Touch Skin Watch

Touch Skin – OLED touch screen and downloadable, customizable skins

Awarded third place in the 2012 Deign That Performs competition by Samsung

Touch Skin is the ultimate digital accessory – A touch sensitive watch that combines tradition and transcendence via classic minimalist analogue watch design.

Touch Skin fits in neatly with existing gadgets and is thought of as an accessory that can follow you in all situations of your daily life. From the morning when you wake, customize the look of the watch to match your dress code with the build- in watch designs. If you are not satisfied you can always connect the watch to your computers Bluetooth and download new skins or design your own from the Touch Skin App. Touch Skin is not seen as a smartphone watch, however future skin development opens up to this direction.

The three touch steps:

  1. For battery saving efficiency the watch is normally in stealth mode. By pressing the screen gently with one finger, the watch switches between idle mode and normal/ night mode for three seconds.
  2. By pressing the screen gently with two fingers, the watch switches to Date mode for three seconds.
  3. And finally by pressing the screen with three fingers it is possible for the user to switch between the different skins installed in the watch.


Link to mock-up video that briefly shows the functionality http://vimeo.com/41278340

Details

The shadow on the watch is rendered to follow the given time of day adding an almost seamless animation to the watch, much like time itself.

Samsung Touch Skin - Shadow detail
Shadow detail

The watch is radio controlled so no need for adjusting the time and at the same time the gift box acts as wireless charger. Touch Skin is placed on top of the box and the magnetic lock in the wristband automatically snaps to the box and the watch starts charging. The charger also works with other wireless charged objects.

Samsung Touch Skin Watch
Charger detail

Materials:

  • Case: Anodised aluminium
  • Strap: FSC-certified natural rubber
  • Screen: Cirkular, multitouch, ø 40mm, oled (16 million colors), Gorilla glass
  • Battery: Li-Ion
  • Processor: multicore, Nvidia Tegra Type II or III, or ARM processor
  • Memory: Upgradable micro SD ram, with a minimum of 16 gb.
  • Weight: approx 80g.

NOTE on the ongoing discussion about specs: These specs are a proposal and should not be seen as conclusive. I deliberately put the specs in the high end of the scale to bear in mind that the watch could be upgraded during its lifetime to support heavier functions. Also, who wants cheap specs ;)

Future development
Downloadable pulse watch skin and the possibility to develop add- on accessories for the watch, consisting of a heart rate monitor to communicate with the watch. The watch could also be developed in a cubic and most notably in a female edition.

Morning environment
Morning environment

The watch is a concept and is of now not in production! I am currently in the process of finding out how to move forward and the watch is unfortunately not available for pre-order yet.

Please sign up on the mailing list to the right and I will keep you updated as soon as I know anything specific.

Thanks for all the positive reactions and comments!

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  • Niels
    30. April 2012 at 17:19 

    Nice design, like the multi changeable apperance, and when in dockstation it works as an alarm clock. Thank you 3 of those, please!

  • ShaneQ
    9. July 2012 at 07:25 

    Two of my favorites combined! Awesome gadget AND sleek/sexy watches! (Huge fan of Skagen in particular, adding even more appeal to this design) Can’t wait to find out more and see this thing up for sell!

  • Kenny Verbeeck
    9. July 2012 at 16:23 

    I can only hope that you are negotiating production dates! Great idea, great design.

    • Niels Astrup
      10. July 2012 at 11:45 

      Thanks, Unfortunately no production dates yet :)

      • Emil Ivanov
        18. January 2013 at 01:18 

        Hi Niels,

        By any chanse… any updates on this watch? If not yet, do you think this will go to production soon?

        I just wanna buy one right now :-)

        Thanks a lot!

        • David Lagesse
          26. March 2013 at 08:31 

          Was also wondering when is it due for production and offer to the public! i can’t wait to get one! :)

      • Ajeng Sekartaji
        24. April 2013 at 09:13 

        Hi Niels,

        This touch skin watch is really a great idea!
        please add me to your mailing list as well and keep me updated.
        thanks, really appreciate it :)

      • Shinji Furukawa
        25. June 2016 at 06:06 

        This is perfect watch and best masterpiece I ever seen!

