Imagine being able to fold up your phone and put it in your pocket, or having the ability to wrap an incredibly light music player around your wrist like a bracelet before you go for a run. Imagine, even, rolling up your laptop like a scroll, taking it to the nearest surface, and being able to unfurl it like you’re an adventurer from an era gone by. Well, we’re one step closer to this with the startup electronics company Polyera announcing their new wearable: The Wove Band, which features a flexible display that can be wrapped around your wrist or used flat.
The Wove Band is essentially just a flexible touchscreen on whose surface the user will be able to tap and have access to weather forecasts, news and email. Polyera will also be opening a digital marketplace to purchase apps designed specifically for the Wove Band.
The device has been 10 years in development and uses the company’s own Digital Fabric Technology to remove the need for the back of the device to be rigid and enable a flexible display. The product uses E Ink to make the product thinner and lighter than glass could allow. The E Ink is also the reason for the Wove Band’s low energy consumption, allowing its large display to show a static design or pattern even when it’s not in use (like a Kindle). Thanks to this technology, the Wove Band can do all this whilst consuming less energy than a smartwatch.
The Wove Band has its own very nicely designed website which announces that submissions for free Wove 0.1 prototypes will open in September and asks anyone interested to check back in 40 days. You can also enter your email to receive alerts with new information.
However, Polyera aren’t the only company investing in researching flexible displays, as last year Apple were awarded their own patent, and Samsung announced a line of flexible displays called the Youm line in 2013.
If they prove to be more than a gimmick, the possibilities are huge for flexible displays. They could revolutionise wearables, as well as portable and home electronics, in ways that are small but significant such as saving space and being more robust than traditional displays.
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