There are plenty of design concepts out there, but it's not all that often that they get pulled out of the concept stage and put firmly into the retail market. When it comes to the Seiko-branded E Ink "active matrix" watch, it looks like good things do happen to those who wait. It's been confirmed that the watch is heading to retail shelves later this year.
The watch utilizes E Ink, showcased on a electrophoretic display. All of that equals, according to Seiko, a full 180-degree viewing angle on the watch. You can tell from the image as well that, while there's plenty of "future tech" shoved inside of it, it doesn't go out of its way to look all that ridiculously futuristic. Some might even say it's got some "retro" aspects to it. Though, there are those solar cells framing the display; plus the fact that the watch is controlled by radio movement, and gets the local time by the closest atomic clock.
A finalized release date hasn't been drafted up quite yet, but Seiko says that it will be by the end of 2010. That's coming up pretty fast here. And while no word has been given on pricing, it's apparently been suggested that it won't be too high that not everyone can get their hands on it. Which is good, because we wouldn't mind sporting this watch at all.