The allure of wrist-based technology (more advanced than a wristwatch) goes back quite a way, and the current popularity of smartwatches stands as testament. But have our wrist-based ambitions gone too far? The FlexEnable wraparound screen suggests that yes, they may have.

FlexEnable is the name of the company; the device doesn’t seem to have a name yet. It doesn’t actually exist, in a manner of speaking. The flexible screen that bends around your wrist, which was shown off at MWC in Barcelona, is merely a prototype and FlexEnable is currently in talks with hardware partners to make it a reality.

What is it, exactly? It’s a screen that wraps around your wrist using plastic transistors and creates OLCD (organic liquid crystal display) screens. It doesn’t have to go around your wrist, of course. It’s a mobile display that can flex around anything and offer the same resolution as normal LCD screens.

FlexEnable’s Paul Cain predicts that the technology will be consumer-ready in as little as eighteen months, but that sounds pretty optimistic to me. Of course, if we do see them on the market in a year-and-a-half, the question remains: will anyone want one?

I have no doubt that the technology can and will be used to create unique, practicaldevices, but I don’t see the appeal in thecurrent idea of a smartwatch the size of that cuff you wear when they take your blood pressure. I understand the futuristic novelty of it, but it just seems way to big for your wrist. There has to be a better application.

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