Fossil's partnership with Google has resulted in the creation of e-ink display watches

Today marks the formal launch of a number of e-ink hybrids that were developed by Fossil. The collection is the first item to come about as a result of the partnership between the company and Google.

The watches, which are sold under the generic brand name Fossil Hybrid HR, have been spotted on a number of online shopping platforms in recent weeks. It would appear that a few models were even available for purchase at the IFA 2019 trade show in Berlin. Due to the fact that the majority of the information was already public knowledge before today’s revelation, there are not many unexpected developments.

The watches include an e-ink display that consumes very little power and is always active. This is what sits behind the mechanical hands and displays information such as your heart rate, steps, the weather, and notifications. All of this is powered by a bespoke operating system that is integrated with the Fossil smartwatch application.

There are a total of five iterations, with three pertaining to the men’s Collider range and two pertaining to the women’s Charter range. The design is the sole thing that sets them apart from one another. The variations and iterations are fully configurable, with interchangeable straps available in a variety of materials including leather, silicone, and stainless steel.

The Collider HR range features a water-resistant casing that is rated at 3 ATMs, an activity tracker that monitors a variety of metrics (including heart rate, sleep, and more), and a 42mm stainless steel case. The intelligent functionality includes commuting time, a timer, an alarm, adjustable dials, control over music, and automated time zones, among other features.

You can browse the menus using the three physical buttons that are located on the right side of the screen. You can save time by assigning frequently used functions to the programmable button that is located in the upper right corner of the screen.

The low power consumption of the e-ink technology results in great battery life. The watches can function for more than two weeks on a single battery charge of their battery. Due to the fact that rapid charging can bring a hybrid vehicle’s battery up to 80 per cent in just one hour, you won’t have to park your vehicle for very long.

The partnership between Fossil and Google resulted in the Hybrid HR family of watches. To refresh your memory, the internet search giant signed a licencing agreement with Fossil worth forty million dollars at the beginning of this year to use Fossil’s smartwatch technology. In accordance with the terms of the deal, a portion of Google’s R&D staff of approximately 200 people joined Fossil.

During the conversation, Greg McKelvey predicted that the partnership will result in the introduction of “a new product development that has not yet hit the market.” In this manner, Fossil watches would be the first to benefit from the unnamed breakthrough before it spread “across the industry over time to benefit everybody.” Although the technology behind this type of display is innovative, it is nothing that we have not seen previously.

This is not Fossil’s first hybrid watch, but it is the company’s first hybrid watch featuring an e-ink display and a heart rate monitor. The price of the timepieces ranges from $195 to $215, depending on the model that is purchased. On the website of Fossil, you can purchase each of these items individually. Availability on Amazon is expected to follow shortly.

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