Smartwatch concept puts two screens on your wrist «The Verge»

Teddy Seyed, Market Grade Technologist, featured in The Verge for Doppio smartwatch.


Because one screen hasn’t worked out so far

By Paul Miller | @futurepaul | May 6, 2016, 3:43pm EDT


There’s something wrong with smartwatches. We all feel it, deep down. “This is not as cool as I thought it would be!” we constantly yell to anyone who will listen. Well, good news: science is on it. Thanks to the power of magnets and duct tape, Doppio offers up a humble solution: “Bro, what if there were two screens?”

The Doppio concept is a collaboration between Teddy Seyed of the University of Calgary, Xing-Dong Yang of Dartmouth College, and Daniel Vogel from the University of Waterloo. They made a working prototype with dual touchscreen displays — one of which completely detaches from the wrist-bound screen and can be stuck above, to the side, or anywhere, really.

Experiences that span multiple screens is not a new concept, but they’ve never really found a mainstream application outside of Nintendo products. I like to think of myself as an imaginative, forward-looking human being, but I really have no idea how two screens on your wrist could help solve the smartwatch problem in any way. But I respect the attempt, and I respect the duct tape. The Doppio team will present its findings at the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.





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