We’d Buy This iWatch In A Cupertino Second [Concept]

Despite the lack of concrete news available on the subject, we’re hardly short of concept designs for Apple’s eventual iWatch.

This one, by San Francisco UI designer Todd Hamilton, is among the best yet — a sleek design that resembles a cross between the Nike Fuelband and an iPhone.

Improving upon a previous design by Thomas Bognor (which Cult of Mac referred to as an “awesome concept“), Hamilton explains that he took the basic idea and solved its one fundamental flaw: that the orientation of its interface would likely make it impossible to use. Hamilton writes that:

“I started with a few sketches then worked my way towards a rough 3D mesh of the device. I kept the band simple with a curved touchscreen display on the front. For physical controls I placed a single button on the left to act as the home button, and two more on the other side for volume controls.

For the lock screen I designed a simple black & white interface displaying the time, date, and button to activate Siri. From here the possible actions are: tap to use Siri, swipe up to unlock, or pull down to view notifications. Sound familiar? While I was designing this I found myself pretending what it would be like to use swiping gestures on my wrist. Give it a try, it feels pretty good!”

The result is attractive and also functional, with Hamilton clearly having put a lot of thought into how the UI might work were this to be implemented.

So what do you think? It definitely looks like something I’d be happy to wear.

(Credit: Todd Hamilton)

(Credit: Todd Hamilton)

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  • ctt1wbw

    No way. I want it to look like a cheap 80s Timex. You know, like the Pebble Steel.

  • Allancook

    It’s a cool design, but I can’t see myself wearing a bracelet. Using it would be a challenge as one chases the icons around one’s wrist as the bracelet spins. Cool, but impractical.

  • kid_slickarus

    The moment it takes more than a couple button presses, let alone scrolling though a list of contacts, the convenience of having the device on your wrist is lost. This is just a different looking galaxy gear, and we already learned nobody wants that. A smart watch is better suited for is at a glance info like texts or other notifications, and sensors for fitness tracking or location data. Not to say those are the only uses, but this concept, no matter how pretty, just puts the same bad taste in my mouth as the galaxy gear.

  • EricBodrero

    looks expensive to fix

  • chuckmcginley

    First and foremost, I do not want a phone on my wrist. The only thing dumber than holding up my wrist to speak into, is speaking into a huge phablet as a phone. Also, not exactly a private conversation if your watch is broadcasting to the world your call. It’s a completely outdated bad idea like flying cars.

    Second If I am going to wear a watch it had better be a watch and not something dreadful looking like a galaxy gear or pebble. Try and think of a nest thermostat shrunk down to the size of a watch dial. Then have a scroll rim around the outside like the nest does with its rim. If you have not used ar tried a nest thermostat, head to best buy and try it out. Just like the iPod you know how to navigate the thing without a second thought.

    Then you could load an expensive.. branded watch faces into it as well. Something elegant and nice and not embarrassing to wear. Whatever body sensors it has tucked into it is a plus. But if we are talking watch then please DON’T INTEGRATE THE PHONE INTO IT! Total fail if they do. IMHO.

  • JohnZ

    Cool, but very girly.

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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