  • FASHIONOTES
    9. July 2012 at 17:47 

    Wow, this is so sweet! I love the simplistic design – it makes it all the more amazing for the things that it can do! Imaginative and innovative :)

    Caitie at FASHIONOTES.com

  • Byron
    10. July 2012 at 16:33 

    This is amazing, I like it a lot. Are there any thoughts of producing this yet? I’d be interested in purchasing. I’ve been looking for a nice watch for a while now.

    • ShaneQ
      15. July 2012 at 04:30 

      That would be an awesome idea. I’d gladly follow that one!

    • Vincent
      1. August 2012 at 09:13 

      Definitely a good idea and for sure I will become a backer.

  • Dana Faircloth
    10. July 2012 at 16:59 

    AWESOME,….AWESOME…Watch. I would love to get one for my husband!

  • Patric Kibisu
    10. July 2012 at 18:22 

    I want it nowwww……..love it

  • lanie zera
    10. July 2012 at 18:37 

    This is just beautiful. I love the design and the functionality. And I love the quality of OLED visually.
    Please let me know if the watch goes into production. If I can afford one, I’d buy it in a flash.
    And thank you for sharing your artistry.

  • Ivy
    10. July 2012 at 21:31 

    I am throwing money at the screen but nothing happens!!!

  • Chris Witham
    11. July 2012 at 06:49 

    I think this could do well on Kickstarter.com too, lovely idea and design, might be worth giving it a go…

  • Peter
    13. July 2012 at 11:21 

    Coolest watch ever. Build it, and they will come (to buy it).

  • Gabor
    13. July 2012 at 16:56 

    Great desingn !
    innovative, cool , artistic, funtastic!
    i hope this is to buy in the near future :)

  • Charles Johnson
    15. July 2012 at 05:40 

    Im upset that its not in production already….I would stand in line for this watch!!! Cannot wait until you start production

  • Rene Thorny
    16. July 2012 at 01:03 

    Cool idea and design even if I prefer it as a square instead. If you add one more design in square im in ;) Prioritize long lasting battery time as well. im sure the battery can be build into the strap.

  • Lynn
    16. July 2012 at 06:46 

    I love the concept and would see this a very marketable. I would only suggest different strap options as rubber can be uncfortable to some. Perhaps a thin leather or even strong thin fabric. Good luck!

  • Lukas
    16. July 2012 at 11:13 

    Stunning design! Absolutely love it. Minimal, smart, beautiful. Would definitely buy them if in production. Good luck with the project, hope will see them in production one day.

  • Mike
    16. July 2012 at 12:00 

    Sign me up Niels !
    How much do you want for one?
    Simple and classic.

    Well done.

  • Bob
    16. July 2012 at 17:08 

    I also found this on Mashable.

    How far have you brought this concept? Is there working prototype hardware or is it all just computer renders?

    3D modeling is easy. 3D engineering is hard.

  • Mark Nuyten
    17. July 2012 at 23:33 

    Hi Niels,

    I love the concept and I see a huge opportunity for this watch as a corporate gift (if the price is reasonable). Could you please confirm to me if and when you are going to put this watch into production?

    Kind regards

    Mark

  • hans wagner
    21. July 2012 at 09:43 

    I want to place a order, where can I do that ?

  • Franz Mikes
    21. July 2012 at 09:55 

    kindly send addresses where to buy it
    rds Franz Mikes

  • TheDoc
    21. July 2012 at 14:05 

    Let us now when and where we can buy this watch!

    Or are you looking for people to test ist?

  • Brigitte
    21. July 2012 at 14:09 

    Eine tolle Sache. Ist sie auch in Österreich zu kaufen? Wenn ja, wo? Und um welchen Preis??

    Brigitte Baumruck

  • Rory
    22. July 2012 at 11:33 

    Once again my dreams have been shattered with this watch not available yet.

  • Lukas
    22. July 2012 at 13:15 

    OMG – its soo beautiful. I would buy it for $1000+. Any plans for Kickstarter? You created not just a design but a DREAM.

