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Tag Heuer goes smart

Baselworld 2015 marks a change in direction for Tag Heuer. A lot has happened in between the previous edition of the fair including, a change in the brand’s direction, layoffs and a new CEO: Jean-Claude Biver. All this has led to a climatic announcement of a partnership between Google, Intel and Tag Heuer.


Heart Rate Monitoring Wristwatch

From the ashes of Nokia, comes PulseOn. A spinoff of Nokia’s contribution to the new health wristlet market in the form of a heart rate monitoring wristwatch that’s more accurate than the current crop available in the market. Founded by Tero Mennader, the patented technology for the wristwatch was developed while he worked at Nokia…

World’s first Solar GPS Watch

Billed as the ‘watch that understands time zones’, Seiko has created the first solar powered GPS watch that receives GPS signals and identifies the time zone, time and date data using four GPS satellites. The watch updates automatically once a day and also on demand. It’s named after the company’s 1969 predecessor which was the world’s first quartz watch. It will be released in the fall of 2012 with a price of around 2000-3000 euros. There will be five models with one special edition limited to 2500 units. related links Seiko

The Connecting Fabric

My earlier post on the Tik tok/Luna tik straps for the Apple Nano got a retweet by Bill Geiser who is a Vice President at Fossil: @billg: RT @wristfashion: Why the race for the next gen watch will be won by something that is not a watch @wristfashion: @billg thanks for the retweet. I just saw your profile. you seem like you’re working on something very interesting. @billg: @wristfashion time will tell….no pun intended :^) @wristfashion: @billg honestly, i expected fossil to have been all over the next-gen watch category ages ago. @billg: @wristfashion it’s all about market timing….the…

Folding digital screen for watches?

In their battle against the onslaught of the cell phones, watches have always faced a uphill battle due to their limited screen sizes. Well, they might just be able to overcome it – Samsung is showing off a prototype phone with a flexible Oled display that can be folded. Now imagine a wristwatch the folds into a larger display. related links Engadget: Samsung Concept Phone unfolds

Watch Straps that never get wet?

Researchers at the University of Zurich have developed a nanotech fabric technology that repels water. The fabric is made from polyester fibres coated with millions of tiny silicone filaments and when water falls on it, it stays as spherical balls on top of it until they are rolled off like marbles. So water can easily bounce off the fabric without leaving a trace. related links Nanotech Clothing can never get wet

Germ Killing Watches?

A ten week study funded by the copper industry has found that copper fittings such as taps and toilet seats helped reduce the presence of bugs like MRSA and C difficile. Even though the research was in the context of hospital wards, there is no reason why a copper wristlet couldn’t tout the same benefits. Read more. related links Copper fittings ‘all but eliminate superbugs’

Create Watch Prototypes out of Paper

Gizmodo points to a new 3d printer that makes the entire process even more affordable by using paper and common water based glue. The printer is called the Mcor Matrix and will be releasing soon. I hope to get my hands on one of these. related links Mcor Technologies (via Gizmodo)

Future Watch may read fingerprint through display

AU Optronics Corp of Taiwan has developed a 2.8-inch LCD panel that also has the function to scan a fingerprint in a few seconds after a finger is placed on it. This could potentially be a great addition to any medical device where you need to verify the owner of the data. The LCD panel is mounted with optical sensors and a detection circuit. Each pixel is equipped with four sensors. The LCD panel is integrated with optical sensors and a detection circuit as the panel with the fingerprint scanning function. The sensors respond only to UV light and can…

New Watch Display: Philip’s Liquavista

Liquavista, a spin-off of Philips Research Labs, has launched a new type of display for information devices like wristwatches and cellphones called the ColorBright. Color Bright uses a patented electrowetting technology where a voltage is used to control a layer of colored oil. The colored oil covers the background and acts a layer that can be switched on and off to reveal numbers, text or even graphics. You also have the freedom to define what part of the display you want to cover with the oil so its flexible and the display can be made invisible by matching the background…

Watches made of super paper?

Now imagine buying a watch that is made of a material that is 10 times lighter and 500 times stronger than steel and it’s last name is paper. A little hard to swallow? Then meet ‘Buckypaper’, a material made from tube-shaped carbon molecules 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. Currently it can only be made at only a fraction of its potential strength, in small quantities and at a high price. Currently, researchers are predicting that it revolutionize light, energy efficient aircraft and automobiles, but I can easily imagine a high-end luxury brand jumping on the bandwagon. Who wouldn’t…

LCD layers in watches?

Designer Mac Funamizu came up with an idea for a cell phone / upmc that used two layers of LCDs together to create a sense of depth. No reason why we can’t do this on watches as well, is there? See below for images of his concept gizmo: