Wednesday, May 18, 2016

iWatch - a roundup of some of the more interesting concepts

SomeiWatchconcepts are, well, just a bit silly. But this concept byStephen Olmstdhas the kind of restrained design one might expect from . Sure, the hardware design doesn’t quite have the finesse and finish of something Jony Ive would crte, but it strikes me as along the right lines. The matching colored wallpaper and straps are a good fit with both iOS 7 and what we’re expecting from the iPhone 5C.Some of the screens look a little unrlistic – I don’t see anyone scrolling through apps one at a time like that, or hitting a date on a calendar of that size – but Siri, Wther and Compass all look good. And Facetime on the iWatch? Hell yh: we’ve all been wanting wristwatch since those SF programs we watched as a kid, right?
Martin Hajeckalways produces interesting work. While I’m not a fan of the rather chunky-looking hardware shown here (I’d hope can crte something sleeker), the colored, embossed lther straps look every inch the sort of thing you’d expect to produce….
More importantly, I think he’s spot-on with the companion app concept shown with maps: the phone displays the full map while the watch provides just a direction and distance indior. The very small screen size of a watch mns this approach is definitely the way I think needs to be hding.Esben Oxholm‘s curved-screen watch remains one of my favourite visuals.Flexible screensexist, as doflexible batteries, so the concept itself is plausible from a technical perspective – but probably not yet at the kind of price-level the iWatch needs to hit.This one byWCis a rather crude visual compared to most of the renders around, and clrly the id of the sidebar notifiion center on a screen that size is absurd. I include it only because he may be onto something with the widescreen display format. It addresses one of the challenges of the iWatch from a software perspective – the tiny size of watch screen. A widescreen shape would allow more display space without the problem of wrapping it around a small wrist.Few of the concepts around have done much to address the fitness/sensor side of things. We know Tim Cook, who wrs aNike Fuel Band, is a big fan ofsensors, and theiWatch tmthe company hasassembledseems to include a sizble showing from the medical sensor and fitness fields. We’ve love to see some concepts around this.Finally, there are the ids we’re definitelynotgoing to see …This oneis probably the silliest around. A complete wraparound touchscreen fails usability 101, even if it were economic.At the other end of the scale is this minimalist approach byFederico Ciccarese: the ‘watch’ is merely a Siri button, microphone and spker. I do admire the elegance, but after all the hype, people expect far more of the iWatch than a button on a strap.Other concepts we’ve ftured in the past include an iPod-inspired one byEdgar Riosanda Retina display byAnders Kjellberg.The iWatch is not expected to make its debut untillate next yr. In the mntime, if yousee any other concepts you like, post the links in the comments …

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