the wrong track. Three of the four sides of your wrist are easily accessible. They should all be used.

    1. The problem is making an affordable flexible durable color display. I
      certainly agree that wristbands/bracelets are going to be a major play
      in wearables eventually, but the smart watch is simply a more feasible
      form at the moment.

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