NFC Makes e-Ink Fashionable
PARIS — Take a flexible e-Ink display foil, shape it and turn it into a wearable accessory, then control the black & white display using your smartphone through an NFC connection, uploading any design to match your outfit.
That’s the pitch of Hungarian start-up Liber8 Technology with its ‘Tago Arc’ electronic bracelet. Founded in 2013, the company is currently ramping up the production of its curved e-Ink bracelets, tying them to a dedicated app for users to easily upload new designs.
Only at the touch of their smartphone, the 150ppi 16-color greyscale display will refresh with the wearer’s latest pattern selection. The tago app also includes a picture editor so users can design and upload their own artwork, in fact, the bracelet could certainly double up as a particular tag during large social events.
And what will strike the users of this peculiar type of wearable electronics is that the bracelet never needs to be charged, it operates battery-less, harvesting RF energy from the smartphone’s NFC reader during the image file transfer. Energy harvesting and hassle-free power is were true wearable autonomy lies and is becoming a must have for a better user experience.