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December 4, 2005

First Commercial E-paper Watch

Seiko unveils their first commercial version of the e-paper watch that we covered back in July. The company intends to release only 500 units of the watch in January and hopes to use the novelty of the product to spark new demand for such wristwatches.

related links

Popgadget: Bendable E-paper Watch (via Gizmodo)
Wf: Basel 2005: Seiko’s Big Turn
Update: The price will be $2500. (Source: Timezone)

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Body based technology

Newsweek Magazine files in a report about the potential of body based technology that allows the human body to act as a wireless networking tool. This very technology is central to Docomo’s concept wristwatch-phone that transfers the voice signal through your body:

In his gadget-filled office at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Prof. Kohji Mitsubayashi tells a visitor to touch a transmitter with one hand and a receiver with another. Voila! A jaunty TV jingle blares from a pair of attached speakers. Surprised, the visitor releases both gadgets, and the music stops. The simplicity and strangeness of becoming a human circuit—with electrical signals coursing through one’s body from fingertip to fingertip—is so fascinating that visitors usually repeat the act. “Fun, isn’t it?” says Mitsubayashi, grinning.

Not just fun. Japan is abuzz over the potential of such body-based technology as the ultimate wireless networking tool. A string of Japanese companies are experimenting with systems that use the human body to conduct electricity—some manipulating weak currents that pass through the skin itself (as body-fat scales do), others taking advantage of electrical fields on the surface of the body. Associated products are on the way. The question is whether this represents a paradigm shift in the way we think about wires.

related links:

Newsweek: Getting Your Body (And Soul) Wired

“>Wf: Finger Whisper

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