  • Ronni
    22. July 2012 at 19:36 

    Ich hätte gern mehr Informationen zu dieser Uhr, wenn möglich bitte in Deutsch. Vor allem, wo kann ich sie kaufen, was sind die Kosten.
    Vielen Dank.

  • rob
    23. July 2012 at 08:35 

    Fantastic! Do you have a mailing list to keep people posted on the status of production? I WANT ONE! What is the target retail price?

    What an elegant watch.

  • Andres Leon-Geyer
    23. July 2012 at 14:38 

    Great work, great aesthetics. Also in the waiting list. Please tell me if you start a Kickstarter (by the way, do you know that in this way Pebble-Watch got more than expected?).
    Best wishes, looking forward

  • PFEIFER JOSEF
    23. July 2012 at 16:27 

    Schaut wirklich toll aus – wenn diese Uhr mal in Serie gehen sollte, dann werde ich sie sofort kaufen. Wie ich schon als “SKAGEN”-Kunde weiß: Die Dänen machen die schönsten Uhren! :-)
    LG Josef
    (It looks really great. I’ll buy it, if it’s possible. I know it as a “SKAGEN”-Customer already for a while: The most beautifull watches are mad in Danmark! :-) LG Josef)

  • Theodor
    25. July 2012 at 12:54 

    Impressive job there, Niels. How may I find out when this will be available for ordering? I’d like to preorder one now if at all possible.

  • Niels Astrup
    26. July 2012 at 12:44 

    Hi, I am currently in the process of finding out how to move forward and the watch is unfortunately not available for pre-order yet. I will however put you on a mailing list and keep you updated as soon as I know anything specific.

    Thanks for all the positive reactions and comments!

    Best

    \\Niels Astrup

    • Andrew
      16. September 2012 at 12:56 

      Please add me to your mailing list as well I love this watch. There is nothing else like it anywhere!

  • Dan Moore
    28. July 2012 at 03:15 

    Please put me on your mailing list for pre-orde! Thanks

  • Frans Ververs
    30. July 2012 at 08:07 

    Please put me on the mailing list for this beautiful black functional watch.
    With best regards and a lot of success,
    Frans Ververs

  • Jonathan Wolk
    30. July 2012 at 22:26 

    Keep me posted on the development. Anxious to pre-order when ready.

  • Bruce Alan Beal
    30. July 2012 at 23:52 

    Make it, and I’ll buy it.

    This project would fund in kickstarter in a a flash.

    Please keep me on whatever emailing list you create.

  • Tio
    31. July 2012 at 04:29 

    Please put me in the mailing list, and I would love to be informed when you know anything specific.

  • Thomas Cohn
    31. July 2012 at 15:57 

    I am opening the first design-watch-store in Brazil.
    The design of yours is fascinating and would add to my project.

    Whenever you plan to make and sell it, please let me know.

  • Bob
    31. July 2012 at 23:15 

    My comment about the difference between renders and actual hardware should not detract from the fact that it looks great and the functionality sounds great.

    It was aimed at the fans piling on. Turning this concept into hardware will be *difficult*. Look at what Sony did:

    http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666443169

    Then there’s the Pebble:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android

    It will take real work to cram all that hardware into this sleek and sexy design.

    That said, Go For It! Aim for the stars and land in the trees.

  • Marco
    4. August 2012 at 16:39 

    Please put me in the mailing list

  • George C
    7. August 2012 at 18:30 

    Gorgeous & smart concept.
    Please add me to your mailing list.
    Thanks

  • Visage
    14. August 2012 at 20:44 

    Great design. I would take 3 of them please.

  • Matt Ronsman
    21. August 2012 at 12:33 

    +1 on the Kickstarter. I backed the Pebble as well. Please email when it is up.

  • Stefan
    22. August 2012 at 09:58 

    Please put me also on the mailing list!

    THNX

  • Nadeem
    23. August 2012 at 18:14 

    Would love to know when it is available in Canada

  • Sam
    27. August 2012 at 19:16 

    Love it! Please add me to the mailing list.

