Even the nicest bracelet isn’t likely to get everyday wear, since you’ll eventually get bored of its design or its appearance won’t go well with a particular attire. That’s not the case with the Tago Arc, a high-tech, premium bracelet with a band whose designs can be modified at will.
Made by Liber8 Technology, the band doesn’t have its designs printed, etched, or molded onto the surface. Instead, it uses a curved e-paper display showing digital designs that you can modify at will.
Unlike most smart bands and smartwatches, the Tago Arc doesn’t require continuous power, because e-paper only needs electricity when changing what’s on the display. As such, it doesn’t include a battery or charging ports, allowing it to be as slim as ordinary bracelets. Instead, it uses an NFC chip to act as interface when you need to switch the image shown, allowing the band to receive both the new design and a trickle of juice at the same time. To change the image, simply launch the accompanying app on a smartphone, choose a design, and tap your phone to the band. All you need to do is wait until the new image is fully-rendered (takes between 5 to 15 seconds) and you're done. Images can either be downloaded from the app or imported from your own library.
Since this is a fashion item, the bracelet boasts premium-looking construction, with a frame made from high-quality light steel that’s finished in either gold, silver, or black. It uses a 16-shade grayscale curved E-Ink panel for the display.
An Indiegogo campaign is currently running to fund Tago Arc. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $259.