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.