Designer creates sleek Smartwatch concept inspired by Fitness Bands

Designer creates sleek Smartwatch concept inspired by Fitness Bands
Apple hasn’t even confirmed that it’s working on a smartwatch yet, but that hasn’t stopped a wave of designers creating concepts of what the so-called iWatch could look like.Previous concepts resembled the square and clunky design of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, yet the latest images from Californian designer Todd Hamilton imagine a much more sleek and elegant curved device.


Designer creates sleek Smartwatch concept inspired by Fitness Bands The concept watch, pictured, is shown as a simple band, fitted round the wrist in a similar way to the Nike Fuelband. The concept comes with a curved touchscreen above a physical home button. Volume controls are shown on the right side of the screen

The concept watch, pictured, is shown as a simple band, fitted round the wrist in a similar way to the Nike Fuelband. The concept comes with a curved touchscreen above a physical home button. Volume controls are shown on the right side of the screen
Hamilton’s watch doesn’t just look the part, either. He also explained how menus would work: ‘One of the challenges I ran into was what to do about tabs.’ The iPhone and iPad has tabs across the bottom of the screen.
‘A normal tab view across the bottom wasn’t going to work so I came up with a simple drop down control in the title bar,’ continued Hamilton.
‘Tapping this would display a popover menu showing the other available pages. I also purposely left out several of the controls like Edit and Add Contact.
‘On a device this small I think it makes more sense to manage apps, contacts, and media from a synced iPhone or Mac.’
Designer creates sleek Smartwatch concept inspired by Fitness BandsOnce unlocked, the phone¿s homescreen would have four app icons stacked with a page controller on the right-hand side. Users could then swipe up or down to move between pages of apps, in a similar way iPhone users can swipe left and rightThe lockscreen is shown as having a basic black and white interface, and according to Hamilton, it would show the time and date, as well as a button to activate Apple¿s voice assistant Siri

The lockscreen, pictured left, is shown with a basic black and white interface that would show the time and date, as well as feature a button to activate Apple’s voice assistant Siri. Once unlocked, the phone’s homescreen, pictured right, would have four app icons stacked with a page controller on the right-hand side
Designer creates sleek Smartwatch concept inspired by Fitness BandsHamilton said he 'wanted to retain a slim form factor like the Fuelband and incorporate familiar UI components from iOS 7. [The concept], pictured, needed to feel natural on the wrist and look like something Apple would actually produce'
Hamilton said he 'wanted to retain a slim form factor like the Fuelband and incorporate familiar UI components from iOS 7. [The concept], pictured, needed to feel natural on the wrist and look like something Apple would actually produce'
Similar to other smartwatches on the market, including the Pebble, Hamilton’s concept would connect to an iPhone via Bluetooth.
Describing the design process on his blog, Hamilton said: ‘A few months ago Thomas Bogner posted an iWatch mockup 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. 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. It needed to feel natural on the wrist and look like something Apple would actually produce.’
Designer creates sleek Smartwatch concept inspired by Fitness BandsPrevious concept images, including this one from MacUser magazine, featured a square screen, and a clunky design, that more closely resembled Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch
Previous concept images, including this one from MacUser magazine, featured a square screen, and a clunky design, that more closely resembled Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch
Designer creates sleek Smartwatch concept inspired by Fitness BandsSamsung beat Apple to the smartwatch market when it released its Android-powered Galaxy Gear, pictured, in September. However, its design, functionality and battery life has been heavily criticised
Samsung beat Apple to the smartwatch market when it released its Android-powered Galaxy Gear, pictured, in September. However, its design, functionality and battery life has been heavily criticised
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