Move over smartwatch, here comes the Smart bracelet
E-ink Eyecatcher smart bracelet promises year-long battery
Start-up Looksee Labs has made a Smart bracelet, the Eyecatcher, a high-tech accessory that attempts to fuse art, fashion and technology by displaying custom images, slideshows, app-notifications and breaking news.
Right now on Kickstarter, the Eyecatcher is the boldest attempt we have seen yet trying to bridge the gap between fashion and function. Shaped like a normal bracelet, a wrap-around screen displays custom notifications delivered from your phone via Bluetooth, allowing you to transmit clock faces, maps, notifications, QR codes, activity, boarding passes and more.
At the heart of the ultra-long battery life promise is a low-powered always on E-ink screen, like used on Kindle e-readers. Looksee Labs says a single charge can last through 8,000 updates, or one year.
The Eyecatcher will display patterns you select from the app that can be changed automatically or as often as you want. You can even make your own designs by taking photos camera to personalize your look.
As opposed to smartwatches, the Eyecatcher has no controls on its own and everything that shows up on the bracelet is transmitted via Bluetooth through an iOS smartphone app. It does have 8MB of built-in memory for storing up to 12 images to display on the screen on a slide show.
The Kickstarter project is aiming to raise $75,000. It just launched and has already raised more than USD55, 000.