Would you buy this cool, curved Apple iWatch? (with video)

“A few months ago Thomas Bogner posted an iWatch mockup on Dribbble that looked like a marriage between a Nike Fuelband and an iPhone. It was an impressive concept that got a lot of people excited including myself,” Todd Hamilton, a San Franciscan user interface designer, blogs. “However, it had a major flaw: the orientation of the interface made it impossible to use.”

“I had some free time over the holidays so I decided to take a stab at the problem and create a more user friendly concept. I wanted to retain a slim form factor like the Fuelband and incorporate familiar UI components from iOS 7,” Hamilton writes. “It needed to feel natural on the wrist and look like something Apple would actually produce.”

“I started with a few sketches then worked my way towards a rough 3D mesh of the device,” Hamilton writes.

Initial "iWatch" sketch - by Todd Hamilton
Initial “iWatch” sketch – by Todd Hamilton

Hamilton writes, “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.”

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Read more, and see the images, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If Apple’s iWatch is anything like that, Samsung’s POS stupidwatch tank is going to garner even more laughter than it already has (tough to believe, we know)!

And, oh yeah, we’ll take several iWatches, ASAP!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Judge Bork” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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42 Comments

  1. This reminds me of when the iPhone was going to be announced and there were all these wild ideas of what it would look like. Many of them were very cool, but of course, they were no where near the mark (and I suspect this one isn’t either). Still, nice idea…

  2. Cool design. I like it. But in terms of practicality, I’m not so sure it’ll work for everyday use. I’m liking the iPod nano 6th gen. concept better. You have access to the whole screen without turning the watch on its wristband. This is more like a Nike Fuel design.

  3. I have been an Apple fan since 1981, but I would not buy one of those. It has a volume control so I assume an audible output. How to you place this near your ear. Please pretend you have on on your wrist and try it. You will replace the Google Glasses guys in geeky-ness! If it has a bluetooth earpiece…been there done that.

  4. That’s how I imagined the screen would be, long and narrow, at about 1.5 inches. Not a “square.” What is displayed on it, and how it is displayed, I’ll leave that to Apple… 🙂

    It’s like Nike’s FuelBand fitness device, with a real screen and broader functionality. I heard Tim Cook is a fan of FuelBand, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the real iWatch looks something like this guess.

    Unlike Samsung’s stupidwatch, that tries to do everything and fails to be desirable, Apple’s device will be highly focused on does a few things really well. As a result, it will be light, small, and convenient, with long battery life and a reasonably price.

  5. Funny, the icons don’t seem as “horrid” on the band as they do in a grid on a flat screen. Perhaps removing a dimension robs them of their girlification power. 🙂

    I think designer Todd shows a bit of symmetry worship by placing the two volume buttons centred opposite the home button. Too natural, I think, to touch the band on both sides at once, switching it off inadvertently when intending to lower the sound volume.

    1. That’s because the curvature of the screen gives an implied depth to the otherwise flat icons giving lie to the fact that flat icons are better than 3-D ones.

      Ive should go back to UI design school and educate himself. Cook should bring Forstall back and all this controversy will end. To say that Ive is clueless about software design is being charitable.

  6. Several problems. What sort of information is this band supposed to display? The Fuel band has the kind of display it has, because it’s not conducive to show a lot of information. It seems Apple supports the FUEL band, in a complimentary way, and typically Apple would not supplant a vendor like Nike, by producing a FUEL band of it’s own.

    The second problem is with touch. How does it know when a touch is the right kind of touch? And with that said, there needs to be room for sensors to make that determination. The face detection sensor is pretty good, but not perfect, so I suspect this is going to be an issue on a wrist band.

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