Sony is back with a new crowd-funded smartwatch called the FES Watch U, which comes as a successor to the e-paper FES Watch that was launched in December 2014. The upgraded FES Watch comes with an e-ink display and e-ink bands, which can be customised using a companion app on your smartphone. The company is funding the FES Watch U on its First Flight crowdfunding platform in Japan.
The Sony FES Watch U smartwatch pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth, and lets you change its watch face and the band’s style. Initially, there will be 12 base designs available for the device, but they will be increased over time, and will be delivered through a companion smartwatch application.
The FES Watch U comes in three variants – White, Silver and Premium Black. The wearable’s Premium Black variant gets a layer of scratch-resistant sapphire glass on top of the display. It features a steel body, IPX5/IPX7 rating for water resistance, up to three weeks of battery life, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, and lets you store 24 different designs on the device.
Somewhat ironically, the FES Watch U will be compatible with devices running iOS 9 or higher, not an Android one, like the smartphones that the company makes. The wearable’s price starts at 44,710 Yen (~Rs 29,360) that goes up to 59,940 Yen (~Rs 39,350) for the Premium Black edition. If the brand meets its crowdfunding goal by October 7th, then the buyers will get their timepiece in April next year.