Waiting for a bus can be an infuriating experience due to the tiny text and confusing route guides. Additionally, it’s fairly common for buses to be delayed and cause commuters a great deal of distress. On another note, the plastic covers are usually cracked, and doesn’t encourage people to use public transport on a regular basis. However, the BBC has displayed what could be the future of bus timetables! What this might not seem the most exciting announcement, it’s interesting from a technological point-of-view. Instead of relying on paper, the new system will use E-paper to display ETAs in real-time and other essential sources of travel information.
It’s also extremely useful for individuals with poor eyesight, as the information is displayed via large, readable text and there’s even a button to illuminate the screen. This display type has been used on the Amazon Kindle and designed to be readable in bright sunlight as well as dimly lit areas. Obviously, this is only a trial and any sort widespread roll-out is bound to cost a huge amount of money. As a result, don’t expect to see e-paper timetables any time soon.
Remember that Sony Watch we reported on a few days ago? The one that’s made with ‘e-paper’? Well it has since been revealed. It turns out that it was in the public eye all along, as part of a crowdfunding campaign for a sort of secret part of Sony.
The FES Watch, as it’s known, has been designed by a company called Fashion Entertainments, now known as a subdivision of Sony. That company is part of Sony’s efforts to come up with crazy and innovative products, separate from their main product lines.
The watch itself, which will be available to supporters on the Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake after May next year, is completely covered in this ‘e-paper’ technology, that allows it to display simple differences in band styles, watch faces and more. It’s also said to last 60 days on a tiny button battery and reacts to the gestures of your wrist.
It’s not yet known when or if Sony will sell it widely, but it’s certainly an interesting concept.
Sony is said to be planning a watch made entirely from ‘e-paper’.
The entire band and watch face will function as a display, according to Bloomberg. E-paper can display images akin to those seen on Amazon’s Kindle – digital images that display like they would on real paper.
The watch is said to display simple images and be low powered, but uses e-paper in a way that is unique compared to other display technologies.
The new watch is said to be coming from Sony’s experimental efforts, with them attempting to create more innovative products that can compete with competitors.
This is a good move too, as we reported yesterday on how Sony is planning to slash its TV and smartphone product lines, all thanks to declining profits and falling market share, something Sony is eager to turn around.