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Chris Hall

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Windows, Linux, Virtualisation, Unified Computing & Cloud Offerings Design Engineer.

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Fossil Collider HR

I’ve been on the look out for a decent watch / smart-watch for a while now. Whilst I’m not opposed to having a watch that has notifications, heart rate tracking, step counter, sleep tracking etc, the main problem is I cant abide having what looks like a bit of black plastic strapped to my wrist.

I’m after something with a bit more pizazz…. something with good “old fashioned” analogue hands. That’s where Fossil’s new Hybrid Smartwatch comes in. Not only does it have an analogue display, it also has a battery that can last around two weeks between charges thanks to it’s e-ink smart display.

E-ink? Yep, the same stuff used in the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. So yes, that’s how it manages to make it two weeks between battery charges; the screen only uses power when it changes.

“But Chris…” I hear you say, “What happens when the analogue hands get in the way of the display?”

Aha, that’s where the the Hybrid HR’s party trick kicks in:


Boom! :boom:

Over and above the defaults that come with the Fossil Android or iOS apps, the app also allows you to fully customise the e ink display.

Because of it’s easy customisation, a community has sprung up to come together and publish Hybrid watch face designs over on the Fossil Hybrids subreddit.

Quickly grabbing some custom face designs from the subreddit:

Face 1 Face 2 Face 3
Face 1 Face 2 Face 3

All of the above created by Kuro Time Design. Nice!

As for the smart watch app, grab it here:

Get it on Google Play Get it on Apple App Store

Want to find out more?

Until next ‘time’ :sunglasses: :watch: :thumbsup:

-Chris