We had a good discussion about smart watches on our podcast earlier this week. We discussed the upsides and downsides of using an LCD display versus an E-Ink or Mirasol display, whether battery life was worth sacrifices, and what we want to see in the next series of smart watches. One of the more important things to come up was flexible displays.
However, what use are flexible displays when the circuitry itself isn’t flexible and will just hold the device back? Well Motorola has filed a patent for a smart watch concept that not only features a flexible display, but a flexible body made out of links. This means that the entire thing can flex as needed, forming to your wrist. And the link design means flexible circuitry isn’t necessarily needed.
It’s an interesting concept and one we hope will come to fruition soon. However, a patent says nothing about Motorola’s plans to actually build this thing. Plus, it’ll be tricky with circuitry having to be either separated and miniaturized for the links or made truly flexible. But maybe we’ll see something like this in the future!