Fingerprint e-paper watch exposes digital time.

Design submitted by Sam from Germany & Peter from the UK.

Sam & Peter say: When Pete’s Bio-Metric fingerprint watch concept showed up in the blog, I was like nooooooooo because I had some display tests ready by then – great minds think alike! No other fingerprint concept has been made since then (2011!) so I took my drafts and showed them to Pete. I thought, if there is a new fingerprint watch concept, he should be involved. Pete said yes in perfect english so he and I came up with some ideas for a watch.

We were happy at first but the next ideas turned out to be better so the watch developed and the display with it. Pete’s final idea was completely convincing so we’re now proud to present the new Fingerprint coloured epaper watch concept.

Yes you read right: coloured epaper! The watch can be super thin and curved, the display can be always on and is clearly visible in all angles. How the colours come into play we’re not sure. Maybe a colour film on top or coloured particles? Being touch sensitive would be probably too expensive so we suggest a classic button control. If two touch areas could be implemented, we would support this with a big grin.

The display is a set of… let’s call them rectangular rings. These rings are conceptually representing those of your fingerprints. There are some cleverly placed gaps and if you look closely, you can find four numbers in the display. It’s completele cryptic for the untrained eye so some practice is needed. There is an easy mode for those in a hurry. But if you want to baffle the grandma next to you in the bus, the pro mode has to be it.

The watch design is from the future. It’s like the display: super simple with some cleverly placed twists to make it look cool. We’re showing different versions: IP-black, full metal, white acetate and metal with silicone strap.

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40 Responses to “Fingerprint e-paper watch exposes digital time.”

  1. avatar gordon says:

    sweet, Ill add this one to my wish list

  2. avatar Tokyoflash Japan Product Design Studio says:

    Apart from the awesome design of the time telling & the watch itself, I particularly like how this reminds us of the unique codes we all contain in our fingerprints.

    Colour e-paper is certainly possible & quite easy by simply adding a tinted film.

    Touch screen should be ok & would certainly re-enforce the fingerprint scanner concept. It might add slight thickness, but since e-paper watches can be so thin anyway, it shouldn’t be a problem. In that event, lack of side buttons helps to keep the width to a minimum. Something to think about.

    Excellent work guys. Very cool & I would definitely wear this.

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Thank you Toky for posting our collab work! Nice imagining these thoughts you make. Sounds good. I hope the people will like the little mix of police records and scientific curiosity.

    • avatar Pete says:

      Cheers for posting and commenting Toky!
      Touchscreen controls would certainly be in keeping with the theme and would add a more tactile user interface. Fingers crossed (no pun intended) it can be made slim enough and is a desirable project to develop further. Cheers again! :D

  3. avatar Nev says:

    A great design from two of the masters.
    The stylised fingerprints with embedded numbers are much easier to read than the more realistic ones in Bio-metric, although I do prefer the latter.
    What is really great about this one is the complete package (not surprising from you guys):
    . cryptic numbers (I wouldn’t go for the easy mode)
    . interesting case shape
    . continuation of the theme into the strap (I’ve loved this since I first saw Heather’s Stencil)
    . e-paper use enabling it to be a thin watch (a great change from most I have, barring Mugen and Rorschach)
    Although touch would seem appropriate here, I think the way you have kept the buttons from protruding is cool and I think the cheaper watch that wuld result would be great.
    Hope this gets made and gives me the difficult choose of colours / strap types. 5*/Y

    • avatar Pete says:

      I thnk the touch screen tech would ultimately better suite the concept but for feasibility/viability it seemed sensible to feature the more conventional buttons. Id be flexible with either solution if the concept stood a chance of development.
      Cheers for the epic feedback as ever Nev! :D

    • avatar Samukun says:

      I agree, with or without buttons would work. With looks more like a gadget, without is literally fingerprint-using. Tokyoflash have quite some experience now about implementing touch sensitivity. I’m a fan of an all-around-the-wrist-design and a cheap way to do it is with strap pattern. And yes, Heather’s Stencil turned out great ^^ Thanks a couple for the comment and the support Nev!

