Why yes, yes indeed. Â We’ve shown you some interesting ones (such as this one from Division Furtive), and many of the projects you see have some pretty unique twists. Â Well, today is really taking an e-ink display and running far, far away.
Most of (unfulfilled) promise that we’ve seen for e-ink are thin, flexible displays. Â Some prior e-ink watches have made tentative steps in that direction, but this Kickstarter project (seen here) from Central Standard Timing really is setting the high-water mark. Â How are they going to do it?
First, they start off by etching a single piece of steel with a 0.5mm thin pocket to hold all of the components. Once everything is assembled, the thing weighs less than five(!) pennies. Â Of course, with things that thin and light, you’d be tempted to call it a design mockup, as there are no controls on the watch.
Those, instead, are found on a base station, which also serves as a charging source for the watch. Â The charge itself should last for a month (low power display for the win), will charge in 10 minutes, and the cell holding the juice can go through over 10,000 charge cycles. Â In other words, so long as you don’t take a hammer to the watch, it should last a good long time.
Purely in terms of function, this is a fairly simple watch. Â In terms of design and engineering, however, you’re in a whole different ballgame. Â I’m glad to see that they’ve already passed their funding goal with more than a month yet to go on the project. Â If you’d like to get in on the action with this lightweight piece, head on over to the project page and pledge your support.