  • Andrew
    28. August 2012 at 06:17 

    Please put me on your mailing list, too! Would LOVE to own one of these.
    Just beautiful :)

    Have you looked into using Kickstarter to get initial funding?

  • Norbert
    31. August 2012 at 15:21 

    Great idea – very cool, looking forward to get it !!!!!!! Any idea about estimated pricing ??

  • Paul Gruenwald
    7. September 2012 at 12:15 

    I’m interested – any idea of the price yet? … please let me know and also if it’s not a problem, please put me on the mailing list. Thanks, Paul

  • Rob
    7. September 2012 at 22:12 

    I had the same idea about a watch with oled/amoled screen and interchangeable dials, so I googled if it was already on the market. I must say you pretty much nailed it. :) One thing I miss however is, how do you wind it? (Just kidding).
    Please put me on the mailing list, this is exactly what I was looking for.
    Great concept, great design. especially because the watch is circular shaped.
    I am however curious how long it runs on a single charge?

  • AP
    13. September 2012 at 00:35 

    add me to the update list! please

  • Marco
    16. September 2012 at 11:58 

    Please, add me to the mailing list.

  • Laurentathome
    19. September 2012 at 10:15 

    Niels,
    if you are interested, we would be keen to participate in crowdfunding for this project.
    check my blog and RED-DOLPHIN project.
    Really keen if there is any chance to work with you.

  • flo
    18. October 2012 at 01:48 

    I’d love to get one once in production

  • Raoul
    21. October 2012 at 13:18 

    Great!
    Please keep us informed by putting us on your mailinglist.

    Thanks,
    Best Regards,
    Raoul

  • Nürnberger
    2. November 2012 at 00:11 

    Please, add me to the mailing list.

  • Russ Rubman
    4. November 2012 at 05:00 

    Brilliant design. Can’t wait to own one!
    Let me know when it is available and good luck.
    Russ

  • Tom
    4. November 2012 at 10:05 

    please add me to the mailing list too

  • Bas
    4. November 2012 at 22:06 

    We can do distribution for you in europe or worldwide if you want.

  • Albert v Schonburg
    17. November 2012 at 23:28 

    Please add me to The list. I want to buy at least 4.

    • Albert v Schonburg
      25. December 2012 at 15:23 

      I would like to buy that watch. Please send me the news about the project

  • Raoul
    21. November 2012 at 10:53 

    Please keep us updated about your absolote GREAT watch concept!

    Thanks and best regards,
    Raoul

  • simon stiefel
    22. November 2012 at 19:54 

    please send me a update if you lounch the watch.. thx

    cheers simon

  • Daps
    24. November 2012 at 19:37 

    Love it!

  • Hubert
    27. November 2012 at 14:07 

    Great! please keep me informed.

  • riveromares
    3. December 2012 at 03:36 

    Please add me to the list i whant to buy and send me information

  • Jacques Proulx
    7. December 2012 at 13:04 

    Si vous produisez cette montre et que vous la vendez, j’aimerais bien le savoir.
    Très beau design.

  • Couri
    15. December 2012 at 06:27 

    Please add me. Love it.

  • Ali M
    27. December 2012 at 00:23 

    Smart and beautiful!

  • Niklet
    19. February 2013 at 16:22 

    I’d definitively buy this beauty !

    You should seriously consider KickStarter and produce it yourself.

    • Niklet
      19. February 2013 at 16:23 

      …and add me to the mailing list too!
      Thanks ;)

  • Zia U. Ahmed
    22. February 2013 at 21:20 

    Great concept and beautiful design! Want one.

  • Josef Kerschhagl
    1. March 2013 at 11:29 

    Dear sir, I am interessed in the Touch Skin Watch. Please let me know when ready for selling.
    Thanks in advance.
    Kind regards
    Josef Kerschhagl
    Vienna, Austria

  • Ruben Aders
    19. March 2013 at 19:10 

    Simple, beautiful and impressing. Can’t wait for it :)

    Ruben Aders

    The Netherlands

  • Marco
    2. April 2013 at 18:11 

    Truly Beautiful … perfectly clean line … ask keep updated on the dates for sale

    thanks
    mark
    Italy

  • Marco
    2. April 2013 at 18:13 

    Please, add me to the mailing list

  • Marco
    4. August 2013 at 06:15 

    Hey can u please add me to the list.

