A snappy approach to low-cost wearable displays

March 20, 2014 // By Julien Happich
UK Startup SnapWatch has unveiled its first prototype of a wrist-band display, effectively the combination of a steel snapband with a flexible electronic display.

Marketed as the SnapWatch to surf on the overhyped smartwatch wave, the wristband comes with a bistable electrochromic display developed by Swedish supplier Acreo.


On its website, the company mentions prototypes that incorporate watch, music replay and message display. From the mechanics disclosed, it looks like the display would be controled through two push-buttons situated at one extremity of the steel snapband together with the encapsulated electronics. ­

 

An exploded view of the SnapWatch mechanical assembly.

 

No mentions are made about connectivity or interactivity with any other device, but the novelty worth patenting according to SnapWatch‘s CEO Vincent Douglas is this fairly low-cost combination of a bistable and flexible display with a bistable steel snap band (and their integration with a control unit into a wrist-band form factor).

Bistable, mechanically and display-wise.

 

The company has secured its intellectual property with several patents granted in the UK, the USA, China and Europe and is looking for partners with application ideas to either license it or to purchase the IP altogether.