  4. avatar Patrick says:

    Hi Sam and Pete, I love the visual effects, also I drew a project (which I love), with the idea of ​​native Lloyd, who does not wish that I propose (I respect his decision, perhaps Pete could convince him, between GB? But that’s another story.)
    Sam and Pete are my first virtual buddies of the Blog with Lloyd, and in more I like what they do, then without hesitating the 5/Y immediately comes me to mind.

    • avatar Pete says:

      Im Glad you likey Patrick, Cheers for the vote and comment sir!

      PS I think that you and Lloyd should submit the concept you mention as a coop.
      Sam and I certainly wouldnt have an issue with other finger-print inspired designs being on the blog.

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Thank you for the support Patrick!

      I’m not sure if I understand why Lloyd wouldn’t wish to propose the idea. If you two put time in the project, it would be worth sharing with people :)

  5. avatar dzign555 says:

    Wow! Great job, guys! 5y

  6. avatar Andrew Joy says:

    Congrats Sam & Pete on a superb design concept. The idea of a bio-metric finger print display is awesome, i would like to suggest that this watch has touch screen controls. Plus user reveals the cryptic numbers a by touching screen with their finger. I feel that this would only add to the Bio-metric concept behind this wrist watch.

    • avatar Pete says:

      Another vote for touchscreen, cheers for the feedback and support Andrew! :D

      • avatar Andrew Joy says:

        I would like to further add that the outer most whirl (that frames the four digits exposed reveal Mode) of the finger print display could be used as the mode indicator / frame. Brackets: [ ] Alarm Mode, ] / Date Mode, or a 3/4 complete whirl (Top right hand 1/4 / corner missing): Time Mode.

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Woah coment with suggestions – great, thank you Andrew!!

      Maybe complete frame for the time. It’s seen the most and should look unbroken. Maybe left side missing for Date, looks like a minimalistic D -> ) -> ]. And lower side missing for alarm. Would look like a minimalistic A -> Λ -> Π. So it would be a bit intuitive…

      I like the reveal-at-touch idea. Should be!

      • avatar Andrew Joy says:

        My suggestion for the Mode Marker frame was based on the Mode marker frame I use for my displays. However I think that your suggestion would Only improve the existing style / look of this design Concept.

      • avatar Samukun says:

        Thanks again Andrew :)

        Maybe some additional gaps in the top and bottom area could serve as indicators. Having those would make the whole display look more fingerprinty. Oh so many options…

  7. avatar Lewis says:

    well done guys, great design.

    love the style and influence and agree with the others on the touchscreen aspect, the biometric visuals and a touchscreen are a match made in heaven

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  9. avatar xian says:

    Great design guys! Clever, simple and effective. I can see the crew on the Nostromo wearing this, as the design loosely reminds me of the wall relief shown throughout the ship:

    I would buy a white-banded, green display (to look like retro MU-TH-UR 6000 displays). Best of luck!

    • avatar Pete says:

      Now that you mention it does have that retro futuristic look like it could have come from a sci-fi film.
      Nice colour suggestion too!
      There could also be a glossy black one with yellow/green display that might give a feeling of inside the stricken alien vessel :D

    • avatar Samukun says:

      Ooo nice connection! And good memory (unless you just saw it or 10 times already hehe) White and retrolicious green – yumm.

      Thank you for the nice comment! Check out the Nostromo Edition

      • avatar xian says:

        This is Officer Ripley…SIGNING ON!!! Didn’t just see it, but it is my favorite film of all time. Thank you for making Nostromo version!!

  10. avatar Justin says:

    Awesome design guys…saving up for this one coz it’s only a matter of time….


  11. avatar Makkovik says:

    I like the overall look as a wristband. I like the idea to combine a fingerprint “reading” device with a touch screen. I don’t like the time reading since “optical illusion” are too complex for me/very bad for my brain.