  • Chris
    6. September 2013 at 12:34 

    I can’t wait . When on the market ? Please , add me to the list. Please let me know when ready for selling.

  • Vencent Chen
    13. November 2013 at 06:19 

    This is great! If there has any production plan, or go on Kickstarter, please let me know, I want become a backer!

  • martin
    30. November 2013 at 01:28 

    add me to your maillist. I want one of those!!!

  • Alex
    1. December 2013 at 19:46 

    Please let me know when this is available. This looks incredible, we would love to sell it!

  • Dalva
    9. January 2014 at 11:02 

    Love the concept…is it available??

    • Niels Astrup
      9. January 2014 at 11:08 

      Hi Dalva,

      The concept is not yet available and will not be for a while. Please contact Skagen Watches at skagen.com for further information about production as they are producing the actual watch.

      I do hope however that I will have news about launch this spring.

      \\Niels

  • Raoul
    1. February 2014 at 16:41 

    Wauw! I’m afraid only a concept…..

  • jandeschepper
    3. May 2014 at 12:34 

    just as many others I am a serious candidate to buy such a watch. Samsung I will buy this beauty in stead of the not so nice wacht you promoted lately. I don’t need a warning for email as this watch compensates in desing and sheer beauty.
    Please do mail when starting up production.

  • Mario McCoy
    22. May 2014 at 06:34 

    Love the watch, keep me inform to when the watch drops. Thanks

  • pete
    23. May 2014 at 11:55 

    If the Touch Skin watch becomes available – let me know.

    pete

  • tim terry
    26. September 2014 at 03:29 

    Let me know when to buy it

  • D
    20. November 2014 at 05:38 

    Please let me know when this is available.

  • M nasir
    30. December 2014 at 20:55 

    Dear sir,
    Very nice and amazing wath, kindly tell me it,s price and specification.
    thank you,
    from
    M Nasir

  • Kevin K.
    15. January 2015 at 14:13 

    I don’t wear watches, but this I will. Outstanding, Mr. Astrup. Lots of respect.

    Hopefully it can be in the market soon.

  • D-Bhatti
    2. February 2015 at 09:11 

    i would love to buy this for my husband, he would fall in love with it. Can someone tell me where I can purchase it from?

    • Niels Astrup
      2. February 2015 at 11:03 

      The concept has been adopted by Skagen Watches http://www.skagen.com. But unfortunately the company has put the design on hold for some reason they don’t tell me. Please feel free to write Skagen watches and ask for a possible release date. That might push the project a bit forward. Thanks for your interest in the watch :)

  • Dan
    10. February 2015 at 06:53 

    One more for the mailing list. I have never seen such a lovely watch. I must own one.

  • Dhary Al Rasheed
    27. February 2015 at 21:26 

    Mr. Astrup,
    I find your watch design offering very refreshing. A fresh take on the cumbersome designs of smartwatches I’ve seen so far. Well done.
    I too, would like to be added to the mailing list, I’m really interested in purchasing one if production were to proceed. I have contacted Skagen, but I haven’t received I reply yet.
    Had you considered an E-INK screen for the watch dial instead of the OLED? It would definitely add to the battery life between charges. I have experienced it on my E-book reader. I get almost 2 months on a singke charge.

    In the end, I commend your revolutionary contribution to the watch industry.

    Thank you

  • Wayne Weeks
    3. July 2015 at 05:39 

    Sign me up to purchase

  • Mathias
    21. September 2015 at 20:38 

    please let me know when i can buy this. its a realy cool thing to have.

  • khalid
    29. September 2015 at 11:36 

    where can I buy one???

  • Quantumedes
    2. December 2015 at 14:41 

    This watch is an amazing step forward in the right direction for smart watch potential.
    It is not only very fashionable but could be utilised for many practical applications.
    Please add me to the update and pre-order list.

