Luxury Phosphor Watch Uses E Ink Printed Display
“The phosphor watch with the ink on paper look E Ink display has a significantly better viewing angle than watches with typical Liquid Crystal displays, and a much better contrast in high brightness situations than any emissive display,” said Chris King, SID Fellow, and co-founder of Planar Systems.
Previous luxury watches using E Ink displays have been limited to small editions and priced at $2,000 or more. Art Technology is selling this watch directly from its website at www.phosphorwatches.com for $250 - affordable for any watch enthusiast who will enjoy the combination of luxury and convenience of the analog-digital Phosphor E Ink watch.
E Ink’s cutting edge Vizplex film based electronic paper technology enables a new generation of watch devices with the following display benefitsº
Ultra High Contrastº The display is made up of pure black and pure white particles, which allow the same contrast as found on a printed page; more than twice the contrast, of a conventional LCD panel. Although the exact materials are not revealed, the company says that paper like appearance is achieved by paper like pigments, so maybe that means titanium dioxide for white and carbon black for black. It can be easily read in either bright sunlight or in dimly lit environments.
Low Power Consumptionº Since the display is readable under very low light conditions, no backlighting is required. The display also has an inherently stable ‘memory effect’ that requires no power to maintain an image. For these reasons, battery life can be extended.
Wide Viewing Angleº With a viewing cone of 180 degrees, the electrophoretic technology overcomes the disadvantages of conventional displays when it comes to off-axis viewing. Together with its high contrast, it allows the user to read the time at a glance from any angle.
By Teresa Henry