"The Future" has promised us plenty, but unfortunately we've yet to see Martian colonies, sentient computers, or flying cars, that is unless you own a Yaris. But at least The Future's keeping its promise to your wrist, with Phosphor E-ink Watches.
A U.S. innovation just now available through UK retailers, these high-tech tickers use Kindle-like technology -- millions of positively and negatively charged hair-thin capsules -- to evoke the look of ink on paper, a stylishly utilitarian aesthetic that unlike the ink on your flesh will never read "Chinese for 'strength'".
Available with either polyurethane, orange-trimmed leather, or steel bands, both the black and brushed steel versions can display either digital or a digital-analogue mesh, with the option to switch between white numerals on black, or black on white, though if the watch is thinking about being your baby, or your brother, it don't matter
Claiming to use just a tiny amount of power, the unit itself is waterproof to 50m and weighs less than 150g, with an ergonomically curved face only 8mm thick, so "you might forget you're wearing it, but others won't", especially when they steal it
Soon to be widely available is Phosphor's "Digital Calendar" design, which in addition to the time displays the entire month, providing a daily reminder of appointments you can't make, because the car you thought was your future was subject to Total Recall.