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For years now, rumors of an Apple-made watch have been floating around the internet. Ever since 2008 when Steve Wozniak “let slip” that company’s future could lie in an iWatch, technology and design enthusiasts have continued to speculate about how such a product might look and function.
Last week, front-end developer and UI designer Todd Hamilton threw his own version into the mix; The design, which largely resembles a marriage between a Nike Fuelband and an iPhone, is based on a mock-up by Thomas Bogner.
“It was an impressive concept that got a lot of people excited including myself,” Hamilton says on his personal blog. “However, it had a major flaw: the orientation of the interface made it impossible to use…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.”
Hamilton’s version is a simple band with a curved touchscreen display, a single home button on the left, and volume control on the right. The lock screen is a black and white interface displaying the time, date, and button to activate Siri. Possible actions largely mimic that of the iPhone––tap to use Siri, swipe up to unlock, or pull down to view notifications.
“While I was designing this I found myself pretending what it would be like to use swiping gestures on my wrist,” he writes, encouraging readers to do the same to get a feel for how the product would feel to use.
The homescreen (or springboard) has four app icons vertically stacked with a page controller on the right. Users would swipe up or down to move between pages and press the home button to return to the lockscreen.
Hamilton’s comprehensive mock-up also includes his ideas for a health and fitness app (think Jawbone, Fitbit, and Nike Fuel), along with his thoughts on how the iWatch will get its data (“tethered to the iPhone over Bluetooth, providing a data connection through your existing plan”); however, the most interesting part of his design is probably the animated “use case” which walks you through the hypothetical Phone app and gives a real sense of how the product might actually look and feel as you were using it:
What do you think of his design? Would you make any changes or are you already sold on Hamilton’s iWatch?
For more information on Todd Hamilton or to view his original post visit ToddHam.com.
Images: Todd Hamilton
Last week, Samsung introduced their new Smart Home app to the world, now Google is getting in on the ‘connected home’ action. On Monday, the company announced that they will be purchasing Nest, maker of smart thermostat and smoke detectors, for the bargain price of $3.2 billion dollars.
Nest was launched in 2011 with the mission to “reinvent unloved but important devices in the home,” and has since raised around $80 million from investors including Shasta Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, and Google Ventures.
“Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family,” said Google CEO Larry Page. “They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now––thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams!”
After the transaction is complete (it is expected to close in the next few months), Nest will continue to operate under the direction of CEO Tony Fadell, previously known for leading the development of Apple’s iPod.
“We’re thrilled to join Google,” he said. “With their support, Nest will be even better placed to build simple, thoughtful devices that make life easier at home, and that have a positive impact on the world.”
This latest purchase is further evidence that companies are looking at the ‘connected home’ as one of the next big things in technology.