Sony may not be faring all that well in the smartphone segment, but it looks like the vendor's smartwatch efforts are about to head in a new direction. Bloomberg is reporting that Sony is working on a smartwatch that will be constructed using a patented material similar to e-paper that will allow the entire surface of the watch to be used as a display. It is believed that users will also be able to customize the appearance of the watch thanks to this technology.
Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg had this to say about Sony's upcoming smartwatch:
The watch's face and wrist band will be made from a patented material that allows the entire surface area to function as a display and change its appearance, the people said, asking not to be named because it hasn't been announced. The device will emphasize style, rather than trying to outdo more technological offerings like Apple Inc.'s watch and Sony's own SmartWatch, they said.
The e-paper smartwatch is the first idea to come out of Sony's new innovation program, which CEO Kaz Hirai created earlier this year. Dubbed "the driving force for our new Sony," the program's mandate is to come up with new ideas that are on par with the likes of the Walkman and the PlayStation. Other projects that are currently in the pipeline include Mesh, a platform of hardware blocks that can be interconnected via wireless that allows users to quickly build new inventions.
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