Watch out: Wearable projects time, emails and Twitter notifications onto your hand

A new take on the wristwatch presents a sleek way to not only tell time, but view notifications from your smartphone as well — all on the canvas of your skin.

The watch, called Ritot, safely projects its messages onto your hand instead of using a screen or a typical watch face.

Simply shake your hand or press the button on the watch and the time appears on your skin. Sync it with the Ritot phone app to receive caller ID and text messages, emails, Facebook messages, Twitter alerts and notifications from any other apps you’d like.

Unlike some other wearable technology devices, which can be bulky and indiscreet, Ritot has attempted a simpler approach.

In terms of design, the waterproof band is made of aluminium with a leather finish that resembles a stylish accessory rather than a bulky piece of tech gear. It comes in black or white, but wearers can choose between more than 20 colours for the projections.

Ritot also differs from other smartphone notification wearables in that it can actually show you the message you receive, instead of simply vibrating to let you know that you should take out your phone.

A sport version of the watch made of rubber and plastic is also available. This style could be useful during runs or exercise sessions because of its large, projected interface, making it easy to read your mileage and calories burned just by looking at your hand.

The technology behind Ritot is a tiny pico projector encased within the bracelet that is activated through a touch sensitive button. The high quality of the projections makes notifications readable during the day or night and in any weather.

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Projecting the time or short messages onto your hand could be useful in on-the-go situations where it would be inappropriate to pull out your phone. Perhaps further developments to this technology could take Ritot beyond projections of simple messages to providing more detailed projections of actual screens.

Each Ritot watch comes with a base that enables the wearer to change the colours of its projections, charge the watch wirelessly and change the display mode. In a less high-tech but nonetheless useful feature, the base also doubles as an alarm clock.

The San Jose, California-based startup behind Ritot has recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the development of the product, hoping to mass produce and distribute the watches by early next year.


Images courtesy of Ritot’s Indiegogo page.


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