March 22, 2010
In Stone Square, at the center of the SEIKO stand, there is a showcase that has been surrounded by people since the fair opened.
The object of their fascination is the world's first watch using an Electrophoretic Display with an Active Matrix system. Commonly known as Electronic Ink (E-Ink)technology, an Electrophoretic Display (EPD) was first applied to a watch by SEIKO five years ago, and it went on to win the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. SEIKO has now taken this state-of-the-art technology to the next stage with a watch that has an impressively higher resolution and an almost infinite range of data display possibilities. It has 80,000 pixels and a resolution of 300 dpi.
This Active Matrix system is already used in electronic books, and is rapidly gaining success in this application. However, to use it in a watch was a challenge because it was necessary to reduce the power consumption to 1/100th of that use in E-Ink books.
Next to this amazing watch is a showcase with the title "Time by Numbers. SEIKO's continuously evolving vision of digital time."
Since the introduction of the world's first LCD watch with six digits in 1973, SEIKO has been a leading innovator in digital watch technologies, and some of the landmark pieces are brought together in this showcase next to the new EPD watch. The famous TV watch of 1982, which was used in a James Bond film is there, alongside the Scubamaster, the world's first computerized diver watch, made in 1990. A futuristic watch designed especially for the popular computer graphic movie, The Final Fantasy, from 2001 is displayed as is the rotary switch digital watch that was used on a space mission by the NASA astronaut, Mr. Owen Garriott, in 1983. All these milestones, and the new EPD watch demonstrate vividly that SEIKO never stops bringing future technology to today.