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Product Design
Published: 1 Sep 2015

Smartwatch With Bendable Screen

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Wove Band by Polyera

US-based flexible electronics company Polyera has developed the world's first smartwatch with a bendable digital screen, called the Wove Band.

It features a flexible E-ink film and double-layered organic LED displays to create a touchscreen that can either be used flat or flexed around the wearer's wrist – enabling a far larger display than other smartwatches on the market. The screen – which is integrated into the wristband itself – covers 75% of the simple strip design, and will display content such as weather forecasts, news headlines and emails with a simple tap.

Prototypes will be available for developers by the end of the year, with the watch released for consumer use by mid-2016.

First highlighted in Elastic Tech, flexible displays are providing a more human approach to technology – particularly within the wearables market, where there is growing demand for subtle and pliable interfaces that can mould to the body. Hi-tech developments are enabling this by embedding technology within ultra-thin materials – see Smart Surfaces for further insight. For more on the state of the wearables market, including how material advances are driving innovation, see our coverage of the Wearable Technology Show from earlier this year.

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