The Polyera Wove Band is a smartwatch with the first-ever flexible touch screen destined for consumer use.
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The Polyera Wove Band is a smartwatch with the first-ever bendable digital screen destined for consumer use. But before your inner skeptic starts freaking out, let’s look at the technology first. Digital screens work through two layers. The frontplane displays the images while the backplane has all the electronics that control the frontplane. The frontplane OLED and E-ink screens can already be bent but it’s the backplane that’s condemned to stiffness. To make truly bendable backplanes, Polyera developed proprietary materials to do the job. What these are, no one but them knows. The startup, which celebrates its 10th year of research this month, calls the groundbreaking technology Digital Fabric. The first images of the smartwatch are just impressive. The Polyera Wove Band doesn’t look like anything available today. A touchscreen E-ink display, like those in Pebble watches, occupies about 75% of the product’s outward-facing surface area. Screen size sets a crucial limit to smartwatch functionality. It’s hard to interact with a screen narrower than three fingers. You’ll look like you’re wearing a small bowl on your wrist if they’re made too big. If the human wrist is around seven inches, that’s about five inches of screen length on the Wove—game-changing for a wearable.