  • Greyden Buchholz
    15. December 2015 at 04:44 

    Two words, Make it

  • Monte Strand
    27. December 2015 at 00:41 

    Please let me know if and when it goes into production.

    Thank you.

  • Fer Schenk
    27. December 2015 at 15:03 

    Please add me to the pre order list.
    What a beautiful design and hope you will start with production.

  • Amir
    8. January 2016 at 13:03 

    Helo

    I need to know how could we buy it in Lahore Pakistan.

    • Niels Astrup
      3. February 2016 at 13:53 

      Hi Amir,

      Unfortunately the watch is not yet in production. The concept was picked up by Fossil and Skagen watches but they unfortunately failed to produce the watch.

      I am thinking of starting my own production, though funding is a problem.

      Please sign up for the newsletter for follow up.

      Best regards
      Niels

  • Paul Docherty
    3. February 2016 at 13:37 

    Are your touch skin watches in production ?

    • Niels Astrup
      3. February 2016 at 13:53 

      Hi Paul,

      Unfortunately the watch is not yet in production. The concept was picked up by Fossil and Skagen watches but they unfortunately failed to produce the watch.

      I am thinking of starting my own production, though funding is a problem.

      Please sign up for the newsletter for follow up.

      Best regards
      Niels

  • Rehma
    11. February 2016 at 11:06 

    This is awesome, I would love to get one.

    • Niels Astrup
      11. February 2016 at 11:42 

      Thank you for your interest in the watch. As of now the watch is only a concept and originally I had a contract with Fossil who wanted to produce the watch. Unfortunately they have stopped the process around a year ago, so I am afraid that the concept will not get released as of now. I hope however to be able to produce the watch at a later point.

  • Martin Grant
    15. February 2016 at 12:45 

    The watch looks fantastic, unique…. i would love to own one. Fingers crossed a release date will be soon.

  • carsten ramsdahl rohde
    29. February 2016 at 23:32 

    Nice

  • SACHIN KAJALE
    5. March 2016 at 11:23 

    is this watch is for salebal in india if it is salable then where i should perchase it.In maharashtra in pune dist

  • SACHIN KAJALE
    5. March 2016 at 11:24 

    very nice and also can i perchess this watch in india

    • Niels Astrup
      5. March 2016 at 13:47 

      Hi Sachin,

      The watch is unfortunately not for sale yet. It is being produced by Fossil Skagen Watches and I urge you to ask them when it will be available. Thank you for your interest have a great day :)

  • Ubaid Ullah
    23. April 2016 at 11:31 

    woooooooooow it’s soooo beutiful,,,,,,…. i want to buy one in pakistan,,,, plz any body tell me that it available in pakistan,,,,,????

  • Dave Verbeke
    10. July 2016 at 04:10 

    When can I purchase this, I love it!

  • Kelly Pearson
    22. December 2016 at 05:28 

    I hope kickstart or one of the fundings will expedite the production of this awesome watch. Please keep me in mind when you do.

  • afzal
    15. January 2017 at 10:29 

    I waant purchase of this watch

  • salim
    15. January 2017 at 10:33 

    I waant purchase of this watch

  • Michael Kohnen
    21. January 2017 at 16:54 

    I am waiting to get this watch.
    Michael Kohnen

  • Fabian Arrizon
    9. February 2017 at 00:29 

    Amazing design! I hope production starts soon…
    Please add me to the mailing list.

  • Fred Schröder
    19. May 2017 at 01:36 

    This watch isn`t only a “Touch Watch” ,……….. it touches heart, soul and brain. I wish the best for ur projects, and hoping that some Watch Manufacturers wake up and start to make this unique watch alive! Keep creating. Every thing we can create in our mind , is also able to be build in reality.

    Fred

  • Miki
    8. June 2017 at 10:47 

    Beautiful watch!
    Following this thread for production news.

  • Cumhur SARICI
    13. November 2017 at 08:20 

    Hi. How can i buy this watch?

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