We are living in an era when wearable tech is heavily dominated by smartwatches; still, there is still some room for paper, which in this case is the Sony FES Watch. It is part of the Japanese multinational company’s New Business Creation Department. It is a device that was successfully crowdfunded with the use of the company’s recently launched First Flight e-commerce site. The device merges the clean sharpness found in an e-reader paper that has the main function of what we can usually find in a watch – telling time.
The Sony FES Watch Comes Into the Market Straight From Japan
The Sony FES Watch is set in quite the reasonable price point, and it aims to bring a new level of versatility and style to wristwatches everywhere. Also, as far as wristwatches go, it has a function that is expected and it does it well, which is telling time.
So what sets it apart from other digital timepieces? Functionality speaking, it is leagues apart from what current smartwatches can do. This is a minimalist wristwatch at its core. Also, it has only one time function. Of course, knowing about this will throw some people off since many individuals are already looking for that “all-in-one” wearable tech. But there is still that wow factor which may draw a certain crowd into purchasing this luxurious looking watch.
For its design, the FES Watch has a front face and straps that are all made out from one continuous strip of e-paper. This is backed by a polycarbonate material that is durable but quite forgiving as it still fits comfortably around the wrist. It is all held together by the conventional fold-over clasp.
It is placed on the thin side as it only offer 7.5-millimeters in terms of thickness. It also has a weight of 43-grams, in which most of that weight already comes from the metal clasp. This is a drastic change from what you can see from the all-metal and hefty design from many normal wristwatches.
Battery life is said to last about 2 years before needing to be replaced. It is waterproof but only to the extent of rain so users are advised never to wear the wristwatch while swimming.
For a featureless watch, the Sony FES Watch has a simple but very durable build. Still, it will only a attract a specific group as most people are now looking for multi-functional smartwatches. Still, you can’t go wrong with this watch on your wrist to be a great conversation starter.